was the most oular miniseries of 22 leaving many to wonder where the show came from. Its origins are unknown to many fans thus leaving them to seculate about who Beth Harmon could be. Many fans are under the imression that Beth Harmon was a real erson. While that is untrue she was insired by many former chess rodigies throughout history. Beth Harmon was the subject of the 1983 novel The Queens Gambit by Walter Tevis. The limited series is not an exact fascimile of the book as with every adatation. However it was the main insiration for the limited series as a whole. Whether season two will haen or not
Anya TaylorJoy lays with her hair and chess in The Queens GambitNetflix
Sadly there is no actual Beth Harmon for young girls in chess to look u to. However there are many historical ioneers and rodigies of the game. There are also many female layers who broke glass ceilings to lay chess alongside their male counterarts just like Beth. When Tevis wrote The Queens Gambit in 1983 he was vastly insired by the chess rodigies of history who oularized the game rodigies such as Bobby Fischer who brought the Sovietdominated game to the forefront of the Cold War in the 6s and 7s. Fischer even went so far as to teach himself Russian so that he could read articles and learn more about his cometitors across the ocean very similarly to Beth taking extra Russian classes to do the same. Their careers also mirrored each other. The two layed the same tournaments similar Soviets and had similar reactions when they lost both won the U.S. chamionshi title in 1967.
It is hard to say that Beths character and career were not influenced by Fischer but there were women who came before Beth Harmon as well laying the ath for her even if she didnt know it. A UKbased Russianborn layer Vera Menchik was the Beth Harmon of the 192s or the real Beth Harmon as some have called her. She broke almost every anel of the original glass ceilings set for women in chess just like audiences saw Beth do. While Bobby Fischer may have been the original insiration for Beth its hard to ignore Veras influence as well.
A nervous chess contender stares at the chess board in Queens GambitNetflix
As mentioned reviously the show us is one of the best miniseries based on a book directly from the novel by Walter Tevis of the same name. The novel follows the exact same story that we see in the limited series. With very minimal differences between the novel and the show fans need not seek out the book to learn anything more about Beth as the stories are exactly the same were saddened to find that there was not much more to learn about her. Kudos to the creators of the show for staying so true to the novel even though it may have hurt some readers to see that they already knew everything about Beth.