Intricate series of moves in hit streaming series

All is not where it seems in The Queen's Gambit, writes STEPHEN SCOURFIELD

Some viewers might be confused by the complexity of the chess play in the streaming series The Queen’s Gambit, others by the locations.

For child chess prodigy Beth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, confounds her opponents on the board with intuitive game plans, ensnaring her opponents against backdrops which are not quite what they seem, either.

The story, set mostly in Kentucky in the US, and viewed globally in more than 60 million households, includes scenes in places as disparate as Las Vegas, Mexico and Russia.

But although some exterior filming was also done in Cambridge, in Ontario, Canada (to pass as “American”), most was shot in Berlin.

There are sound historical reasons for that. The German city was so long separated into east and west that its architecture ranges from Art Nouveau and Bauhaus to Soviet-era. Many of the locations in The Queen’s Gambit will make ideal destinations for travel in the future.

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