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    After the Moscow Invitational, Beth lingered in Moscow. An encouter with the man she had just beaten - Vasily Borgov - led to the unthinkable consequence that flipped her world upside down.

    A tale of loss, tragedies, and tormented affairs.

    Chapter XII is here!

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    There was a discussion of whether or not Beth would have cuts or scars from when the jar of green pills broke at Methuen. This tiny moment is my take on it.

    This story is also an exercise in projective fiction, like a fanfic Rorschach test. It isn't tagged with any specific pairing because I wanted readers to be able to see how the scene works for their favorite ship. It works a bit better for some characters than others and it could even be an OC. And I do think Beth is bi so she might have a female lover and it would still work. Feel free to change details or pronouns in your imagination and see what works best for you.

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    vb: playing loose and aggressive on a hot streak of wins.

    TQG x Rounders: Benny gambles his way to Moscow AU

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    This story came from me asking: “What if Alice’s brand of 'crazy' from the Queen’s Gambit series was really her having psychic abilities she wasn’t able to handle? And what if Beth’s fears about going crazy like her mother are because she has the same latent psychic abilities? And then what happens if Beth visits the haunted Overlook Hotel from The Shining?” There was so much potential for psychological horror I had to write it! It very much started out as crack!fic taken seriously but then it took on a life (afterlife?) of its own. So here is Beth being haunted by her own personal ghosts as well as those that reside at the Overlook Hotel.

    If you aren't a horror fan, this is mostly psychological horror--lots of creepy atmosphere and ghosts trying to get into Beth's head. There are some disturbing images but not a huge amount of blood or violence. I hope that helps you determine if this exceeds your personal horror tolerance. I rated the story Teen. If it were a movie it would be closer to PG-13 than R I think. It's not scarier than The Shining if that helps.

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    This is a list of the many characters (canon and not) that are presented in CLM, with their characteristics and data. I decided to make it for explaining and list the various changes that I made during the course of the fic, being this a story with a lot of chapters and events.
    The descriptions will be uploaded and edited every time a new CLM chapter will be uploaded, and I will report what are spoilers from what is not.
    Like a wiki.

    This story will be even used by me to post some of my illustrations about my story🤗🤗

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    Beth Harmon has never moved on from anything in her life. Not chess, not loss, not love.

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    They say that the human body is sixty percent water. They say a lot of things.
    For instance: Something's off with Elizabeth Harmon.

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    A poem Beth might have written if she were the type to write poetry. It's about feelings and using alcohol to avoid feeling them. It was inspired by Beth but probably applies to a lot of people since there isn't a lot of detail.

    There is art but I haven't found a way to get it to post on this site. Eventually, I hope to get that technological glitch worked out and get the art posted as well. In the meantime, just imagine a watercolor painting of red wine spilling out of a green bottle.

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    After Beth beats Borgov in Russian the USCF wants to send her on a press tour. Upon reflection Beth realizes all of that sitting still and looking pretty with make her lose her newfound tenuous love for the game. Moving into Luchenko and his wife's spare room, she elects to stay in Russian for another three months.

    She might have forgotten to tell her friends back in America.

    But here she really thinks she can turn this infatuation into a fully fledged love. All she has to do is keep playing.

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    When an orphanage writes to Beth about one of their girls who loves chess, Beth feels compelled to visit and then to adopt the child as her own, but there's one problem. The law requires her to be married and there's only one pirate-cowboy she can think to ask even six years after Moscow. She imagines a quiet wedding followed by a quick divorce, but Benny has other ideas.

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    An alternate take on what happened in Mexico City.

    Alma makes some new friends over the piano. Beth has mixed feelings (to put it charitably).

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    this is nothing just two idiots in love whose prides are higher than they are (most of the time). i hope you enjoy pointless monologuing because that's what this is and please bear with me i have no idea how to describe things i swear this is readable.

    (based right after the finale when beth won the match of her life and i cried my fucking eyes out)

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    He almost calls her, the very next day after Paris. To plead with her to come back to New York. Almost.

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    or 5 Times Benny Almost Calls Beth + 1 Time She Does

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    “What’s with the new ring?” she asks, unable to suppress her curiosity about the rings she’s been counting for nearly a decade at this point.

    He hesitates in a move so unlike Benny Watts that Beth turns to him more fully. Then, he says, – a little abashedly, as if confessing something to her – “I got engaged.”

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    “Benny,” she says. “The tournament’s not until next week.”

    “Yeah,” he says. “But we’re driving there.”

    Beth almost drops the phone. “We’re not driving there.”

    “Yeah, we are.”

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    or the road trip au no one asked for

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    The urgency belying his voice rattles her. Why? A fear of rats? Burglars? Loan sharks? Smells? Every day she tries to work up the courage to ask, but then Benny throws her a copy of Chess Review from before she was born and she reads it like her life depends on it.

    --

    Benny cares that Beth locks the door behind her when she leaves. She doesn't understand why.

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    When her mother deliberately crashes their car, it ends Beth’s life as she knows it and strands her at Methuen Home. She has yet to learn of the chain of events this will set in motion. The one that will start with her introduction to the world of chess, give her a new mother, and take her far beyond the borders of Lexington.

    As she works her way towards the very centre of that world, she meets numerous other people along the way. But among weak opponents, friendships, rivalries, and hardships there is one person who sticks out from among them all. Vasily Borgov, the intimidating World Champion from the Soviet Union with a face that is much harder to read than the sixty-four squares he rules over, catches her eyes from the start and she finds it impossible to look away.

    Or, we follow Beth through canon and into the years beyond as she struggles with finding her place in the world, creating bonds with others, and substance abuse, but also finds the good things in life, such as success, friendship, and love.

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    "No..."[..] she started [..]
    "[..]he's the only one that can help you (...) he's the right person. " [..]
    Beth knew that Harry was right, as most of the time. [..]
    She needed to call him; she needed to call Benny.

     

    Beth and Benny, two different faces of the same coin: two different people with their own unresolved problems, and issues.
    The first, after her victory in Moscow, have to face the consequence of her past choices, and with the pressure of the fame; while some shadows from her mother's past are returning to discombobulate her life even more.
    The second, instead, have to deal with the fact that he's not anymore the Great Champion that he was and with a wound that has been tormenting him for the last ten years.
    Two entities who seem unable to communicate with each other, yet one is indispensable to the other.
    Will these two outstanding chess players finally being able to leave the past aside and work together in view of the World Championship qualifiers?

    this work has now a Russian translation

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    - queen's gambit fanfic

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    Beth has been living on Benny's blow up mattress for a while now and Benny is starting to regret his no sex agreement.

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