Check. Netflix’s big hit, The Queen’s Gambit, is a fascinating tale of high-stakes chess.

Updated: Dec 12, 2020


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


If you’re still in that turkey-and-stuffing-induced slumber and can’t muster the energy to do any shopping, settle in with the remote and head to Netflix where you will find the newest must-watch mini-series, The Queen’s Gambit.


The Husband and I just power-watched all seven episodes and I’m a little sad that we hurried through it so fast.


The Queen’s Gambit is based on a 1983 novel of the same name that follows the story of Beth Harmon, a child prodigy who rises to the top in the little-known world of high-stakes chess.

The fascinating story follows Beth’s tumultuous childhood that lands her in an orphanage where she connects with Mr. Shaibel, the janitor who teaches her the game.


She is adopted as a teenager and begins her quest to become a world-champion chess player while battling addiction and a strained relationship with her adoptive parents.


Listen when I tell you this seven-episode series is one you don’t want to miss.


You don’t have to love chess or understand it to enjoy watching Beth make her moves.


I’m more of a checkers girl myself, but that hasn’t stopped me from reading all about it.


It’s fascinating.


The Queen’s Gambit set new records on Netflix; ranking No. 1 in 63 countries and spurring a newfound interest in the game.


(Sales of chess sets and books about the game have also skyrocketed.)


The Husband and I have binge-watched a handful of shows since the pandemic began (Yellowstone, You and Virgin River), but The Queen’s Gambit just might be our all-time fave.


So settle in with a Gibson (that was Beth’s mother’s drink of choice) and begin the extraordinary story of Beth Harmon and her rise to the top of the chess world.