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    Elizabeth Harmon caused headlines when she defected to the USSR, after the Moscow Invitational to marry her longtime lover, Vasily Borgov. A love story for the ages, the newspapers said.

    Only that wasn’t the truth.

    Beth and Borgov find themselves pawns in a political game, and the center of an obsession born during World War II, and they only have each other to rely on.

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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 understands the mechanisms of this kind of tournaments; he knows how to move: [..] He's the only American to do so in twenty years. So I think that 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?

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    Yes, this is exactly what you think it is.

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    Townes gets an offer to write up a gay friendly (and fae friendly) vacation spot for a magazine and he and Roger go off on a beach vacation to celebrate their anniversary. Magical things happen because it is a fantasy AU with selkies (seal shapeshifters). It's a fanfic version of a summer beach read. Mostly fluff, minimal angst.

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    Beth had married an older man, and happy endings eventually come to an end.

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    “Beth, listen to me. Love isn’t always some cosmic connection. Sometimes it's slow and deliberate, keeps you thinking that someone is just a friend until one day you look at them and you just know.”

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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 elencate 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.

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    Beth was right: Benny fucks great when he’s jealous.

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    Upon returning to the States, Beth finds herself seeking out the only person lingering in her mind. Now that she had exorcized Borgov from her nightmares, she could only think of Benny and hope she could repair the damage between them. Beth and Benny are reunited and both begin to realize how lonely life has been without the others. So they embark on a journey up to Georgetown, then down to Lexington and even over to Beth's old orphanage before setting their sights on an international venue where they'll face challenges, new faces, and continue to come to terms with their feelings for one another.

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    The leverage/queen's gambit AU I'm never actually going to write...but wouldn't it be fun though? Featuring...

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    And maybe family isn’t forever either, perhaps you can’t put a temporal dimension to it, can’t measure it by a chess clock or even a calendar year. But maybe not being alone isn’t a permanent state either. Perhaps there are people that come into your life when you need it, and are there when you need it.

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    or 5 Times Friends Helped Beth + 1 Time Beth Helped Her Friend

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    From your bedside table, you read the note one more time, linger horizontally a twinge longer than you expected to, and then walk to start your day. It’s sinking in that the way Jolene looks at you will never be the same. Is the ground supposed to be this unsteady?

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    Following Beth's defeat in Paris, Borgov requests her attendance over dinner, the two share light conversation. Meanwhile, Cleo and Townes also happen upon one another and revisit their history and what might have been.

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    L'Étranger (fr): the outsider; the foreigner.

    What do you do after you've done everything?

    Beth has to think of something.

    Beth's journey from Moscow to the World Championship, and all the people who, one way or another, come along with her.

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    Benny Watts and Josephine Howard used to be the power couple of the chess world until she disappeared. It’s four years later when the two run into each other again as Josephine tries to find her way back.

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    Benny never forgot the affair he had had with Beth Harmon. He never forgot her wicked sense of humor and her wit. But when his life was taken over by his three daughters, he never saw the chess player again.
    Until he turns up to his daughters sports day, and there she is smoking and sitting under and umbrella.

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    Benny’s been living in Lexington for exactly seven months and twelve days when he comes home with an animal.
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    or Beth and Benny and life with a dog.

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    What was Benny thinking during the strategy scene in TQG?

    - The title is taken from a lyric in an Ellie Goulding song.

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