Channel your inner Beth Harmon with these chess games, manuals and gifts inspired by the 1950s that will please any Netflix limited edition lover.
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Netflix's lush, haunted limited series "The Queen's Gambit," starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the mid-century child prodigy, is both "another risk and unexpected charmer" from creator Scott Frank, says IndieWire's Ben Travers in his review. And although the powerful appearances by Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller and many others help to improve the series, the stars are supported by beautiful hair, make-up and costumes as well as a striking production design (by Uli Hanisch from "Babylon Berlin") .
If you finished the series and immediately learned how to learn chess, this post is for you. We have put together some affordable chess games and some beginner books to aid you on your way to becoming a champion. If you've finished the series and have the same interest in chess but immediately wanted to wallpaper your entire home, then this post is for you too. We took inspiration from the style and design of the range to select some clothes, accessories and housewares to help make your 50s dreams come true.
Read on for our "Queen & # 39; s Gambit" -inspired gifts.
If it's good enough for the U.S. Chess Federation, it's good enough for us. This chess game – complete with triple weighted regulating plastic pieces, roll-up vinyl board and canvas quiver carrying bag – is available in a variety of colors. This hunter green shows off a little personality without being too far out (the camo sleeves are fun but don't really match the retro vibe of the show). It is manufactured exclusively by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and exceeds all requirements of the US Chess Federation and FIDE for official tournament use.
Take a small step up with this 16 x 16 inch folding chess board made from FSC-certified New Zealand pine with linden tree and walnut veneer. The velvet-lined compartment contains additional parts – one each, i.e. a total of 12 additional parts – as well as algebraic notations that are inserted on the upper edge in order to be able to identify game movements quickly and easily. A soft bag protects against scratches during storage and transport. You will also receive an instruction manual and access to an online video course for beginners that will teach you how to play.
This elegant 12 x 12 inch wooden chess board, which also serves as a storage place for the metal chess pieces via two velor bags, looks more regal if you are looking for a more impressive visual statement.
After getting your gear, you'll want to learn how to play. Take real life hints from chess master Bobby Fischer with “the fastest, most efficient, and most fun method ever developed. Whether you are just learning the game or looking for more complex strategies, these practice problems and exercises will help you master the art of checkmate. "
Another beginner friendly textbook that purports to "empower you to win your first games in just one day!" While we cannot speak to the veracity of this claim, one of the skills the book promises to impart is to easily memorize all the parts and their movement options in less than two hours and discover the best winning strategies that have been used by generations of Champions were approved. Gain a competitive advantage over other beginners by learning practical tactics for each phase of the game, developing your chess skills FAST with proven practice strategies, overcoming your initial shyness, and joining an offline or online chess club that perfectly matches your skill level.
While we are in the book portion of this gift guide, you may want to pick up on the novel on which the series is based, which follows the rise of eight-year-old orphan Beth Harmon to US and world chess champion.
Beth wears a lot of geometric print clothing, and you can channel that with this plaid dress with a detachable belt and bow at the waist (mix it up and use it as a matching headband if you dare). Made from 95% cotton and 5% elastane with a concealed zip. Available in sizes from 0 to 18 US and in a variety of colors and patterns.
We're just going to say the magic words: this dress has POCKETS ladies. And while it looks like a one-off, it's actually a dress made up of a 50s-style skirt and a complementary top with three-quarter sleeves and a scoop neckline.
The hunter green color of this cap sleeve number would go well with Beth Harmon's red hair but would go well with all kinds of skin tones and hair colors. Other features include a lapel neck, a concealed side zip and a matching belt. It is made of 95% cotton and 5% elastane.
Combine your new retro dress with these vintage-style T-strap heels with a 0.25-inch platform, 2.75-inch heel and a round toe with a teardrop pattern.
Look, you know this is a wink, but we'd like to say it anyway. Now that we are clear, carry your secret weapon like a bill with this Marzook Minaudiere pill pouch in all-over Swarovski crystal design, complete with chain bracelet, hinged bottom and magnetic clasp.
Keep all your jewelry or other items in this polished brass box with Quaalude design by Jonathan Adler.
The Wheatley's house, which Beth will move into after Alma's adoption, is covered with brightly colored wallpaper. Mimic the look with these peel-and-stick panels that will adhere to any dry, flat surface without the need for additional glue. (We also like this botanical design.)
A main focal point of Beth and Alma's house: the sumptuous velvet curtains in the middle of their living room. Add the same touch to your skin with these extra long, silky smooth, thick blackout drapes that are machine washable, iron safe and come in all sorts of jewel colors.
Now that you've got your new wardrobe and made some tweaks, it's time to rest. Make yourself an extra dirty martini with this cocktail shaker and set of bartending tools, including a measuring jigger, mixing spoon, muddler, strainer, ice tongs, wine opener, liquor pourer, bamboo storage shelf, and booklet of cocktail recipes when martinis aren't t your thing.
Pour your freshly made cocktail into one of these attractive etched martini glasses. The set of 4 is made from lead crystal glass and contains 10 ounces of liquid.