- 1. You should have seen yourself.
- 2. Up on that stool,
floating around up there,
- 3. Deardorff just hollering at you.
- 4. It felt funny.
- 5. Shit.
- 6. I bet it felt good.
- 7. What you gonna do at night?
- 8. I'm gonna stay awake as long as I can,
reading my book,
- 9. learning the Sicilian Defense.
- 10. There's 57 pages about it in the book,
- 11. with 170 lines stemming from P to QB4.
- 12. I'm gonna memorize them
and play through them all in my mind.
- 13. Poor mind.
- 14. Ladies, don't run!
- 15. No shoving!
- 16. Mr. Shaibel?
- 17. They won't let me play anymore.
- 18. I'm being punished.
- 19. Please…
- 20. can you help me?
- 21. I wish I could play more with you.
- 22. For crying out loud,
what you still doing in bed?
- 23. You're gonna miss breakfast.
- 24. Morning, cracker.
- 25. You don't wanna miss
another delicious breakfast, do you?
- 26. Been dreaming about it.
- 27. Wonder who they're here for.
- 28. Hi, Beth.
- 29. - Are you trying to piss her off?
- I had to take a shower.
- 30. Go on in, then.
- 31. Hold up.
- 32. They seem like nice people.
- 33. I'm told, Elizabeth,
that you turned 13 just last month.
- 34. Actually, I'm fift—
- 35. Yes, that's right, I'm 13.
- 36. Such a wonderful age.
- 37. Elizabeth has performed well
in all of her schoolwork.
- 38. She is at the top of her class
in reading and arithmetic.
- 39. That's very impressive.
- 40. Beth is also a very strong student
in science and geography,
- 41. and has been kindly assisting
Miss Lonsdale with chapel,
- 42. for several years now.
- 43. She is the model Methuen girl.
- 44. I can see that.
- 45. I will leave you three to get acquainted.
- 46. They call you Elizabeth?
- 47. Or is it Betty?
- 48. You should go pack.
- 49. I can't find my book.
- 50. Which book we talking about?
You read like a hundred of them.
- 51. Modern Chess Openings.
- 52. Hm. Beats the shit out of me.
- 53. I left it right here.
- 54. - You didn't see it, did you?
- Watch who you go accusing.
- 55. I got no use for no book like that.
- 56. Anyway, you don't need no book.
- 57. Just say, "Yes, sir," and "Yes, ma'am,"
and you'll do all right.
- 58. Tell them you're grateful
to be in a Christian home like theirs.
- 59. Maybe they'll put a TV in your room.
- 60. Jolene?
- 61. Hm?
- 62. I'm sorry.
- 63. About what?
- 64. That you didn't get adopted.
- 65. Shit.
- 66. I make out just fine right here.
- 67. Be a good girl, Elizabeth.
- 68. Off we go!
- 69. We're so glad to have an older child.
- 70. Shall we?
- 71. Home sweet home.
- 72. Those are Rosa Bonheur prints.
- 73. Not originals, of course.
- 74. Do you like animals?
- 75. I do, I love them.
- 76. Allston is allergic
to most pet dander, though,
- 77. - so I'm not allowed to—
- 78. I bet you'd like to see your room.
- 79. This is the master bedroom,
where Allston and I sleep.
- 80. Over here is the bathroom,
- 81. and this is you.
- 82. You have no idea how hard it is
to find good maple furniture.
- 83. This is all mine?
- 84. Of course it's all yours.
- 85. The whole room?
- 86. The whole room.
- 87. All right.
- 88. I will let you unpack and get settled in.
- 89. Just give a holler if you need anything.
- 90. Home sweet home.
- 91. I don't understand.
- 92. I don't know exactly
what there is to understand.
- 93. Why can't they send someone else?
It's only for two weeks.
- 94. You've only been home for two days.
- 95. Gives you some time
to get to know your new companion.
- 96. I doubt there's much to know.
- 97. Girl doesn't seem
to have a heck of a lot to say.
- 98. Do you have to take the car?
- 99. How am I supposed
to get around without a car?
- 100. I don't know, you could rent one.
