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‘The Queen’s Gambit': Behind the Scenes of the Climactic Chess Showdown

‘The Queen’s Gambit': Behind the Scenes of the Climactic Chess Showdown

This story about The Queen’s Gambit first appeared in the Limited Series & TV Movies issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine.

The Set-Up: American chess whiz Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), rising like a phoenix from the ashes after battling lifelong drug and alcohol addiction, bucks up and heads to Russia for the match of her life. The tense showdown, which includes one dramatic adjournment, leads to (spoiler alert) her triumphant victory against Vasily Borgov (Marcin Dorociński) at the 1968 Moscow Invitational Chess Tournament.

Four behind-the-scenes experts involved with writer-director Scott Frank’s blockbuster Netflix limited series spoke to TheWrap about shooting the heart-racing battle of wills.

The Production Design

Uli Hanisch, production designer

“This sequence looks a little different than the rest of the series. It’s very solemn and churchlike: lots of blacks, whites, grays. We had to illustrate visually that Beth was playing for dear life. There are no bright colors anymore,

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