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Throughout "The Queen's Gambit" (Netflix) we see games at an advanced stage (after the opening).

And while the characters are fictitious, the show being set in the 1960s (Beth adult), Benny Watts (US champion) is probably Bobby Fischer, and Vasily Borgov (World champion) Tigran Petrosian.

Were there any famous games (or part of) played within the show? (involving Fischer, Petrosian or any other famous player)

Note: Garry Kasparov and Bruce Pandolfini were the main chess advisors.

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  • Why the downvote? – Breaking not so bad Nov 1 '20 at 0:22
  • I haven't seen the show, but Vasily Borgov sounds like a Russian name to me, and Tigran Petrosian of course was Armenian. Maybe Borgov was supposed to be Vasily Smyslov, who was world champion in 1958? – bof Jul 12 at 22:39
  • I wish I could play that good as she is acting. :) "As for the games in the series, she learned the exact move sequences by heart five minutes before filming each of them." Wow! I wish I could do at least that much. – user28338 Jul 21 at 15:36
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Olimpiu G. Urcan has posted several twits about references of historical games and positions that appear in "The Queen's gambit": https://twitter.com/olimpiuurcan

For example:

https://twitter.com/olimpiuurcan/status/1321098273717825536

Connoisseurs will quickly recognize a small tribute to Bobby Fischer in this very brief #TheQueensGambit scene: it's the conclusion of his crushing win over Bent Larsen from the 1958 Portorož Interzonal. Harmon's 29.d7 (instead of Fischer's 29.Bxf6) still wins, of course.

https://twitter.com/olimpiuurcan/status/1319653477778296832

Beth Harmon's final game with Vasily Borgov, her Russian nemesis, is based on that spectacular draw between Ivanchuk and Wolff from the 1993 Biel Interzonal.

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Agadmator made a video about the final game between Harmon and Borgov which I recommend you to watch. The first 37 moves of that game were identical to a game played between Ivanchuk and Wolff in 1993 Biel Interzonal.

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A blitz game in the show, between Elisabeth Harmon and Benny Watts is copied from a famous Kasparov - Van Wely encounter in Wijk an Zee 2000.

Or rather, as Loek Van Wely explained himself on Facebook, did he got tricked when Kasparov used Harmon's game from 1968 in a devilish opening preparation ?

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