Book Review: The Queen’s Gambit

You’ve probably heard of The Queen’s Gambit, Netflix’s limited series from the minds of Scott Frank and Allan Scott. It is one of the most successful offerings on the platform ever and was the streaming giant’s top program in 63 countries within a month of its release according to Yahoo.

Did you know, though, that the series starring Anya Taylor-Joy as a precocious chess player was based on a novel of the same name? The 1983 offering from Walter Tevis could be considered a must-read for anyone who enjoyed the show.

Why Should You Read the Book?

You may think that, because there’s a series out already, there’s no need to read the original text now. Indeed, many people have made the false assumption that books are on the way out because of the rise of streaming platforms. In fact, it’s the opposite that’s true. According to PIA’s study, there was a 25 per cent increase in the number of people reading books in the USA in 2020. The eBook market exploded and raked in more than $1 billion. Those figures highlight that more people are reading than ever, and social media influencers have been part of that push.

However, series could also be playing a part in helping people discover books. With many offerings, like The Queen’s Gambit, being inspired by fiction, fans of the shows may search out the books to get more detail about the story.

If you loved The Queen’s Gambit series, you will most likely enjoy the book. While the Netflix offering was a faithful adaptation, Tevis’s novel provides a much greater amount of depth around the characters. The fact that it has sold more than 1.5 million copies and has been translated into over 30 languages highlights just how popular it is.

What Makes The Queen’s Gambit a Chess Player’s Bible?

The Queen’s Gambit will appeal to players and non-players of chess alike, thanks to the way Tevis manages to cleverly make the game’s strategies accessible to all readers. However, the book will be particularly appealing to people who’ve played the game before. Indeed, some chess players may consider it to be a bible for the game.

An article in Medium describes The Queen’s Gambit as a “fast-paced and captivating tale,” and emphasizes how it can be an exciting read for all. It also features details about many of the intricacies of the game, however, and chess players can use it as a resource to advise them on their own methods.

Despite being a fictional tale, The Queen’s Gambit’s depiction of a chess player’s rise to greatness can also serve as inspiration. It can spur chess players to enter more tournaments

and try to reach the top. In addition to that, it can motivate people in other fields to try to be the best they can possibly be.

The Queen’s Gambit may have been written forty years ago, but it has stood the test of time. For anyone who has seen the series, it is essential reading. It could also be an excellent text for aspiring chess players to consume

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