Hi TV lovers, I’m excited about my next stop on the series train. This story begins in Lexington, Kentucky where a nine-year-old orphan girl called Beth is introduced to the game of chess by the orphanage custodian Mr. Shaibel. She gets addicted to the daily tranquilizers dispensed to the orphan girls as they help her with visualizing the chess moves in a game. She sets her sights on beating the best in the game in various tournaments while struggling with her dependency on alcohol and tranquilizers.
The Queen’s Gambit is based on a book by Walter Travis with same name. It streams on Netflix.
1. Where would you rank it among your favorite shows?
2. From 1-10, how obsessed are you?
I’ve always been fascinated with chess since I was quite young. Even tried playing against the computer but I always lost. So to watch a show and make chess so intriguing, I was all for it. I’d rate myself at 9.
3. How did you discover the show?
I came across a number of great reviews of the show on social media so I decided to watch it.
4. What was your initial thought of the show and did it change after watching it?
I liked Beth’s character from the start – with her initial fascination with the game to her passion of learning all she could to be the best at it. Though she was flawed, I liked how her humanity was portrayed throughout the show.
5. Why do you like the show?
I like the show because of how it makes chess so appealing…and shows the realities of life; sometimes you win; sometimes you lose. In all, you learn and grow.
6. Favorite episode?
I enjoyed every single episode!
7. Favorite characters?
Beth – She was a chess genius obviously but I loved that she just didn’t rely on the talent. She judiciously studied the art of playing and excelling at it. A great lesson and inspiration for me.
Benny – Full of himself but a sweetheart nonetheless. He was a great help to Beth. I was so touched that he and the other guys that Beth had played against came together to help Beth with winning moves for her most important game against Borgov, the Russian champion.
Townes – I loved his cool calm composure. Opposite of Benny but also a sweetheart.
Jolene – The crazy friend we all love to have! She came through at the right time.
Mr. Shaibel – The unsung hero in the story – Beth’s first chess tutor.
8. Worst villain?
Beth’s step-dad, Mr. Wheatley. For abandoning his wife Alma and Beth and not bothering to even be involved in Alma’s burial matters, it showed how mean and insensitive he was. The worst kind of husband and father.
9. Who is your crush on the show?
10. If you were to be a character, who would you choose?
Beth or Jolene.
11. Which of the characters would you like to meet?
12. What lesson(s) have you learnt from the show?
Talent is never enough – study like your life depends on it! Drugs might feel helpful initially but they can never substitute for discipline and learning. When you have something you need to do and someone comes by with a distracting offer, don’t take the bait. It’s not worth it.
People need people.
Sometimes, Most times, one person’s victory is credited to a whole team of people working behind the scenes providing the right info at the right time. Let’s never take the people we work with for granted.
Completion doesn’t have to mean rivalry. See it as a learning tool for progress.
Have you watched The Queen’s Gambit yet? What do you think of the show? Kindly share your thoughts and thanks for watching.
© Josephine Amoako 2021