What's the Difference between The Queen's Gambit the Book and The Queen's Gambit the TV Show?


The Queen's Gambit

Released: 1983
Author: Walter Tevis

The Queen's Gambit

Released: 2020
Creator: Scott Frank
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Beth Harmon
Beth Harmon
Portrayed by: Anya Taylor-Joy
Benny Watts
Benny Watts
Portrayed by: Thomas Brodie-Sangster
William Shaibel
William Shaibel
Portrayed by: Bill Camp
Harry Beltik
Harry Beltik
Portrayed by: Harry Melling
Alma Wheatley
Alma Wheatley
Portrayed by: Marielle Heller
Kentucky tournament officials
Matt and Mike
Portrayed by: Matthew and Russel Lewis
Jolene DeWitt
Portrayed by: Moses Ingram
Un-named tournament officials
Matt and Mike
Portrayed by: Matthew and Russell Louis
The Queen's Gambit Book vs TV Show
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In the Book In the TV Show
   Beth's adoptive mom has a piano, but is never depicted as playing it. She plays piano at home and at the hotel during one of Beth's tournaments.
   The girls played volleyball in gym class. Jolene taught her how to play. No gym class is depicted.
   Beth is invited by the Apple PI's to a meeting, she leaves after a boring evening and she is not invited back. Beth is invited to an Apple PI meeting, she is bored and leaves early after stealing a bottle of liquor from the house.
   When finishing her game with Luchenko after their adjournment the previous day, Beth notices that Luchenko is exhausted and completely rumpled in appearance. Luchenko looks tired, but smiles with relief when he resigns the game.
   Beth is interviewed in her hotel room after the tournament. She says the orphanage was cruel and stopped her from playing chess after Mr. Shaibel trained her. Beth is interviewed after the adjournment of her game with Borgov. She insists that the reporters print that Mr. Shaibel taught her how to play. Townes is present and joins her in her room to talk.
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