The Queen's Gambit: A Novel

The Queen's Gambit: A Novel

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Tevis, Walter

Word Count

64,000 words

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256 pages

Edition Publisher


Edition Publish Date

January 1, 2003


ISBN-10: 1400030609

ISBN-13: 9781400030606

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Eight year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she’s competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as she hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting. Engaging and fast-paced, <b>The Queen’s Gambit</b> speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four.