The Queen’s Gambit centers on Beth Harmon, an orphaned chess prodigy. With the help of the janitor at the orphanage where she lives, Beth builds an astonishing chess proficiency, despite her growing dependency on tranquilizers, which have been provided by the state to sedate the children. Haunted by her personal demons and burdened with the gift of genius, Beth navigates her social awkwardness amongst peers and her overconfident ego behind a chessboard. Fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, she evolves into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast, determined to conquer the traditional boundaries in the male-dominated world of competitive chess. This limited series was adapted from Walter Tevis’s novel of the same name.
The Carsey-Wolf Center was delighted to welcome UCSB alumnus and series co-creator Scott Frank for a virtual Q&A with Patrice Petro, the Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center.