Culture Diary: The Queen’s Gambit

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I have never played Chess in my life. The few times anyone has tried to explain the rules to me, my eyes glaze over and my brain checks out. I have a mental block when it comes to strategy games—I just don’t have the patience for them. They seem boring and frustrating to me.

So when my friend Karen suggested I watch The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, I was skeptical. But I trust her, and I’d seen mentions of…