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The 120/40 clock referred to for the tournament means that the player has to complete the first 40 moves in 120 minutes or they lose automatically. What is not explicitly stated in the movie is that there are time limits for the next sections of the game. 60 minutes for the next 20 moves is not uncommon -- so a five hour game is well within the rules. That ...


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I'll admit that I haven't seen the series, but let me just add that 'sealing a move' was common practice when playing with adjournments. That practice has disappeared, over-the-board games are now always finished the same day, but it used to be possible for games to be adjourned if they weren't decided after 40 or 60 moves. Wikipedia lists two common time ...


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Miss Harmon had a busy life; full steam ahead. She went from orphan to hero. Its rags to riches theme is the reason we enjoy it so. Time was really of the essence for Beth. Go go go. Her mother, hesitant at first, soon realised her potential and encouraged her to go here there and everywhere, all whilst sampling the top booze everywhere she went. I don’t ...


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cmp's comment is essentially spot-on: I saw it as a little dig. A battle of the sex. It’s preposterous to think that a woman can be too glamorous to play, just like it’s crazy that a man might have his voice box to worry about. A very good question, nonetheless! Think back to when Beth was being interviewed in her room, and then later her mother reads the ...


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Just to clarify the answer: The green pills are indeed tranquilizers: Tranquilizer, drug that is used to reduce anxiety, fear, tension, agitation, and related states of mental disturbance. Tranquilizers fall into two main classes, major and minor. Major tranquilizers, which are also known as antipsychotic agents, or neuroleptics, are so called because they ...


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In addition to cmp's answer, I would add the less flattering observation that Beth is very, and problematically, self-absorbed for the majority of the story. In the various flashbacks to her (biological) mother we see this was essentially taught to her by her mother, who warned her of the men who would try to control her and their fragile egos and pride, and ...


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Probably not While indeed we can see that Cleo is sleeping in Beth's bed in the hotel, I don't think that it means that they had sex. They indeed have returned to the hotel together and it seems that they've been drinking afterwards, but when the hotel staff member knocks on the door, we can see that Beth wakes up... in the bathtub, wearing still the same ...


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Chloe is a known chess groupie of Ben Watts. He met her at a Paris tournament and she is the kind of model that over stays her welcome because she’s bored with glamour and the fact that as she puts it, “we’re bodies that the clothes go on to show off, nothing more”. She wasn’t deliberately trying to sabotage Beth, again she is bored. I would say Beth giving ...


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I didn't think it was a sabotage and the show doesn't focus on that element much. But I wonder if that element was cut out of the show. Townes in the final episode said the Russian embassy helped him get a visa perhaps to distract her. How would the Russians or anyone know she had feelings for Townes? Nothing really happened b/w them. She'd revealed to Cleo ...


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The green pill is Librium, brand name for chlordiazepoxide. It is a derivative of benzodiazepine, which produces compounds such as Valium. Discovered in the late 50s, it was popularized in the 60s. https://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4588&context=flr


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My opinion is that Cleo was a Russian spy sent to sabotage Beth. It's clear from the scene in the elevator that the Russians know she had a substance problem. Beth meets Cleo in NY where she is a model who likes to hang out with chess players (?!) and seems genuinely interested in Beth. Then she conveniently shows up in Paris the night before Beth plays the ...


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Playing a single game of chess for five hours can be very grueling. Georgi is also one of the first players we've seen Beth play where her win (or loss) wasn't quick. It's also established (I can't remember before or after this scene) that Russian players will use adjournments to consult other players. We're not explicitly shown, but it's possible that ...


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Anger and fear. After the episode with the pills, they refused to let her go to the basement to play chess with Mr. Sheibel. This obviously hurt her deeply, and she begged him to help her out and he didn't. She grew to hate the place. Show also had an affection for him... A feeling which causes fear and anxiety in her. She often pushed everyone she likes ...


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Probably did Cleo and Beth have sex? It's open to interpretation, but my interpretation is that yes, Beth had sex with Cleo. At the very least, the viewer is intended to see it as a possibility, if not the only possibility. In the opening sequence of the first episode, we see only a dark-haired head in the bed, and Beth hesitates and gives a brief glance ...


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At first I was sure it was sabotage. Chloe admits to being jealous of Beth, and doesn’t stop her after one drink, as a good friend would. However, after reading one of the answers here, about Chloe ultimately being bored, I think that’s true, Chloe is more bored with her life than anything so it’s the boredom first that causes her to let Beth put on a show, ...


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