Netflix and Read: The Queen’s Gambit

Just like with books, shows will also leave me wanting more. While The Queen’s Gambit is based on a book by Walter S. Tevis it’s also pretty darn popular right now, as anyone who has seen the show can probably imagine. So here are a few other diamonds in the rough to get you through…and fingers crossed for season two!

Lea by Pascal Mercier

Lea’s father does everything he can to grow Lea’s brilliance with the violin. Using it as an outlet after the death of her mother, Lea’s talent and fame grows exponentially, but the relationship with her father deteriorates. Told by a third-person narrator this novel delves into the madness of genius.

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

More comfortable with solitude, Annika Rose prefers chess to people. When she runs into her ex-boyfriend from her college days, Jonathan -the one person she liked being around – something begins to rekindle. Incorporating stories from the past to understand the present, we navigate Annika’s life with hope for more – both in love and life.

Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall–from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness by Frank Brady

Inspired by the talents of Bobby Fischer it only makes sense to include him in this list. Definitely far from perfect, surrounded by controversy, and struggling with balancing genius and madness – Frank Brady dives into a life lived in incredible fame and struggling descent.

Birth of the Chess Queen: A History by Marilyn Yalom

Chess originally existed without the most powerful piece – the chess queen. This book examines the history of the chess queen and how she emerged to occupy the board as we know it today.

The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming A Grandmaster by Tim Crothers

The true story of Phiona Mutesi who grew up in the Kampala slum of Uganda. A search for food leads her to the doorstep of Robert Katende, who uses chess as a way to empower (and feed) the children who grew up as he did. An immense talent grows in Phonia. With that talent she begins to win and travel around the world with the Chess Olympiad. But her life back home is never too far behind with all the instability that can bring especially when your goal is greatness.

~ posted by Kara P.

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