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The Queen's Gambit is an American coming-of-age drama miniseries created by Scott Frank and Allan Scott. It is based on the novel by Walter Tevis. The series is a story that explores the true cost of genius.

The plot begins in the mid-1950s and then proceeds into the 1960s, as the story follows the life of Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), an orphaned chess prodigy on her rise to the top of the chess world while struggling with drug and alcohol dependency.

On January 8, 2021 Netflix released a documentary film titled Creating The Queen's Gambit, a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of The Queen's Gambit.


"In a Kentucky orphanage in the 1950s, a young girl discovers an astonishing talent for chess while struggling with addiction."
—Official Netflix synopsis

Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.

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On February 3, 2021, the series was nominated for the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards in 2 categories.

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2021 Golden Globe Awards[1] Best limited series or TV movie The Queen's Gambit Won
Best actress in a limited series or TV movie Anya Taylor-Joy Won


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