The Queen’s Gambit hit series concept? How true is the story?

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The Queen’s Gambit is a series written and directed by Scott Frank who created it with Allan Scott, owner of the rights to the original book.

The story follows the life of Beth Harmon, a fictional chess champion on her rise to the top of the chess game worldwide while she also struggled with alcohol and drug addiction.

Netflix on October 23rd released the series, The Queen’s Gambit. Within a period of four (4) weeks, the series became Netflix’s most-watched scripted series in 63 countries worldwide.

The hit series received a lot of praise and positive response for great performances, cinematography and production values.

The Queen’s Gambit won eleven (11) awards at the Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited Anthology Series. It also won two awards at the Golden Globe Awards.

Anya Taylor-Joy who played the lead role as Beth Harmon also won the award of Best Actress in Ministries/Television Film at the Golden Globe Awards.


The Queen’s Gambit focuses on the life of Beth Harmon, an orphan and chess prodigy in her journey to become the greatest chess player of her time.

The young orphan girl having lost her parents in a car crash was taken to an orphanage where she learnt to play the game of chess from the caretaker of the orphanage.

Beth with time became a very good chess player who goes ahead to conquer her world with the chess game.

How True Is The Story of The Queen’s Gambit?

Though the series and characters are fictional, the inspiration of The Queen’s Gambit series is close to that of the real-life chess champion and Grandmaster, Bobby Fischer.