- 101. And eat up half my commissions?
You're a terrible driver anyway.
- 102. It's not that far into town.
- 103. Remember what the doctor said.
Some exercise will do you good.
- 104. It's early, dear.
- 105. You don't have to be up
for another hour yet.
- 106. Must be all the excitement
about your first day of school.
- 107. Where did Mr. Wheatley go?
- 108. Business trip.
- 109. Poor man has to travel
quite a bit these days, but…
- 110. as he likes to remind me, it…
- 111. keeps the roof over our heads.
- 112. Please stop gawking, dear,
you're making me nervous.
- 113. You're very good.
- 114. This was Grandmother June's piano.
- 115. I've played since I was younger than you.
- 116. I'd always had it in my mind
to one day play in an orchestra.
- 117. Probably still could.
- 118. Mmm. As luck would have it,
- 119. I've also always suffered
from a terrible case of stage fright,
- 120. which does not bode well
for an aspiring performer.
- 121. And then I got pregnant.
- 122. You have a child?
- 123. We did, yes.
- 124. Are you hungry?
- 125. We have a leftover casserole.
- 126. Beth, dear.
- 127. Are you sure
you don't want me to go with you?
- 128. I'm okay.
- 129. Okay.
- 130. You should have seen that coach.
- 131. Have you seen her hair and her shoes?
- 132. Don't know.
- 133. So drab.
- 134. And brown laces
with brown shoes? I mean…
- 135. Quiet, please! Let's start.
- 136. This week, we will begin to study
the binomial theorem.
- 137. Does anyone know what a binomial is?
- 138. Anyone?
- 139. Yes?
- 140. - A binomial is a mathematical—
- Will you stand up, please?
- 141. A binomial is a mathematical expression
containing two terms.
- 142. X plus Y is a binomial.
- 143. Very good.
- 144. Let's turn to page 24.
- 145. Great, another fucking brain.
- 146. That's a good idea. Oh, my god.
- 147. - Is there a school chess club?
- 148. Is there a chess club here at the school?
- 149. Oh.
- 150. Um…
- 151. I don't think they have
anything like that.
- 152. But a lot of the girls
belong to social clubs.
- 153. Social clubs?
- 154. There's the Apple Pi club,
- 155. and the Sub Debs,
- 156. - and Girls Around Town.
- Apple pie? They bake pies?
- 157. No, Apple Pi.
You know, like the Greek letter.
- 158. Oh.
- 159. Are you in one of those?
- 160. You have to be invited…
- 161. to join.
- 162. You could try out for junior cheerleader.
- 163. Shit.
- 164. Hello, Mr. Wheatley.
- 165. Oh.
- 166. Hi… Beth.
- 167. You're home!
I didn't expect you for another week.
- 168. I'm only here for the night.
- 169. They, uh…
they just gave me the whole Southwest, so…
- 170. And a raise, I hope?
- 171. Don't start.
- 172. Yes, why don't you freshen up,
and I will start dinner?
- 173. I'll take a beer.
- 174. If there's any left.
- 175. Doesn't she ever change clothes?
- 176. I don't think he likes me very much.
- 177. Quite the opposite.
- 178. Adopting you was actually his idea.
- 179. He's right, though.
You could use some new clothes.
- 180. Sorry.
- 181. Aha!
- 182. They have chess sets.
- 183. We can stop on the way back down.
- 184. Oh…
- 185. Let's find you a blouse.
- 186. Well, don't you look lovely?
- 187. The shoes are a little big.
- 188. Room to grow, dear.
Room to grow.
- 189. Let's look for coats.
- 190. Mmm. Lovely.
- 191. Step over here
so I can see the fabric in the light.
- 192. Yes, this will do nicely.
- 193. Aren't we gonna look at the chess sets?
- 194. Another time, dear.
- 195. It's getting late, and I'm getting hungry.
- 196. - But—
- I'll give you 40 cents a week allowance.
- 197. Save up and buy yourself a chess set.
- 198. Saving is a good lesson
for a girl to learn.
- 199. So bad!
- 200. - Do you have any books on chess?
- 201. Mm. I don't know for sure.
