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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Walter Tevis's The Queen's Gambit is my first chess novel. And, like any good novel, it purports to be about chess, but it's really about its characters. And it's damn good. It's opening is as good an ... 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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