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 considered splitting her Cincinnati winnings, but decided against it. Beth gave her mom (Mrs. Wheatley) 10% after she asked Beth for it. Mrs. Wheatley asked for 10% of Beth's winnings, Beth agreed and gave her 15% instead.
   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.
   Sickness excuses were used to get Beth out of classes at first. After Beth appeared in Life magazine, her mother talked to the school to get her excused for the next tournaments. Sickness excuses were used at first, then nothing is revealed about how Beth was excused from school later on.
   The tournament director treats Beth and her mom to dinner after her Kansas City win and tells them about Russian chess. Matt and Mike go to dinner with and discuss international chess Beth and her mom after Beth wins in Kansas City. Mrs. Wheatley pays.
   Townes interviews and photographs Beth for his newspaper in his hotel room in Las Vegas. She wishes he would make love to her. Townes is not depicted as gay. He photographs and interviews her. They play some chess but are interrupted by Townes' gay boyfriend.
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