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Does the new Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit" resemble any real life chess master?

The character Beth Harmon is purely fictional. The series is based off a book by the same title by Walter Tevis. The author had a tendencie to base books drawing from personal experiences but he wasn'...
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Does taking tranquilizers count as cheating in chess?

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) uses the list of prohibited substances published by the World Anti-Doping Agency. I did not see tranquilizers on the list, although I can't say I'm familiar enough ...
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Difference between chess puzzle and chess problem in this episode of The Queen's Gambit?

As a chess composer, seeing most problems being called puzzles is rather frustrating. A while ago, I personally revamped the problem and puzzles tags. The problem tag says: Chess problems consist of ...
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Difference between chess puzzle and chess problem in this episode of The Queen's Gambit?

tl;dr: Chess problems must meet defined quality standards. Chess puzzles need not. (Disclosure: I am a chess problemist.) Chess problems are all subject to rigorous conventions that are not that ...
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Does the new Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit" resemble any real life chess master?

I take it you're referring to Beth Harmon, the protagonist of the series. There's no single chess master that resembles her, but various masters resemble her partially: In the fact that she's female: ...
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Is the chess game from the movie "Revolver" a plausible game?

The scenes we see in the movie are not completely coherent, some of the things we see are in the wrong order, and the initial chessboard seems to come from the same game, but it is not completely ...
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Sherlock Holmes vs Professor James Moriarty, A Game of Shadow-Chess Game Position Reconstruction

Here is my current solution. For convenience and resemblance to the Larsen-Petrosian game, I have assumed Sherlock Holmes is White. [FEN "1q3rk1/2p1p1b1/r1Ppn1p1/3R4/6B1/4BR2/PPn3PK/8 w - - 0 3"]...
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Difference between chess puzzle and chess problem in this episode of The Queen's Gambit?

What is a chess problem? The wikipedia definition is pretty good: A chess problem, also called a chess composition, is a puzzle set by the composer using chess pieces on a chess board, which presents ...
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Sherlock Holmes vs Professor James Moriarty, A Game of Shadow-Chess Game Position Reconstruction

A SMALL NOTE ABOUT DESCRIPTIVE NOTATION: Both players calculate coordinate from their side of the board towards the opponents. In algebraic notation both sides calculate coordinate from White's side ...
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In "The Queen's gambit" were there any famous games played?

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://...
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In "The Queen's gambit" were there any famous games played?

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 ...
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Chess movies in Hollywood & Bollywood with GMs in them

Check out Grossmeyster. Mikhail Tal exchanges a few words with the main character. Keres, Kotov, Taymanov, Averbakh have cameo appearances. Victor Korchnoj plays the main character's coach. I don't ...
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Difference between chess puzzle and chess problem in this episode of The Queen's Gambit?

The character, Beth, says she doesn't do chess problems because those situations don't come up in real games. She may be speaking in a more metaphorical sense, to say that chess problems don't come ...
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In "The Queen's gambit" were there any famous games played?

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, ...
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Chess movies in Hollywood & Bollywood with GMs in them

The 1993 American drama film “Searching For Bobby Fischer”, based on the book with the same, has a few cameos by grandmasters. Here is a list of them per Wikipedia. Anjelina Belakovskaia, who has the ...
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