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By Walter Tevis

8 year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and via all appearances unremarkable. that's until eventually she performs her first online game of chess. Her senses develop sharper, her pondering clearer, and for the 1st time in her lifestyles she feels herself absolutely on top of things. by way of the age of 16, she’s competing for the U.S. Open championship. yet as she hones her abilities at the specialist circuit, the stakes get larger, her isolation grows extra scary, and the concept of break out turns into the entire extra tempting. enticing and fast paced, The Queen’s Gambit speeds to a end as dependent and pleasurable as a mate in 4.

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She picked up her suitcase and went into the terminal. *** This time she was once awaiting to think the darkish hostility that even seeing him throughout a room can make her think, yet being ready for it didn't cease her from a pointy consumption of breath. He used to be status along with his again to her, speaking to newshounds. She seemed away nervously, as she had appeared away the 1st time on the zoo in Mexico urban. He used to be simply one other guy in a dismal swimsuit, one other Russian who performed chess, she advised herself. one of many males used to be taking his photo whereas the opposite was once chatting with him. Beth watched the 3 of them for your time, and her stress eased. She might beat him. She grew to become and went to the table to sign up. Play may begin in twenty mins. It was once the smallest match she had ever noticeable, during this dependent previous development close to the École Militaire. there have been six gamers and 5 rounds—one around an afternoon for 5 days. If she or Borgov misplaced an early around, they wouldn't play one another, and the contest used to be robust. but, powerful because it was once, she didn't consider both of them will be crushed by way of a person else. She walked in the course of the doorway into the match room right, feeling no anxiousness in regards to the online game she will be taking part in this morning or in regards to the ones over the following couple of days. She wouldn't play Borgov till one of many ultimate rounds. She could meet a Dutch grandmaster in ten mins and play Black opposed to him, yet she felt no apprehension. France was once no longer identified for its chess, however the room they performed in used to be appealing. crystal chandeliers hung from its excessive blue ceiling, and the blue flowered carpet at the flooring used to be thick and wealthy. there have been 3 tables of polished walnut, every one with a purple carnation in a small vase along with the board. The vintage chairs have been upholstered in blue velvet that matched the ground and ceiling. It used to be like a dear eating place, and the event administrators have been like well-trained waiters in tuxedos. every thing used to be quiet and gentle. She had flown in from manhattan the evening prior to, had visible nearly not anything but of Paris, yet she felt comfy right here. She had slept good at the aircraft after which slept back in her lodge; earlier than that she had installed 5 sturdy weeks of perform. She had by no means felt extra ready. The Dutchman performed the Réti beginning, and she or he handled it the way in which she did while Benny performed it, getting equality via the 9th stream. She started attacking ahead of he had an opportunity to fort, firstly with a bishop sacrifice after which by means of forcing him to renounce a knight and pawns to safeguard his king. via the 16th stream she was once threatening mixtures everywhere in the board and even supposing she used to be by no means in a position to carry one off, the possibility used to be adequate. He used to be compelled to yield to her a section at a time until eventually, bottled up and irrecoverably in the back of, he gave up. She was once strolling fortunately alongside the Rue de Rivoli by means of midday, having fun with the light. She checked out blouses and sneakers within the store home windows, and whereas she got not anything, it used to be a excitement. Paris was once rather like big apple yet extra civilized. The streets have been fresh and the store home windows brilliant; there have been actual sidewalk cafes and other people sitting in them having fun with themselves, speaking in French.

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