- 202. If we have anything,
it'll be on the last row.
- 203. Thank you.
- 204. There might be an old biography
on José Capablanca.
- 205. - Who?
- José Capablanca.
- 206. He was a Grandmaster.
It was quite a long time ago now.
- 207. What's a Grandmaster?
- 208. A genius player.
- 209. Okay, yeah.
- 210. I see you, Harmon.
- 211. It's those shoes.
- 212. Did you get them
at Ben Snyder's or something?
- 213. I wouldn't be caught dead
in Ben Snyder's.
- 214. How was school?
- 215. Where are you going?
- 216. I'm gonna replay
some of the matches in this book.
- 217. - But you don't have a board.
- In my head.
- 218. Good mental exercise.
- 219. Well, some physical exercise
could do you good.
- 220. Will you run over to Bradley's for me,
- 221. and pick up three packs of Chesterfields?
- 222. Yes, ma'am.
- 223. I'll write you a note.
- 224. You look a bit youthful
for smoking, yourself.
- 225. Young lady!
- 226. You have to buy the magazine
or put it back.
- 227. - Can't I just—
- You wanna read? Read the sign.
- 228. No, it's all the same oil,
it's just three different sizes.
- 229. If you don't use a lot,
you wanna buy that one,
- 230. because it does go bad,
but this is the best value for the money.
- 231. If you can't decide, get the middle one.
It's not rocket science.
- 232. Thank you, dear.
- 233. Well, that's the last
of the instant coffee.
- 234. I'd go shopping, but I just don't know
where all the money goes.
- 235. I've bought little more
than trifles this month,
- 236. and yet I have seven dollars left
where I should have at least 20.
- 237. Seven dollars?
- 238. - Is that enough?
- To last till the end of October?
- 239. I think not.
- 240. It'll scarcely buy
chicken necks and porridge.
- 241. - Doesn't Methuen send you a check?
- For 80 dollars.
- 242. And only for the first year.
- 243. As if the expense of keeping you
doesn't exhaust it.
- 244. I'm afraid you'll have to go
without an allowance
- 245. until Allston returns.
- 246. Which is when?
- 247. Who can say?
- 248. It seems he's been
unavoidably detained out West.
- 249. Maybe I could get a job.
- 250. A job?
- 251. I could work in a store,
or wash dishes somewhere.
- 252. Wash dishes?
- 253. I'd like to make some money.
- 254. Oh, to buy clothes with, I suspect.
- 255. To enter chess tournaments.
- 256. There's one here.
- 257. But it's five dollars
for the entrance fee.
- 258. The only girls of your age
who work are colored.
- 259. Dear Mr. Shaibel,
- 260. there's a chess tournament here
with a first prize of 100 dollars,
- 261. and a second prize of 50 dollars.
- 262. There are other prizes, too.
- 263. It costs five dollars to enter,
and I don't have that.
- 264. If you'll send me the money,
- 265. I will pay you back ten dollars
if I win any prize at all.
- 266. Beth, is that you?
- 267. I seem to have caught a cold.
- 268. Another one?
- 269. Mm. I have a proclivity for viruses, or…
- 270. they for me.
- 271. Uh… here.
- 272. I need you
to fill this prescription for me.
- 273. And while you're there…
- 274. buy yourself a Coke.
- 275. - Thanks.
- 276. Be just a minute.
- 277. Here you go.
- 278. Dr. Talbott has decided
I need more tranquility. Much more.
- 279. - Will you get me a glass of water, dear?
- Yes, ma'am.
- 280. Why do they
only fill these bottles half full?
- 281. - Excuse you, Harmon.
- 282. Fuck you, Margaret.
- 283. Beth,
- 284. this came for you.
- 285. Thank you.
- 286. Mm-hm.
- 287. Tell Alma to go easy.
- 288. She's only got three refills left.
- 289. For a trip the White House
again calls non-political…
- 290. You're home late.
- …political-looking escort
- 291. of 17 Democratic congressmen,
and Mrs. Kennedy…
- 292. - I was out walking.
- …who was featured at the arrival…
- 293. Okay. Good night.
