Beth Harmon becomes an orphan when her parents are killed in an automobile accident. At eight years old, she is placed in an orphanage in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, where the children are given a tranquilliser twice a day. Plain and shy, she learns to play chess from the janitor in the basement and discovers that she is a chess genius. She is adopted by Alma and Allston Wheatley and goes to a local school, but remains an outsider. Desperate to study chess and having no money, she steals a chess magazine from a newspaper store and then some money from Alma Wheatley and a girl at school, so that she can enter a tournament. She also steals some of the tranquillisers to which she is becoming addicted. At thirteen she wins the tournament, and by sixteen she is competing in the US Open Championship. Like Fast Eddie (in The Hustler), she hates to lose.
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Gripping reading . . . Nabokov's The Defense and Zweig's The Royal Game are the classics. Now joining them is The Queen's Gambit (FINANCIAL TIMES)
The Queen's Gambit is sheer entertainment. It is a book I reread every few years - for the pure pleasure and skill of it (Michael Ondaatje)
Don't pick this up if you want a night's sleep (SCOTSMAN)
More exciting than any thriller I've seen lately; more than that, beautifully written (Martin Cruz Smith)
What Walter Tevis did for pool in The Hustler, he does for chess in The Queen's Gambit (PLAYBOY)
A psychological thriller (NEW YORK TIMES)
From the author of THE HUSTLER, THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT is a modern classic about a troubled chess prodigy and her battle to survive.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 2009. Book Condition: Good. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP35048013
Book Description Paperback Aug 27, 2009. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Ex-library book, usual markings. Clean copy, sound binding. Quick dispatch from UK seller. Bookseller Inventory # P02_4211_NG_03/17