"Chess can be beautiful... It's an entire world of just 64 squares. I feel safe in it." - Beth Harmon
The game of chess first originated around the sixth century in India and became wildly popular in Europe in the ninth century, with pieces representing military units. The passion for chess has ressurged and skyrocketed with the release of Netflix's show Queen's Gambit. Based on the original American novel written by Walter Tevis in 1983, it follows the journey of Beth Harmon to become a chess queen and defeat her archrival Vasily Borgov. Not just popularizing this mind-boggling game, but the show also empowers women to move freely in worlds mastered by men.