The Queen's gambit

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Vintage Books, Mar 11, 2003 - Fiction - 256 pages
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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 professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting. Engaging and fast-paced, The Queen’s Gambit speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four.

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There's only so much an author can do to make tournament chess exciting for non-players. Tevis did reasonably well. The writing is flawless and the illustration of Beth Harmon's stunted character is ... Read full review

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I read it because Tevis' The Hustler is a great, great novel, and The Color of Money is very good as well (much better than the film, which was basically a Tom Cruise vehicle and an lame excuse to ... Read full review


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Walter Tevis was an English literature professor at the University of Ohio. He is the author of seven books, including three that were the basis of major motion pictures: The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Hustler, and The Color of Money. His other books include Mockingbird, Far From Home and The Steps of the Sun. He died in 1984.

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