Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit is easily the best series that I’ve seen this year. It’s a brilliant and beautiful series that needs to be experienced by everyone! Even if you aren’t familiar with chess or you don’t care for the game, you will still enjoy this show.
If you have watched the series, I have a video essay here for you to watch that explores how The Queen’s Gambit captures and celebrates the beauty “of the game of chess itself, through consideration of the famous Karpov quote ‘Chess is everything, art, science, and sport.’ This video takes a look at both the game and the show, to make a case for each.”
A competitive sport that’s rooted in science and art, that allows entry of participants regardless of social or economic background or identity politics, that can teach a lot of valuable lessons about sportsmanship as you’ll rarely see the same sort of toxic gloating that you do in so many other sports, but it also teaches many lessons for life.
The video comes from Daniel Netzel of Film Radar and you can watch it below.