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The Queen's Gambit By Walter Tevis The Queen s Gambit Eight 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

  • Title: The Queen's Gambit
  • Author: Walter Tevis
  • ISBN: 9781400030606
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Queen's Gambit By Walter Tevis Eight 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 she hones her skills on the professionalEight 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 she hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the tempting Engaging and fast paced, The Queen s Gambit speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four.
    The Queen's Gambit By Walter Tevis

    The Queen s Gambit TV Mini Series Oct , 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 frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the tempting Based on the book by Walter Tevis Plot Summary Add Synopsis Queen s Gambit The Queen s Gambit A Novel Tevis, Walter Mar , Beth Harmon is an unforgettable creation and The Queen s Gambit is Walter Tevis s most consummate and heartbreaking work Jonathan Lethem Gripping reading.N Nabokov s The Defense and Zweig s The Royal Game are the classics now joining them is The Queen s Gambit The Financial Times The Queen s Gambit miniseries The Queen s Gambit Official Trailer for Netflix Series Sep , Frank co created The Queen s Gambit with Allan Scott, and both men are executive producers on the project along with WIlliam Horberg, who produced Anthony Minghella s adaptations of The Queen s Gambit by Walter Tevis Jun , The Queen s Gambit by Walter Tevis . Rating details , ratings reviews Eight 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. Queen s Gambit Chess Openings Chess One of the fundamental variations of .d is the Queen s Gambit White immediately strikes at Black s central pawn from the side Although the c pawn is not guarded, this is not a real gambit, since White can always get the pawn back if he wants.

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    1. Lynne King on said:

      At eighteen, Beth Harmon has established herself as the queen of American chess She may be the most gifted player since Morphy or Capablanca no one knows just how gifted she is how great a potential she holds in that young girl s body with its dazzling brain To find out, to show the world if America has outgrown its inferior status in world chess, she will have to go where the big boys are She will have to go to the Soviet Union.Imagine this story though Beth, a plain, shy eight year old becomes [...]

    2. Lisa Vegan on said:

      I love this book It s feeling really challenging to try to start my next any book because I doubt I ll enjoy it as much as I liked this one I have added this one to my favorites shelf.I m so grateful that my book club agreed to read this for our March book For me it was the perfect book at the perfect time In fact, some of my book club members were having a hard time getting a copy, so I quickly finished the last couple of chapters so that they could read my library copy before its due date That [...]

    3. Jeremy Bagai on said:

      I so adore this book.The twin passions of games order, clarity, focus, beauty, creativity, competition, transcendence and addiction chaos, release, abdication, destruction, waste Loneliness and alienation Redemption Tevis works these themes in all his books The Hustler most similarly , The Man Who Fell to Earth most wrenchingly.But I think Queen s Gambit is his best The writing is pure and invisible The tension, excitement, and suspense brought out by the chess matches is unreal, and a master co [...]

    4. Andrew Smith on said:

      I read somewhere that this is one of Lawrence Block s favourite stories Well, if it s good enough for LBI d enjoyed chess as a child and recall the hype and excitement surrounding the world championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, in the 70 s This book captures the excitement chess can evoke trust me and you don t even have to have played the game to enjoy it.The story of an eight year old orphan who transforms her life through chess is brilliantly told I was sad when I finish [...]

    5. Hilary on said:

      Beth is an orphan and only 8 yrs old when we meet her She is quiet and clever and soon discovers she has a talent for chess when she is introduced to the game by the janitor The story follows Beth with her dream of playing chess at the top level, her struggle with alcohol and tranquilisers.There were some very good characters in this story, all with their own problems, their good and bad sides I enjoyed Beth s strong character and loved her matter of fact attitude I give this 4.5 stars as althou [...]

    6. Daniel on said:

      Greatness is this book.Tevis upset my understanding of writing and literature with The Man Who Fell to Earth, and he did it again with this book The prose is incredible in its transparency, while Tevis s storytelling is so straightforward as to be mind boggling There are no tricks, no boon doggles, no fast ones, and no gimmicks the story unfolds the way the story needs to unfold, and all of it makes for great reading And protagonist Beth Harmon I will never forget her, and I will always hope tha [...]

    7. Arwen56 on said:

      Come molti altri lettori, di cui ho scorso le recensioni, degli scacchi conosco solo le regole generali In teoria, quindi, potrei anche giocare una partita, ma probabilmente la perderei nel giro di un minuto al massimo Ci nonostante, questo romanzo, che pure ha frequentissime descrizioni di agguerriti confronti tra giocatori esperti, mi ha veramente tenuta avvinta dall inizio alla fine.Il fatto che Tevis ha creato qui con Elizabeth Harmon un altro personaggio affascinante, al pari dell alieno de [...]

