In episode 3 of The Queen's Gambit, Beth and her adoptive mother travel the country to compete in many chess tournaments. During their travels, Beth is acquiring more and more fame all the while she is absent from her high school classes.

In one montage, we see that Beth's adoptive mother contacts the high school numerous times to call her daughter in sick with a severe cold or even a bad case of the flu.

How could the school possibly keep believing all these calls while Beth had basically become a national chess hero in the meantime? They would most certainly have known if one of their students attained such status?

  • @Paulie_D It was USA, other then that, yeah. I doubt OP knows many grandmasters...
    – Mithoron
    Dec 26 '21 at 19:12
  • Oops, good point, my error. Had a English feel for me but that's a good thing in my opinion. ☺
    – Paulie_D
    Dec 26 '21 at 19:39
  • @Paulie_D That could very well be the case. On the other hand, in the series, there's quite some emphasis on how extraordinary it is that America's next chess prodigy is a girl. I would've imagined that maybe one of Beth's teacher would be somewhat into chess and had read about her in some magazine. But then again, it's entirely plausible that none of the school personnel gave two flying f's about chess and thus completely missed Beth's rise to fame. Dec 26 '21 at 21:01
  • I was an adult before I heard the name “Bobby Fischer”. I bet most Americans still might not know who he is. Dec 27 '21 at 0:47
  • Yeah, Bobby Fischer, you know, Princess Leia's brother... :p
    – CGCampbell
    Dec 29 '21 at 14:02

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