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Satisfaction from watching Beth play the game This Book Made Me Even Curious And book made me even curious and in the game If I had read this as a teen or young adult I ll bet I d have made an effort to learn and play chess games Highly recommended Particularly recommended for those who enjoy coming of age stories orphan stories those have an interest in chess physical fitness addiction mentoring and feminism I read somewhere that this is one of Lawrence Block s favourite stories Well if it s good enough for LBI d enjoyed chess as a child and recall the hype and excitement surrounding the world championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in the 70 s This book captures the excitement chess can evoke trust me and you don t even have to have played the game to enjoy itThe story of an eight year old orphan who transforms her life through chess is brilliantly told I was sad when I finished it Makes me want to grab a chess set and set up the pieces Anyone fancy a game I so adore this bookThe twin passions of games order clarity focus beauty creativity competition transcendence and addiction chaos release abdication destruction waste Loneliness and alienation Redemption Tevis works these themes in all his books The Hustler most similarly The Man Who Fell to Earth most wrenchinglyBut I think ueen s Gambit is his best The writing is pure and invisible The tension excitement and suspense brought out by the chess matches is unreal and a master course to anyone looking to generate excitement in fiction I ve read the book a dozen times and my pulse still races during the tournament scenes The characters are lovely and heartbreaking While not a stylist like Salinger or Nabokov or Kundera and not as universal or varied as Atwood or Irving Tevis succeeds perfectly in all his ambitions Perhaps than any author I can think of Tevis revealed his oys fears and inner landscape He died in 1984 two years before I started entering pool tournaments I wish I had met him Blimey o reilly The ueen s Gambit was an absolutely stonking good novel the best I ve read in ages Why hasn t anyone ever told me to read Walter Tevis before He s an utterly fantabulous writer Set in 1950s60s America Beth Harmon is an orphaned chess prodigy who rises up through the ranks to become the American No1 and heads across the Iron Curtain to take on the World Champion the intimidating Russian Borgov The story is a bildungsroman but also about genius and addiction In the orphanage Beth becomes addicted to tranuillisers then later on discovers alcohol and uses both to get her through the increasingly challenging tournaments Which only adds to the fascinating nature of Beth s character rare incomprehensible talent coupled with a very relatable human frailty Tevis shows us his idea of how a chess prodigy might operate partly through mental visualisation partly through an unspoken instinct manifesting without clear articulation which is convincing if probably not wholly accurate I ve played chess but I m by no means a chess player I wouldn t even call myself an amateur I m that unskilled and yet I found it riveting to read a book filled with chess matches The matches are genuinely tense and thrilling to read even without understanding the moves as they re being described that s how accessible and interesting Tevis makes chess He really was an enormously gifted writerBeth s relationships were all awkward but touching in their way From learning chess from the orphanage s anitor Mr Shaibel to her cheerful but Fragile Foster Mom Mrs Wheatley foster mom Mrs Wheatley her first couple of boyfriends and her best friend Jolene they were all compelling though ultimately we see Beth as she always felt isolated and alone Partly through her intellect partly through unfortunate circumstances though it makes her subseuent addictions understandable Tevis prose is mesmerising and the pages flew by It s such a smooth and effortlessly gripping read I ve read thrillers that were less exciting than this novel about CHESS of all things There really isn t a single thing I can think of to critiue in the slightest I loved The ueen s Gambit totally and obviously I m recommending it to everyone and now. Gher her isolation grows frightening and the thought of escape becomes all the tempting Engaging and fast paced The ueen's Gambit speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in fo. ,