- 294. Good night.
- 295. …turning on the smile that hasn't been…
- 296. Oh, um…
- 297. I'm gonna be late again tomorrow.
I have something after school.
- 298. Have you joined a club?
- 299. I'm playing in that chess tournament
I told you about.
- 300. I won't argue
that broadening one's social life
- 301. is important for a girl your age.
- 302. I just wonder whether a dance class
or a girls' club
- 303. wouldn't be better for making friendships.
- 304. I hear Fairfield has pretty good ones.
- 305. When you were my age,
how did you broaden your social life?
- 306. The tournament goes until Sunday.
- 307. - Do you have a clock?
- 308. We have a clock-sharing system.
If your opponent doesn't have one,
- 309. come back, and we'll loan you one.
- 310. Play starts in 20 minutes.
- 311. What's your rating?
- 312. I don't have a rating.
- 313. - Have you played in a tournament before?
- 314. - Are you sure you wanna do this?
- I'm sure.
- 315. We don't have a women's section.
- 316. - I'll put you in beginners.
- I'm not a beginner.
- 317. Doesn't matter.
- 318. If you're an unrated player,
- 319. you go in beginners
with the people under 1600.
- 320. - What's the prize for beginners?
- 321. - What about the other section?
- First prize in the Open is 100.
- 322. Is it against any rule
for me to be in the Open?
- 323. - Not exactly.
- Put me in the Open.
- 324. There are three guys in there
with ratings over 1800.
- 325. And Beltik may show up.
- 326. They will eat you alive.
- 327. "Harmon."
- 328. Are the matches played at random?
- 329. Oh, not at all.
- 330. Uh…
- 331. Uh, they arrange it by ratings
on the first round.
- 332. After that, winners play winners,
and losers, losers.
- 333. Good luck.
- 334. You, too.
- 335. Hi.
- 336. Hi.
- 337. - Annette Packer.
- Beth Harmon.
- 338. - I don't understand about chess clocks.
- 339. Um…
- 340. The clock faced nearest you
measures your playing time.
- 341. Each player has 90 minutes.
- 342. After you move,
you press that button on top,
- 343. and it stops your clock
and starts your opponent's.
- 344. And you see that little red flag
over the number 12 on each clock?
- 345. Yours will fall down
when the 90 minutes is up,
- 346. and if it does that…
- 347. you've lost.
- 348. And, um…
- 349. For recording your moves.
- 350. Right.
- 351. - You can start your clocks now.
- You can start my clock now.
- 352. Why do they put the girls together?
- 353. They're not supposed to…
- 354. but, if you win, they move you up.
- 355. Oh, it's touch move.
- 356. Don't touch a piece
unless you're going to move it.
- 357. If you touch it,
you have to move it somewhere.
- 358. Okay.
- 359. Don't you push your button now?
- 360. Sorry.
- 361. What I do with this?
- 362. Is your match over?
- 363. Yes, I won.
- 364. That was fast.
- 365. What do I do with this?
- 366. Circle your name
and drop it in the basket.
- 367. Who are they?
Beltik and Cullen.
- 368. - Beltik's the State Champion.
Which is which?
- 369. Beltik's the younger one.
- Is he a Grandmaster?
- 370. He's working on it.
- 371. Takes time.
- 372. You have to play Grandmasters
to become one.
- 373. How much time?
- Do you mind?
- 374. Draw?
- 375. Hell, no.
- 376. Yes!
- 377. That's check.
- 378. I know what it is.
- 379. Draw?
- 380. You got me.
- 381. I resign.
- 382. Dinner break.
- 383. Next round is at six o'clock.
Then, three more tomorrow.
- 384. Final round is Sunday, 11 a.m.
- 385. Harmon?
- 386. Keep it up, kid.
- 387. I think he knew you killed his brother.
- 388. - You're in trouble…
- Yours is in the oven.
- 389. [man 2] Someone's always crowding me.
- 390. - How did you do at your thing?
- I won four games.
- 391. That's nice, good for you.
- 392. Yes, Harmon?
- 393. You said there were three people here
with a rating higher than 1800.
- 394. - That's right.
