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    I finished watching last night. Thought it was very good, especially the ending was nice. The episode ratings on imdb currently range from mid-8's to mid 9's out of 10, sounds about right to me.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    I finished watching last night. Thought it was very good, especially the ending was nice. The episode ratings on imdb currently range from mid-8's to mid 9's out of 10, sounds about right to me.
    Were you able to follow the final game and understand it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver View Post
    Were you able to follow the final game and understand it?
    Not really but that wasn't my goal. If I'd been watching it on my own, I would have paused the screen to see the board better, but I think that would have been a bridge too far for Mrs Desmond (who liked it too). I did have a bit of an idea from watching #131.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    Not really but that wasn't my goal. If I'd been watching it on my own, I would have paused the screen to see the board better, but I think that would have been a bridge too far for Mrs Desmond (who liked it too). I did have a bit of an idea from watching #131.
    Thanks for posting that video. I am in the same boat: Mrs C-F enjoyed the series too, but doesn't play much chess and hasn't read the book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    Not really but that wasn't my goal. If I'd been watching it on my own, I would have paused the screen to see the board better, but I think that would have been a bridge too far for Mrs Desmond (who liked it too). I did have a bit of an idea from watching #131.
    So they went to all the admirable trouble of finding a suitable game, finding an improvement to it and using it in the series only to present it in such a way that experienced chess players could not follow it. That is one of the reasons the last episode annoyed me so much and I think it was a failure.

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    I liked TQG and it still made for an entertaining watch for my missus even though she doesn't know how to play the game.

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    Dmitri Luchenko – Beth Harmon

    The Queen's Gambit game where Beth won a terribly difficult game against the ex world champion Dmitri Luchenko was based on a real game with a Kasparov improvement.

    [Event "Yerevan"]
    [Site "Yerevan"]
    [Date "1988.05.??"]
    [EventDate "?"]
    [Round "12"]
    [Result "1/2-1/2"]
    [White "Arshak B Petrosian / Dmitri Luchenko"]
    [Black "Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian / Beth Harmon"]
    [ECO "E69"]
    [WhiteElo "2480"]
    [BlackElo "2460"]
    [PlyCount "92"]

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    Beth Harmon – Harry Beltik, identical to a Nezh brilliancy

    [Event "Spartak Team Ch"]
    [Site "Riga LAT"]
    [Date "1955.??.??"]
    [EventDate "?"]
    [Round "?"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [White "Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov/Beth Harmon"]
    [Black "Genrikh Kasparian/Harry Beltik"]
    [ECO "B11"]
    [WhiteElo "?"]
    [BlackElo "?"]
    [PlyCount "93"]

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    “The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”
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    Beth Harmon – Borgov, final game, 1968

    [Event "Biel Interzonal"]
    [Site "Biel SUI"]
    [Date "1993.07.16"]
    [EventDate "?"]
    [Round "1"]
    [Result "1/2-1/2"]
    [White "Vassily Ivanchuk/Beth Harmon"]
    [Black "Patrick Wolff/Vasily Borgov "]
    [ECO "D20"]
    [WhiteElo "?"]
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    [PlyCount "144"]

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    From the Oz:

    searches for ‘chess sets’ rose 273 per cent on eBay in the 10 days following the show’s debut at the end of October (around one search every six seconds).

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    ^^ and the actual purchase rates were... ?
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    I have watched 5 episodes now. Enjoying it, as is my wife who does not play chess.
    God exists. Short and to the point.

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    One of things that annoyed me about the Queen's gambit is the extremely clumsy way the events in the series were melded into real events. Perhaps the most heinous error is saying Luchenko beat Alekhine to become World Champion. Of course we know Alekhine died as World Champion, it is an insult to him to change that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver View Post
    One of things that annoyed me about the Queen's gambit is the extremely clumsy way the events in the series were melded into real events. Perhaps the most heinous error is saying Luchenko beat Alekhine to become World Champion. Of course we know Alekhine died as World Champion, it is an insult to him to change that.
    He did lose the title to Euwe though, before regaining it.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver View Post
    One of things that annoyed me about the Queen's gambit is the extremely clumsy way the events in the series were melded into real events. Perhaps the most heinous error is saying Luchenko beat Alekhine to become World Champion. Of course we know Alekhine died as World Champion, it is an insult to him to change that.
    Have you considered the possibility that it is a work of fiction? Otherwise we have a huge list of errors .... like Bobby Fischer was not female and Walter Browne didn’t wear a cowboy hat .... not to mention Tal’s ridiculous hairdo.
    Still searching for Bobby Fischer....
    and fighting against those humourless bureaucrats who are forever lost in the minutiae.

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