The Queen’s Gambit is a Netflix limited series. Image source: Comic Years.

One of the biggest Netflix shows of the year is undoubtedly The Queen’s Gambit. The limited series tells the story of a brilliant chess prodigy, Beth Harmon, who battles her inner demons while proving that a young woman can become a master in a game dominated by men.

The coming-of-age show is based on a novel of the same name, written by Walter Tevis and published in 1983. Tevis himself was obsessed with chess, and struggled with addiction much like his protagonist.

If you’re like me, you finished the series in about a day, and were left wanting more of something you never knew you needed: chess content.

Fortunately, there is no shortage of books on the subject of chess. There are books about famous chess players, the history of the game, how to play, and fictional imaginings centered around the great strategy game. The list of titles below includes both e-books and print books available from the libraries. Follow the links to see the catalog records for more details, how to find the books in the library, and how to access e-books online.


The History & Game of Chess

Birth of the Chess Queen: A History by Marilyn Yalom

Famous Chess Players

Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds

How to Play Chess

The Complete Chess Course by Fred Reinfeld

Chess in Fiction & Poetry

The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis

Bonus: Streaming Film

Still from “The Seventh Seal” (1957)
  • “The Seventh Seal” (1957) directed by Ingmar Bergman – streaming via Kanopy (Access IT ID required)

Looking for even more books about chess? There are over 100 in our catalog alone, plus many chess-related periodicals. Explore more by searching the library catalog for the subject term “Chess” (see screenshot below).

To find books about chess, search the library catalog for the word “chess” using the Subject Field.

 

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