    8. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly on said:

      I read this in less than two days, among my fastest The action is both on and off the chess board The star is Beth Harmon, a female chess prodigy who was orphaned at eight and learned chess by at first watching, then playing with, the janitor at the basement of the orphanage s school basement As punishment for stealing tranquilizers to which she became addicted when the orphanage officials gave these to their wards regularly before she was banned from playing the game for several years She was a [...]

    9. Sheela on said:

      I found this book on a stoop and it sat on one of my shelves for months if not years I pulled it off the shelf to give to a co worker at a new job I thought he looked awfully bored and was letting his potential go in a mind numbing position But I started reading the book on my way into this job and never put it down I enjoyed the way Tevis created a girl who was real, surreal, and stronger as a female than often portrayed Her wicked mind in chess captivated me The book was meant for ME to read.

    10. Steve on said:

      This book got me into chess in a very big way Sounds trite, but it literally changed my life 21SEP13 I saw that the above two sentences garnered a second like yesterday, but I knew when I saw it that if not on than somewhere I d written than just those two sentences about this amazing book Regarding some details mentioned below, I will reiterate that I m still a chess head as I approach the ninth anniversary of my first reading I have way than fifteen chess books now probably closer to three t [...]

    11. piperitapitta on said:

      Cosa c entro io con gli scacchi Assolutamente niente, ma questa una storia il cui minimo comune multiplo tra la maggior parte dei lettori aNobiiani che l hanno amata quello di non saper assolutamente giocare a scacchi una bella storia di solitudine e disagio, di crescita e formazione, di scompiglio interiore e apparente impenetrabilit.Beth Harmon ha soli otto anni quando, gi orfana di padre, le muore la madre e, sola al mondo, viene portata nella Methuen Home in Kentucky una bambina solitaria, r [...]

    12. capobanda on said:

      Mr MagooDi per s , la storia di una giovane orfana che si emancipa da una condizione difficile grazie al suo talento sembrerebbe destinata ad offrire al lettore quel tipo di soddisfazione che ogni tanto agli stremati dagli sguardi sull abisso, dalle domande inevase e insomma dal senso di frustrazione generale che di solito comportano le buone letture necessaria come il pane.Quel genere di piacere di bassa lega che attraverso l eroe ex sfigato che ce la fa ti illude che c un ordine delle cose, la [...]

    13. Sandra on said:

      Premetto che non so giocare a scacchi.Nonostante ci questo romanzo che racconta la vita di Elizabeth Harmon, da quando inizia a giocare a scacchi con il custode nello scantinato dell orfanatrofio in cui vive dall et di otto anni, fino a quando non diventa una campionessa mondiale di scacchi a diciannove anni mi ha incatenato fino all ultima pagina.Elizabeth una ragazza sola, incapace di instaurare rapporti umani, quasi un aliena E una donna sola nel mondo maschilista degli scacchi, dove viene vi [...]

    14. pierlapoquimby on said:

      Faccio prima a spiegare perch non prende cinque stelle.Be , non le prende semplicemente perch il romanzo esattamente ci che ti aspetti dalla prima riga, non dir cosa per evitare spoiler, tanto l avete gi capito.Tevis scrive cos appiccicato alla trama che neanche lo noti, evita con grande accuratezza tutto il superfluo, ogni compiacimento La partita che gioca essenziale e diretta, sembra quasi non esserci un narratore in queste pagine, solo una storia.

    15. Bill on said:

      I used to listen to this podcast called the Enthusiasticast, where these two guys would talk about books they were enthusiastic about Obviously The Queen s Gambit was one of them, and despite this being a book about chess, they went on about how suspenseful and terrific it was.Somewhere along the line, my memory either failed me or I had misinterpreted something, because I was under the impression that besides the chess aspect, this was a story that was wrought with suspenseful intrigue I took t [...]

    16. Ben Loory on said:

      An hour later she drew Goldmann and Board Three She walked into the tournament room at exactly eleven, and the people standing stopped talking when she came in Everyone looked at her She heard someone whisper, Thirteen fucking years old, and immediately the thought came into her mind, along with the exultant feeling the whispered voice had given her I could have done this at eight.

    17. notgettingenough on said:

      What did I think Like most chess novels, it just doesn t ring true if you are involved at a competitive level If you aren t, then I imagine this is a fair way to spend an aeroplane trip Me It irritated me constantly, but I ve given it a second star on the basis that if I wasn t me, I probably would have liked it.

