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The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis
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Dec 31, 2009

really liked it

This is a very enjoyable book. How Tevis makes fictional chess matches as exciting as he does is beyond me, but there is definite tension in those scenes. The main character, Beth Harmon, is very flawed but immensely likable and it's impossible not to root for her. It's also notable that this story is so enjoyable for a person (like me) who doesn't know how to play chess. Various part of matches are described in detail, move by move, but it's done in a way that doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the story for those clueless about the game. Supporting characters and memorable, and there aren't any wasted pages in the book. Highly recommended.
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