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


  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 confirms the link to Bobby Fischer set at the same time period.

  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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