QUEEN'S GAMBIT by Walter Tevis
I am not sure what drew me to this book. I know nothing about chess and the book was chock full of chess matches. I was unable to follow the moves and,
in fact, had never heard of terms like the "middle game" before.
an orphan, is taught chess by the janitor at the school/orphanage where
she lives. She begs him to learn and at once excels. Once adopted, her
adopted mother uses (in a benign way) her ability to support them. Both
of them are in flight from any real world.
We follow Beth from match to match across the years. She picks up some bad habits in terms of substance abuse along the way. An interesting book about a child prodigy and how she makes the jump to an adult champion. Highly recommended especially for those who play the game.
Tevis also wrote THE HUSTLER and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH.
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