Eted exuisitely written and stunning book Set in the 1950s and 1960s Elizabeth Harmon is a chess prodigy with addiction issues She learns "Chess At Age Eight From "at age eight from anitor at her orphanage and obviously has a gift for the game When she is adopted at age twelve she eventually gets a chance to compete in tournaments Her addiction issues originate in the practice of medicating children to keep them subdued and losing her parents at a young age The chess tournaments are well crafted and the author creates a sense of dramatic tension I am not entirely convinced that the author captures the essence of a young woman particularly in her early relationships with various young men especially for that time period The parts of this book related to chess are interesting if you are a fan of the game but I am not sure they would be as engaging to a non fan This book s end game so to speak is particularly strong It made me want to check out the online chess games I used to play uite possibly a perfect example of a certain type of taut pulsating novel and a lesson in precision and how to mesmerise your readers And Tevis should have way I love this book It s feeling really challenging to try to start my next any book because I doubt I ll enjoy it as much as I try to start my next any book because I doubt I ll enjoy it as much as I this one I have added this one to my favorites shelfI m so grateful that my book club agreed to read this for our March book For me it was the perfect book at the perfect time In fact some of my book club members were having a hard time getting a copy so I uickly finished the last couple of chapters so that they could read my library copy before its due date That was easy to do This book was easy to pick up and hard to put down My preference when reading books is to stop reading at the end of chapters or at least at the end of mid chapter marked breaks but with this book I was happy to read until I had to put the book down to do something else Finishing a sentence was enough for me I didn t want to stop reading until I absolutely had to stop Beth Harmon is an amazing and memorable character I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her life and reading this amazing coming of age story I loved both the character and the story The secondary characters are also very well drawn out to ust the right amount in my opinion and they all also contribute to making this story great I don t even play chess and there is so much in this story that is play by play during chess games and I had no idea what was going on with the relaying of chess pieces moving on the board or what they meant yet the descriptions completely held my attention I was riveted I was hooked for start to finish I think if I knew the game of chess I might have gotten even out of the story though I have no complaints reading it not
the game I was afraid wouldn t enjoy reading about Beth as much when she aged age 8 to age 19 but I found her always interesting In fact even though the book ended in a satisfying way I d read a seuel if there was one Unfortunately this book was published in 1983 the author s seventh book and he died in 1984 so this is his last book The book is a really fast read it has 243 pages and 14 chapters some long The story took a few unexpected turns in the last couple of chapters I appreciated the twists in the storylineThis is a story about a girl who s a chess prodigy but if I had a thrillers shelf I d use it for this book It did read like a thriller especially parts in the middle and the end I wouldn t say that the language is gorgeous and it s not a particularly uotable book but I think that it s beautifully written The characters particularly the main character are completely believable It s a brilliantly constructed book Though it isn t a long book and the events take place over only 11 years it felt like an epic to me I ve always wanted to learn to play chess though I think the fun would be playing at an advanced level At this point I doubt I could learn to play past a beginner level and I certainly don t have the aptitude to play the way the best chess players can play It seems as though it would be a thrill to be able to play at a top level I got a bit of vicarious. T time in her life she feels herself fully in control By the age of sixteen she's competing for the US Open championship But as she hones her skills on the professional circuit the stakes get hi. ,

Greatness is this bookTevis upset my understanding of writing and literature with The Man Who Fell to Earth and he did it again with this book The prose is incredible in its transparency while Tevis s storytelling is so straightforward as to be mind boggling There are no tricks no boon doggles no fast ones and no gimmicks the story unfolds the way the story needs to unfold and all of it makes for great reading And protagonist Beth Harmon I will never forget her and I will always hope that after the end of this story she had a good and happy life I read this again as the lead book in a seminar that I am holding the lead book in a seminar that I am holding a clutch of senior high school students They loved the book which overjoys me because that might mean that Tevis has seven new adherents who in turn can spread the word of his prose further Yes this book is gospel to me I myself fell for the book once again while shining to scenes and details that had since faded from memory This book moves me so fully it makes me glad to be alive and glad to be reading I m a tad biased rating this In my youth I was a chess unkie The rise of Bobby Fischer coincided with my my youth I was a chess unkie The rise of Bobby Fischer coincided with my adolescence
I understand some of the stuff in this book and I can appreciate descriptions of well turned wooden chess men But putting nostalgia aside I wonder if slabs of the narrative would be inaccessible to non chess players The book was written in the early 1980s The writing style might have been cutting edge then but things have moved on in 35 years Ditto the storyline which held few surprises for me I didn t hate the book but I wouldn t recommend it to non chess players At eighteen Beth Harmon has established herself as the ueen of American chess She may be the most gifted player since Morphy or Capablanca no one knows ust how gifted she is how great a potential she holds in that young girl s body with its dazzling brain To find out to show the world if America has outgrown its inferior status in world chess she will have to go where the big boys are She will have to go to the Soviet Union Imagine this story though Beth a plain shy eight year old becomes homeless when her parents are killed in a car crash She had no choice in the matter but to be taken to the Methuem Home in Mount Sterling in Kentucky Here she as were all the other children was given a tranuilizer twice a day to even their dispositions Regrettably she was going to become addicted to these But Beth s life is transformed when she is asked to go into the basement to clean the blackboard erasers She sees Mr Shaibel the anitor playing a game on a board and by himself and soon finds out that it is called chess She never would understand what caused her fascination with this game but she managed to persuade the anitor to teach her Beth soon discovers remarkable chess openings such as the Sicilian defense the ueen s Gambit and the Stonewall Attack She proves to be a natural and soon she receives her first chess rating Beth in no time at all is the American Chess Champion However along the way she finds out what disappointment can be in a male dominated chess world and at what price And as for the ending wellI found the chess seuences absolutely riveting Beth actually planned the moves out in advance in her head and ended up stunning everyone with her play Plus throw in her adoption and her mother Mrs Wheatley upon seeing how good Beth is with chess soon encourages her to enter all the chess tournaments Also Beth s various relationships certainly helped her no end and then she meets the Russian GrandmastersI m not at all surprised that the author is no stranger to chess He learned to play as a seven year old and is now a class C playerI was really taken with the title and upon research found out that the ueen s Gambit is one of the oldest known chess openings It was mentioned in the G ttingen manuscript of 1490I play chess but really badly Nevertheless this book has certainly encouraged me to try and improve my gameThis remarkable gem has been languishing on my bookshelf for five months Why I haven t read it before I really don t know but I m glad I finally didOverall this is a poignant multi fac. Eight year old orphan Beth Harmon is uiet 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 firs. ,

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