The Queen’s Gambit | How to play your next chess move

If you hit the lounge to watch The Queen’s Gambit television series in 2020, you are not alone. Millions around the globe tuned in to watch young chess genius Elizabeth Harmon take on world champions and win.

Beautifully filmed with an engaging storyline, it is a surprise to many this is not based on true story. The Queen’s Gambit was written by accomplished fiction author Walter Tevis and released in 1983. Walter also penned other classics such as The Hustler, The Colour of Money and The Man Who Fell to Earth.

The series offered a chance to dive into the sub-culture of the chess champion world and what it takes to get to the top. So, what is a Queen’s Gambit? A gambit in which a sacrifice of the queen's bishop's pawn is offered. 

The Queen’s Gambit | The Official Trailer

10 popular chess opening moves from The Chess Website:

10. Slav Defense 
9. London System
8. Caro Kann Defense
7. Fried Liver Attack
6. French Defense
5. Ruy Lopez
4. Nimzo-Indian Defense
3. King’s Gambit
2. Sicilian Defense
1. Queen’s Gambit

Chess is a two-player strategy game, thought to have originated around the 7th century. Take a look at the top chess champions of all time.


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  • Chess for beginners – Learn the history of chess and much more. Get to know the pieces, the board and the notation. Become a master of the moves and tactics of chess Find out which chess apps to download on your phone.

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End-game – Reserve these dramatic chess DVDs to watch at home:

  • Pawn sacrifice: gripping true story of American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer.
  • The transporter refuelled: former special-ops mercenary enters a game of chess with a femme-fatale.
  • The dark horse: inspiring true story of New Zealand chess champion Genesis Potini.
  • The seventh seal: after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess.
  • Queen of Katwe: based on true story of a girl from Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she pursues the dream of becoming an international grandmaster.


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