The Queen’s Gambit (2020) Analysis: Making Chess Thrilling

Netflix’s 2020 mini-series The Queen’s Gambit is a triumphant period-drama that makes the game of Chess come alive in a thrilling, eclectric manner. My analysis, review and video essay explores how The Queen’s Gambit makes chess so thrilling and exciting, explores Anya Taylor-Joy’s brilliant performance, as well as examining the work of costume designers and make-up artists to make this show look so vibrant

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  1. I've been learning to play chess more and this show seems really interesting. I'll have to check it out

  2. Amazing show. Love everything about it!!! I want to learn chess now🤣🤣

  3. Seems interesting will check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. i loved this show! i used to play chess as a kid, so I obviously binged watched this whole show. im so happy you made this video essay

  5. The Queens Gambit is a great advert for Chess especially for girls and non-Chess players. The story line is based on the American, Bobby Fischer who famously only played 1 e4 before winning Game 6 in the 1972 World Championship with The Queens Gambit against the Champion, Boris Spassky from Russia in which he sportingly congratulated Bobby on a great game and was considered the best game of the Championships. Bobby Fischer was a Chess prodigy and at 14 years old won the United States Championships. The one trait that is incorrect is the drug substance abuse as I have never come across that from any Chess player of any ability being that it would affect their game negatively. I thought the performance was excellent in which the chess games were from those played by past Masters. Adjourning a game did occur in the 1972 World Championship for which they are no longer used for many years since the development of chess engines and players playing shorter games to a finish. This interesting article by menshealth.com/entertainment confirms the link to Bobby Fischer set at the same time period. https://www.menshealth.com/entertainment/a34516612/queens-gambit-true-story/

  6. Brilliant analysis buddy! Definitely agree with a lot of your points for sure, particularly on the editing, Anya Taylor-Joy and visual aesthetics!
    I just uploaded my own video essay sharing my thoughts on The Queen's Gambit – If you'd like to check it out and drop some feedback, that'd be amazing! If not, no worries. Have a great week and keep up the good work!

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