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
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In the Book In the TV Show
   Beth got $400 from the US Chess Federation for her trip to Russia. Beth uses her own money to get to Moscow. Beth asked the USCF and the State department for help and got nothing. Jolene gave Beth the money she needed.
   After playing several games at the Moscow tournament, Beth walks in the park and sees old men playing chess, she admires how good some of them play. She is recognized and the men eagerly greet her. After the tournament, Beth goes to the park and asks to play a game. Beth wanders over to the park and sees old men playing chess, she does not disturb them. It is not until after the tournament that she goes to the park, is recognized, and plays chess with the old men.
   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.
   Beth talks on the phone with Benny, Levertov and Wexler to discuss strategy during the Borgov game adjournment. Beth talks to Benny, Mike, Matt, Beltik, Wexler and Levertov about her game during the adjournment.
   During the endgame Borgov makes an unexpected move. Beth relaxes, closes her eyes for an hour and visualizes the game prior to making her next move. Beth looks at the ceiling, concentrating on her imaginary chess board as she did from the past. This takes only a short time, but attracts the attention of Borgov and several other observers.
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