the queens gambit Season 1 Episode 1

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Elizabeth "Beth" Harmon is orphaned at age 9 when her mother dies in a car crash on New Circle Road. She is taken to an orphanage, where the children are given tranquilizing pills to make them more compliant. While cleaning erasers in the basement, Beth discovers the custodian, Mr. Shaibel, studying chess on his own. After repeated requests he reluctantly agrees to teach her the game; she has already worked out how the pieces move by observing him. She becomes obsessed and improves quickly, thanks to her spatial intelligence and abuse of the mind-altering tranquilizers, which allow her to focus and visualize chess games on the ceiling above her bed. When she is able to beat him regularly, Shaibel introduces her to the local high school chess club teacher, Mr. Ganz, whom she also beats. Ganz invites her to play a simultaneous exhibition against his entire club. After the state passes a law outlawing the use of tranquilizers on children, Beth begins to suffer from withdrawal. Provided a tranquilizer pill by her friend Jolene, Beth beats Ganz’s entire class easily, later commenting to Shaibel on their poor chess skills and how invigorating it was to win. Still suffering from withdrawal, she is caught stealing a jar of the medication and passes out after overdosing by swallowing several mouthfuls of pills.

A

Anya Taylor-Joy

BC

Bill Camp

MI

Moses Ingram

IJ

Isla Johnston

CS

Christiane Seidel

RR

Rebecca Root

CP

Chloe Pirrie

AN

Akemnji Ndifornyen

MH

Marielle Heller

HM

Harry Melling

PK

Patrick Kennedy

JF

Jacob Fortune-Lloyd

TB

Thomas Brodie-Sangster

MD

Marcin Dorociński

Stars:

Anya Taylor-Joy. Bill Camp. Moses Ingram. Isla Johnston. Christiane Seidel. Rebecca Root. Chloe Pirrie. Akemnji Ndifornyen. Marielle Heller. Harry Melling. Patrick Kennedy. Jacob Fortune-Lloyd. Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Marcin Dorociński.

Release Date:

October 23, 2020

MMPA Rating:

PG-0

Plot Keywords:

drama sport

Cast & Crew of

the queens gambit Season 1 Episode 1

Cast

A

Anya Taylor-Joy

BC

Bill Camp

MI

Moses Ingram

IJ

Isla Johnston

CS

Christiane Seidel

RR

Rebecca Root

CP

Chloe Pirrie

AN

Akemnji Ndifornyen

MH

Marielle Heller

HM

Harry Melling

PK

Patrick Kennedy

JF

Jacob Fortune-Lloyd

TB

Thomas Brodie-Sangster

MD

Marcin Dorociński

Seasons

the queens gambit

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the queens gambit 1

8.1/10

Orphaned at the tender age of nine, prodigious introvert Beth Harmon discovers and masters the game of chess in 1960s USA. But child stardom comes at a price. ...

MMPA: PG-0 . Release: October 23, 2020

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram,

Other Episodes

the queens gambit Season 1

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Episode 4

8.1/10

Beth takes night classes in Russian at a local college. She attends a party where she smokes marijuana and loses her virginity to one of the students. Left alone in his empty apartment for the weekend, she indulges herself with more alcohol and drugs. After graduating high school, Beth travels to an ...

Release: October 23, 2020

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram,

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Episode 7

8.1/10

Jolene informs Beth that Mr. Shaibel has died. They travel to attend his funeral, visiting the trailer Beth and her mother lived in and the orphanage, which Beth refuses to enter. After the funeral, Beth revisits the orphanage and is moved to tears when she finds newspaper clippings on Mr. Shaibel's ...

Release: October 23, 2020

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram,

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Episode 6

8.1/10

On their journey to New York, Beth and Benny entertain themselves by playing chess without a board and practicing Russian. In New York, Benny and Beth begin an intense and disciplined training regime to prepare her for the Paris tournament. He brings in two strong players, Hilton Wexler and Arthur L ...

Release: October 23, 2020

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram,

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Episode 5

8.1/10

Beth returns home to Kentucky and reconnects with Harry Beltik, who is attending college and has romantic feelings for her. At Beth's suggestion, he moves into Alma's house to accompany the now lonely Beth. The two spend time training and sleep together a few times until Beltik realizes Beth's obses ...

Release: October 23, 2020

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram,

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Episode 3

8.1/10

Beth wins the tournament in Cincinnati, giving Alma 15% of the prize money. Beth continues to skip school while traveling to tournaments and quickly gains national recognition for her achievements. She also begins dressing more stylishly as her winnings increase. At school, Beth is invited to a meet ...

Release: October 23, 2020

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram,

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Episode 2

8.1/10

After her overdose, Beth is forbidden to play chess. Years pass, and Beth is adopted as a teenager by Lexington couple Alma and Allston Wheatley. Alma drinks heavily and Allston is emotionally distant, frequently leaving for "business trips," making clear to Beth that the marriage is not a happy one ...

Release: October 23, 2020

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram,