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Book vs Film: The Queen’s Gambit

If you’ve seen the mini-series The Queen’s Gambit, released on Netflix in October, then you already know it’s a powerful illustration of addiction, love, and ambition, as well as the only chess-based psychological drama you’ll likely ever consume. Although it would officially go on to become Netflix’s most-streamed limited series, the question remains – how […]


A grandmaster’s chequered life: The Queens Gambit

What dimension involving a board allows a woman to be unquestionably all-powerful despite being saturated by men? For the moment, the chess board. Netflix’s The Queens Gambit is a retelling of a book of the same name by Walter Trevis. Playing the almost unbeatable ‘queen’ of chess, the ruthless and graceful Beth Harmon, is the […]


Chess: The Musical

When telling people that I was going to see Chess: The Musical, they questioned why I would be interested in seeing actors don cumbersome costumes as they danced across a large chessboard. The reality, however, was a much more promising premise involving a love triangle between the American and Soviet chess champions, and a Hungarian-American […]


Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe is a film that slowly reels in your heart, if not simply for the innocence and integrity of its heroine Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga). On the surface it is a story of an underdog chess prodigy, however the story soon evolves, foregrounding the fierce love of a mother in Nakku Harriet (Lupita […]