The Queen’s Gambit Just Set a Wild Netflix Record–and Yes, It’s Absolutely Worth the Hype

It definitely goes down in the DMs.  Roughly two weeks after the Oct.

23 premiere of The Queen's Gambit on Netflix, I raised the following question on Instagram Stories: Do I really need to watch this chess show? Back then, my feed was packed with photos and memes of a red-haired Anya Taylor-Joy obsessing over whether her character, Beth Harmon, should use the Scandanavian Defense or shake her opponent's hand and say, "I resign." I know nothing about chess and, until recently, had zero intention of ever caring about the game.

Why watch a show about something so, how do you say, boring? But within seconds of polling my friends, my DMs were flooded...

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