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Fans Can Play Chess Against ‘Queen’s Gambit’s’ Beth Harmon

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.

Feature Image via NYT, Production Still via Netflix.

‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Anya Taylor-Joy Will Star in New Series Based On Classic Novel

The Queen's Gambit co-creator, Scott Frank, has big plans in the works for Anya Taylor-Joy. He plans to adapt Vladimir Nabokov's 1932 classic novel Laughter in the Dark, and the actress most prominently on his list is the lead of everyone's favorite Netflix Original chess-focused drama, Taylor-Joy.

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‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Anya Taylor-Joy: Proud Bookworm And ‘Potter’ Fan

Twenty-four year old Anya Taylor-Joy is quickly climbing the ranks in the acting world. Having begun in the horror genre, with films like Split, and then swerving into period pieces such as Emma, she's now found herself in the powerful female lead role as Beth Harmon in the Netflix original, The Queen's Gambit. And this power-house actress and winner of the BAFTA Rising Star Award is also just as passionate about books as the rest of us. 

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