John, don't know if you get Netflix but there is an excellent 7 episode mini series on called "Queen's Gambit" that I have been hooked on.
"Nine year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she's competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting. Based on the book by Walter Tevis."
I thought of you right away when I started watching. You would love it. I sort of knew how to play back in the '70's but of course I lost everything I ever knew about it. One friend said, after watching it, that she wanted to learn how to play chess now.
Peggy, Laila and Angel Minchie
Thank you for that, Peggy. I don't get Netflix and can't watch it, but I have heard of it and seen some short clips from it. I watch a lot of YouTube videos on chess and found out about it there. There's even a "bot", a computer chess program named "Beth Harmon" that you can play online, though I haven't played that one. The Covid virus isolation has made online chess explode in popularity, and sales of chess sets are up from between 300 and 1000%, based largely on that series. I know some serious online players who are crazy about it but again, I can't watch it. I do have a movie about a real-life chess player named Joshua Waitzkin, called "Searching For Bobby Fischer", and I've read one of Waitzkin's books, 2 by his real-life chess teacher, (Bruce Pandolfini) and one by his Dad.
I know very few real-life chess players but I do play online chess at least once, very nearly every day. And you can trust me when I tell you that there's no subject, about which I can be more genuinely boring. John
I still haven't watched the last two episodes yet as, like everyone says, they don't want it to end. Assuming the moves are legit but you could fool me.
We do not get broadband at home, so no netflix here.
David and the CoolCyberCats
Well, there are 2 sisters, Judit and Susan Polgar from Hungary, who are 2 of the strongest female players in the world.Judit has long been the number one female chess player. As far as I know though, they never had all the personal problems with drugs and alcohol that "Beth Harmon" did in the series.
There were some major differences between the characters in "Searching For Bobby Fischer" the real-life people it was based on. I know that through the books that all 3 main characters wrote. (But don't get me started on that.) One of the big problems I had with the movie was that you could never get a good look at the positions on the board. If they ever did, I could freeze it and study it, but they never once showed the whole board.
I can well imagine that chess players love the series. If it's that popular, I can't imagine that they wouldn't try to extend it or make a sequel, or create something similar. Chess is touched on in tons of movies but it's not usually a big part of the plot. Chess players are starved for stuff like that. John
The book the movie is based on is fiction and I've read there will be no sequel, but knowing the movie industry, I think they could but it wouldn't be anywhere as good as the original.