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 stole $6 from her mom to pay for USCF membership. She needed $5 more for the tournament. Beth only needed $5 for the chess tournament.
   Beth stole $10 from a student's purse in the locker room before she got money from Mr. Shaibel. Beth used the $5 loan from Mr. Shaibel to enter the tournament.
   In Beth's game with Cooke, he offers a draw which she refuses immediately. Beth looks over at Townes first, he shakes his head, then Beth refuses the draw.
   Beth did not believe in God, but prayed to God to beat Beltik. Beth is never shown praying after her adoption.
   Beth has her first period at her first tournament. Beth never learned about menstruation from the staff at the orphanage; Jolene taught her. The orphan girls watched a film on maturing. The other female chess player (Packer) gave her a sanitary napkin to use in the ladies room.
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