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How can Beth call in sick for school when she is a national celebrity?

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 ...
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Why did Georgi make that proposal?

In The Queen's Gambit S01E04 (Middle Game), Georgi sighs and offers to adjourn the game (after 5 hours), seeing that Beth is tired. Why did he do that? He had a clear advantage on a player that was ...
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What did Beth Harmon mean by "I would say that it is much easier to play chess without the burden of an Adam’s Apple."

Before the final game, when the participants were interviewed by reporters, one of them asked, "Miss Harmon, What do you say to those in the Chess Federation who accuse you of being too ...
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Why didn’t Beth return to see Mr. Shaibel after she gained national recognition?

In The Queen's Gambit, Beth promised to pay him back $10 if she won her tournament but never sent the money or paid him a visit. She criticized the media for leaving him out of publication, leaving me ...
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How real is to have Muscovites gather on the doors of the tournament center to see the chess players after their matches?

In the 6th and 7th episode of The Queen's Gambit, Beth plays the Moscow Invitational, an important chess tournament (that is fictional) in Russia. Some of the best players from around the world play ...
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How can a chess game with clock take 5 hours?

In the 4th episode Beth plays against a Russian boy, at some point he says "the game is going on for 5 hours, you should seal your move". How can a game with a clock take 5 hours? In one of ...
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Did Cleo and Beth have sex?

In The Queen's Gambit, did Cleo and Beth have sex? If they did, then does that make Beth bi? We see in episode 1 and in the "Adjourn" episode that Beth wakes up in a bathtub full of water. ...
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Did Cleo purposefully try to sabotage Beth?

In the episode 6 - Adjournment - of the Queen's Gambit series, Beth is preparing for the big game with the Soviet champion Borgov. However, on the evening before, she receives a call from Cleo - a ...
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What are the green pills in The Queen's Gambit?

I watched the first episode of The Queen's Gambit on Netflix today. I watched it in English but as it's not my mother tongue I did not understand what are the green pills Beth Harmon takes when she's ...
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