The Queen's Gambit

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Vintage Contemporaries, Mar 1, 2003 - Fiction - 243 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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Incredible writing and characterizations. - Goodreads
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This book made me wish I knew a little more about the game of chess as I believe it would have been an even more compelling read. I was surprised, however, that I didn't feel bogged down in the ... Read full review

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A great novel that I would suggest to almost everyone. It's a pretty slim little book, but more then anything it's the invisible writing style that makes it a quick read. I think this book will appeal ... 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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