That’s how realistic chess and prodigious minds are in Netflix’s ‘Lady’s Gambit’

This is how realistic chess and prodigious minds are in Netflix's 'Lady's Gambit'

The new Netflix series, The Queen’s Gambit, is sweeping and, in part, is also making chess fashionable . In addition, your proposal is very realistic and careful in all details.

Not surprisingly, the producers worked with two consultants, Garry Kasparov , the former world champion, and Bruce Pandolfini , a well-known chess coach from New York City.

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Among the most common errors that we can find when the cinema approaches chess: boards that are oriented incorrectly (there should always be a white square in the right corner), incorrect positions of pieces (such as inverting the kings and queens in their squares initials) and characters who do not know how to move and manipulate the pieces.

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However, in Gamito de Dama these and other errors have been avoided. The actors were trained to play and move parts as if they were experts, which is usually done with rapid movements , almost like a machine gun.

In addition, the games depicted in the series are not only realistic, they are also real, based on real competitions. For example, the match in which Beth defeats Harry for the Kentucky state title was from a game that took place in Riga, Latvia, in 1955; the last fast chess game in which he beat Benny was played at the Paris Opera in 1858; and the match in which he faces Russian champion Vasily Borgov (Marcin Dorocinski) in the series finale was played in Biel, Switzerland, in 1993.

Although Gambit de Dama is a work of fiction and the characters that appear in it never existed, there are passing references to players who did exist, including world champions José Raúl Capablanca , Alexander Alekhine , Mikhail Botvinnik and Boris Spassky . There is also a curious moment when Harry compares Beth to Paul Morphy , an American who played that famous game at the Paris Opera in 1858 and is considered the greatest player of the 19th century.

There is also a grain of truth in the scene where Harry Beltik (Harry Melling) takes out a large box of chess books from his kitchen and begins to pass them to Beth in her living room, only to find that he has already read the story. most of them. Most particularly skilled chess players have probably played at least a few games entirely in their heads, as do Beth and Benny.

Chess is actually very exhausting, it is a mental sport. You need to be healthy to play, in good shape. So it may not be very realistic for Beth to use tranquilizers and alcohol to focus and replay games in her mind . If people use substances during their chess careers, they are more likely to use them to relieve stress or anxiety, not to actually improve their game.

Although it also has its plausible side in the sense that the great players do not see the board as the laymen do: they perceive patterns. And that allows them to recreate patterns in their head, as if they were reading phrases or words instead of the individual letters in a text , as I explain in the following video: