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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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    Beth finds out she has a chapter in Vasily Borgov's life story.

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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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    "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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    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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    tl;dr: Of all the characters in the show, I struggle the most with Cleo. In my most sympathetic view, she is a victim of really meh and Beth-centric screenwriting, as in the writers tried to do a thing and failed.

    Archived for March Meta Matters 2022.

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    For a moment they’re both silent—unsure of themselves outside the confines of chess and Beth’s kitchen—but he’s older, and more secure, and when he speaks Beth could almost imagine that he’s verging on a smile.

    She doesn’t look up to verify that.

    A Bethov fic, in which time passes and no-one moves on for good.

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    After defecting from the Soviet Union, Vasily Borgov sought out Beth Harmon's help for the 1969 World Chess Championship.

    Needless to say, Beth wasn't prepared for what was about to come next.

    In short, chess, love, and everything in between.

    (Inspired by fanart)

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    “No woman can compete with Benny’s love for himself. Well except maybe, Beth that is.”

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    “Night shifts require stamina, flexibility, commitment and the ability to pace yourself just right,” Hilton tells Beth.  He frowns.  “It’s sexier when Benny does the spiel.”

    “Is it,” Cleo says drily.

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    B^2 over the holidays. Prompt fics for newyearcntdown.

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    Competitively, Beth never plays like Beth, and Benny never plays like Benny. If this were the bedroom, it’d be some kind of roleplay.

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    Beth Harmon, fake dating Benny Watts, and discovering what’s real and what’s not.

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    “José Capablanca was a prodigy and lived his life handed to him on a silver platter, eschewed books and formal study for food and women and booze. They say the coroner put his ego as the cause of death. Alekhine played obsessively for years and years, became World Champion and then the alcoholic that showed up to every game drunk. His dead body was found hunched over a chess board. At least Beth isn’t like them.”

    “Harry?”

    “Yeah?”

    “Shut up.”

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    A look at the lives of the women we see glimpses (sometimes literally, in Borgov's wife's case) of, in the series.

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    "It's the same girl who's giving you hell, it's the same face. / Your heart keeps breaking in the same place. Something has to change."

    Jolene, envy, and waiting until she can’t wait any more.

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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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    She’s never viewed the Hunger Games arena as a death trap for children. To her, the arena is art. Every competent Gamemaker sees it the same way, but not every Gamemaker’s designs can be as elegant and inspired as hers.

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    Beth Harmon as Head Gamemaker. Benny Watts as tribute. Two souls carve a space for each other in the face of disgrace and death.

    Assumed familiarity with Queen’s Gambit characters and basic knowledge of the structure of the Hunger Games setting

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    Beth Harmon's attitude towards marriage changes, one year after Vasily Borgov's defection to the US.

    What happened before the proposal scene in My Old Kentucky Home

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    Завоевав титул чемпионки мира, Бет с удивлением обнаруживает, что жизнь продолжается и может быть сносной. А временами — даже доставлять удовольствие. Эпилог к Ходу королевы.

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