The Queen’s Gambit

A whirlwind story of a prodigy orphan who takes the chess world by storm. Unfortunately, way too much Hollywood and lack of substance to be a recommended read for anyone else. Beth is orphaned, discovers a chess game in the basement with the janitor, develops a taste for barbiturates at age 8. Attempts to steal the entire jar of pills from the pharmacy when their supply is cut off because the state of Kentucky finds it odd that they are drugging their orphans. Chess genius is punished by not being allowed to play chess. Is adopted, the new mom is flighty and alcoholic, the dad flees to Denver. Mom learns that Beth can make money via tournaments, begins pimping her daughter out. Prodigy wins tourneys, loses a few battles with people who are currently better than her, then hooks up with them and hoovers out their knowledge (and sleeps with them) before moving on. Ends with the typical movie ending– goes to Moscow, beats Russian grandmaster, post-tournament goes to park and humbly asks one of the old men for a chess game.
Only good thing I got out of this was 2 new words:
* Eidetic – involving extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall especially of visual images
* Fianchetto – a pattern of development wherein a bishop is developed to the second rank of the adjacent knight file, the knight pawn having been moved one or two squares forward.