The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit

Book - 1983
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This is an exciting story of Beth, a brilliant chess player, and her eventual confrontation with the world champion, a Russian.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1983.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780394528014
0394528018
9780593314654
Characteristics: 243 p. ;,24 cm.

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Samuel999
Feb 23, 2021

BEST CHESS BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JCLCharlesH Feb 22, 2021

This cerebral 1983 chess drama is now the basis of a mini-series on Netflix. Focused on Beth Harmon, a child prodigy at the game, this novel grapples with questions of childhood achievements, unfulfilled goals, addiction, and depression. As well written as the book was, I found myself most drawn to the descriptions of the games, and in awe of the intellect described in the story.

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dschirmer
Jan 18, 2021

I wanted to read this book after the watching the Netflix series, this a rare occasion where I actually prefer the show over the book.

The book is great, I enjoyed reading it and I was as engrossed with the characters as I was in the show. However, this is a book that revolves around chess which I do not know anything about. The chess details in the book is not something I could follow which is the reason why I would choose the show.

I would definitely recommend adding this to your TBR pile.

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joe9047
Jan 05, 2021

I had not heard of this author before reading this novel. It is well written and fast paced. You can't put it down. I am going to find and read his other novels.

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horthhill
Dec 28, 2020

"The Queen's Gambit" by Walter Tevis is a sports novel about a young chess prodigy. The novel follows an 8-year-old girl - Beth - from her earliest chess tournament to an international invitational tournament in the Soviet Union when she is in her late teens. Well written with exciting chess. The people that surround Beth are a decent lot. First-rate.

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mvnose
Dec 22, 2020

Superb! An excellent well written novel. Fast read because I couldn't put it down.

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GracieLucy
Dec 10, 2020

Riveting - I could not put it down.

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redtayres
Nov 20, 2020

Hearing good things about the new Netflix series based on this book, I then saw author Michael Chabon mention that this book is one of his favorites. I delayed watching the Netflix series to savor the book without any preconceptions. What a wonderfully satisfying read.
I am so glad to have discovered this author and I cannot wait to watch the series now that I've completed reading. A simple story told with precision and exactitude is a recipe for perfection.
This was that.

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CPLannie
Nov 22, 2019

Another wonderful, fun, and exciting read from Walter Tevis. If you can relate to chess or simply, competition, then, you should enjoy the human and life twists in this tale.

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lukieg
Aug 21, 2019

I read this because Michael Chabon recommended it in an interview. I play amateur chess but could only follow along with fragments of the high level play described. However, that did not distract from this thrilling and fast paced book. In particular the last few chapters had me emotional and feeling crazy. Great story. Highly recommend.

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Feb 23, 2021

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