    18. Diane on said:

      Her mind was luminous, and her soul sang to her in the sweet moves of chess This was a reread for me I had never heard of Walter Tevis, but the description of this book interested me, so I bought it It wasn t until later that I learned Walter Tevis was the author of The Hustler and The Man Who Fell to Earth, both of which were made into movies I have on idea why The Queen s Gambit was never filmed It certainly should be I haven t played chess since I was in junior high and I ve forgotten a lot, [...]

    19. Terry Pearce on said:

      I think maybe this is may favourite kind of book It makes me think of Don Carpenter s Hard Rain Falling, Carson McCullers The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and John Williams Stoner Simple, measured, yet beautiful prose a straightforward storyline about a life melancholy and heartache and difficulty that is at the same time minute and all encompassing Beth is a beautiful character and you cannot but feel and root for her, and while in the mix is plenty of plot, it is measured and each step thought and [...]

    20. L.A. Starks on said:

      This book, first published in 1983 a year before Tevis death features a strong, appealing female protagonist focused on winning at chess Beth Harmon carries the book with her story as a savant who visualizes complex chess plays as readily as people breathe.I recommend this book for the unusual Asperger s like characterization of Beth, her genius, and her courage However, readers should be aware that The Queen s Gambit is dense with arcane chess terminology.

    21. Luke on said:

      Picked up a used copy of The Queen s Gambit after reading favorable gushing, actually blurbs from Michael Ondaatje and Jonathan Lethem on the back cover The novel traces the coming of age of its protagonist, Beth Harmon, orphaned at the age of eight, who turns out to be a chess prodigy and is playing against the best players in the world by the time she s a teenager The writing is exquisite, especially the earlier passages when Beth is living in a Kentucky orphanage and first learning the game Y [...]

    22. Jenne on said:

      I found this book lying on a table at the library one day and started reading it A great story I keep recommending it to people but I don t think anyone s taken me up on it yet.

    23. Erik Hanberg on said:

      A joy to read from front to back Whether you know chess or not, I would highly recommend this book Loved it.

    24. Cfkotula on said:

      I liked this story of a young girl s coming of age while becoming a world chess prodigy I also like that she is a female prodigy in a men s world Although her love of chess drives her to overcome huge life challenges loss of parents, difficult upbringing, addiction to tranquilizers and booze and emerge with hopeBeth s personal life is just so sad, leaving me sad as well Also, although I played in a few high school tournaments, the extended game descriptions could turn off some readers who don t [...]

    25. Jesse Kornbluth on said:

      It was the spring of 1983 On a long plane trip, I started reading The Queen s Gambit The author was Walter Tevis, who had also written The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Hustler and who would later write The Color of Money I had read none of those books Nor had I seen the movies made from them I just had a hunch I was never smarter this is a novel that, very simply, cannot be put down The woman who would become my first wife tried to make conversation I shushed her A meal came I pushed it aside A [...]

    26. Chrisl on said:

      Have read this several times Quite appreciate how Tevis brings to life the many facets of genius in children growing up in brutal environments.

    27. Mark on said:

      THE QUEEN S GAMBIT is an absolutely superb novel it s almost impossible to put down Walter Tevis is best known for two novels that became the basis for famous films THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH and THE HUSTLER THE QUEEN S GAMBIT is the story of Beth Harmon, an orphan who turns out to be a chess prodigy While I know how to play chess I m not really a player, and in spite of the fact that much of this novel is about intricacies of competition chess matches, I still found it as thrilling as any thrill [...]

    28. Sasha on said:

      I read this book when I was 13 years old, when it first came out I probably re read it at least twice and I have never forgotten it.It s hard to distill the reasons I like Beth Harmon and her journey, she is as other reviewers have mentioned not easy to like But she feels real to me, and she felt real to me when I was 13 She has what she loves, Chess, and she has what she needs, tranquilizers, to which she became addicted in the orphanage and with which she will struggle throughout her journey I [...]

    29. Ffiamma on said:

      storia di beth harmon, orfana bruttina e incolore che scopre, per caso, di essere un genio degli scacchi e storia della sua ascesa in un mondo maschile e rigido, fatto di punteggi, dedizione e grandi maestri, nonostante la dipendenza da farmaci e alcol libro avvincente anche per chi di un ignoranza abissale in materia libro profondamente umano perch la protagonista, nonostante il talento mostruoso, ha debolezze e lati oscuri da cui si riscatta solo con una ferrea volont senza dubbio, uno dei mig [...]

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