The Netflix original miniseries Queen’s Gambit has gotten everyone a bit more interested in chess, so for those who wish to try test their skills against a challenge, you can now play against a bot modeled around Elizabeth Harmon.
Chess.com has a variety of bots that have been modeled after chess players, both real and fictional, and the newest to join their ranks (chess pun unintentional) is the ability to play a game with Beth.
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The bot comes as a celebration of the success of the new Netflix series, which has also revitalized interest in the original novel by Walter Tevis. It’s built to replicate her aggressive, quick style of play, favoring short trades, and pinning its opponents into the same traps that Harmon loves.
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It will usually lean on her favorite setups and rely on skills she’s learned at various parts of her career; expect the Sicilian Defense if you happen to play white, and a deadly Queen’s Gambit if you play black. The bot will even often play by-the-book moves that Beth uses in the novel, which is super-cool for those into really obscure book details.
You can play against Beth at all stages of her career: from an 8-year-old sitting on a milk crate who doesn’t know what the pieces are called, all the way to the young woman aspiring to be the youngest chess champion in the world.
Challenge the bot as often as you’d like, but be warned: Beth is a ruthless player that will take some time and practice to beat—unless you’re also a prodigy.