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 learns to save the tranquilizer for night time. She needed them to help her sleep. Beth avoids pills and alcohol prior to playing chess. Jolene tells her to save it for the night because they are more fun that way. Beth eventually uses the pills to help her focus while playing chess.
   Beth would play chess for brief periods when sent to the basement after math class. She also skipped Sunday chapel to play for an hour. Few details on how she managed to find time to play chess.
   Beth learned how to block the Scholar's Mate while thinking about the game in bed. Mr. Shaibel said he would teach Beth how to defend against it later.
   Beth also skips lunch on Sundays and is able to play 3 hours in the basement with Mr. Shaibel No details on how long she spends each Sunday playing chess.
   Jolene tried to teach Beth how to masturbate in bed at night, but Beth resisted. The next day Jolene called Beth ugly, This did not happen in the TV series.
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