The high level of interest in Netflix’s adaptation of the 1984 Walter Tevis novel, The Queen’s Gambit has brought this most popular game back to the forefront of pop culture. Chess expert/teacher J.J. (who’s also a grad student in philosophy) joins your hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt to consider chess culture, what gives this game its edge on other contenders (why not Terra Mystica?), player personality characteristics, and the effect of chess media.
We consider gender, genius, and other issues in Gambit, plus Pawn Sacrifice, Searching for Bobby Fisher, The Luzhin Defense, and The Coldest Game.
A few articles and lists:
- “Five Myths About Chess” by Jennifer Shahade
- “Queen’s Gambit Beauty Debate Explained” by Constance Grady
- “The Fatal Flaw of the Queen’s Gambit” by Sarah Miller
- “16 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘The Queen’s Gambit’” by Janaki Jitchotvisut
- “10 Essential Movies About Chess” by Tim Grierson
- “10 Movies to Watch About Chess if You Liked Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit” by Jake Dee
- “‘Genius’: 10 Films That Explore the Brilliant Mind” by Kat Sommers
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