In the wake of the recent Netflix dramatic series The Queen's Gambit directed by Scott Frank, the chess world is booming. For the first time ever, chess.com would not let me play because their server reached capacity. That's right. They hadn't even built the digital infrastructure to support this much traffic. As a former competitive chess player, I've had a lot of people ask whether I have watched it, curious to know how the show looks to someone familiar with the game. I figured if there is so much interest in this show, I should blog of a few thoughts I had on the series, not from a cinematography perspective, but from a chess perspective.
Now a few weeks out from the massive spike in popularity, people have had time to make online accounts and learn a bit about the game. I've had multiple people approach me and ask how they can get better. In light of that, I am working on a series of blogs where I explain how to learn the game of chess! I will discuss some specific tactics and strategies, but the main intention is on how to get by with the least theory required and to get the most out of your time dedicated to studying and playing the game.
A Chess Player's Perspective on "The Queen's gambit"
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