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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   Beth plays her best game (while sober) against Borgov in Paris, but loses. Beth drinks excessively the night before the Borgov game and sleeps with Cleo. She oversleeps, takes her pills and has another drink before the Borgov game which she loses.
   After a three week drinking binge, Beth appears at the Kentucky Championship, loses her first game then quits citing her poor health. Beth shows for the Kentucky Championship, speaks with Ms. Packer briefly then leaves without playing any chess. Beltik confronts her about her drinking outside and says she needs to stop. Beth looks and feels terrible.
   Beth contacts Ms. Deardorff at the orphanage to obtain Jolene Dewitt's phone number and address then calls her. Jolene shows up unannounced at Beth's house in Kentucky.
   Mrs Deardorf calls Beth to inform her of Mr. Shaibel's death after her tournament in San Francisco. Jolene informs Beth of Mr. Shaibel's death when she first arrives at Beth's house.
   Jolene helped Beth recover from her drinking, encouraged her to eat properly and put her on an exercise program including handball. They're shown playing racquetball once. Jolene encourages Beth to stop drinking.
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