- I thought I'd be playing one of them.
- 395. Them's the breaks, Harmon.
- 396. Consider yourself lucky.
- 397. I want to play the best.
- 398. You have to get a rating
before that happens.
- 399. How do I get a rating?
- 400. You play 30 games in USCF tournaments,
then wait four months.
- 401. - That's how you get a rating.
- That's too long.
- 402. I want to play Beltik.
- 403. If you win your next three games,
and if Beltik does the same.
- 404. I will win them.
- 405. No, Harmon, you won't. You have to play
Sizemore or Goldman first.
- 406. You can't beat either of them.
- 407. Sizemore and Goldman? Shit.
- 408. Townes, the guy you're playing now,
- 409. He plays first board
for the university team,
- 410. and last month
he came in fifth in Las Vegas.
- 411. What's in Las Vegas?
- 412. The US Open.
- 413. Looks like we've been stalking each other.
- 414. You want to start my clock?
- 415. Sorry.
- 416. Jesus Christ, Harmon,
you're humiliating my rook.
- 417. He won't have to suffer much longer.
- 418. Damn.
- 419. How old are you?
- 420. Never mind.
- 421. - Don't answer that, it'll just depress me.
- I'm 36.
- 422. Thank you.
- 423. You really are something, you know that?
- 424. Shall we turn in our sheets?
- 425. Um… you go ahead.
- 426. I'm gonna study the board a little longer.
- 427. Wow.
- 428. Damn it!
- 429. Damn!
- 430. I just wanted to tell you
that I've never seen anything like…
- 431. Um…
- 432. Do— Do you have something?
- 433. It's my first time.
- 434. Um…
- 435. Do you know how to use it?
- 436. I think so.
- 437. I'll wait, just in case.
- 438. You're, uh…
- 439. You're moving right on up, aren't you?
- 440. So far.
- 441. Sizemore's pretty tough, though.
- 442. Uh-huh.
- 443. Thank you.
- 444. I didn't…
- 445. I just thought…
- 446. Thought I was sick.
- 447. My first time, I threw up.
- 448. Well, I still do sometimes.
- 449. Actually, every time.
- 450. Well, I have to get back.
- 451. Oh, sure.
- 452. Hey, Beth.
- 453. Beat him, will you?
- 454. I'll try.
- 455. Ready?
- 456. I've started menstruating.
- 457. Bit late in the day for you, isn't it?
- 458. I'll need pads…
- 459. something.
- 460. Just go up to my room,
to the top drawer of my chiffonier,
- 461. and take what you require.
- 462. Oh, and, dear…
- 463. be a good girl and get that little bottle
of green pills by my bedside.
- 464. My tranquility needs to be refurbished.
- 465. Thank you.
- 466. Is something wrong?
- 467. Wrong?
- 468. I'm not Aristotle, but yes,
- 469. I think something
could be construed as wrong.
- 470. I've received a message from Mr. Wheatley.
- 471. What did he say?
- 472. It seems Mr. Wheatley…
- 473. has been indefinitely detained
in the Southwest.
- 474. Somewhere between Denver and Butte.
- 475. Though, Aristotle was a moral philosopher,
and I'm just a housewife.
- 476. Or I was a housewife.
- 477. Can they send me back
if you no longer have a husband?
- 478. You put it concretely.
- 479. They won't if we lie about it.
- 480. That's easy enough.
- 481. You're a good soul, Beth.
- 482. Why don't you heat up the chicken dinners
in the freezer, okay?
- 483. Set the oven at 400.
- 484. I don't know how to put these on.
- 485. Though I'm no longer a wife,
- 486. except by a legal fiction…
- 487. I believe I can learn to be a mother.
- 488. I'll show you how…
- 489. if you promise to never go near Denver.
- 490. Mama?
- 491. Close your eyes.
- 492. Sorry.
- 493. Extra cup of coffee.
- 494. Harry Beltik. What's your name?
- 495. Beth Harmon.
- 496. Be right back.
- 497. Come on, you ugly piece of trash.
- 498. You can beat that…
- 499. fucker.
- 500. - Son of a bitch.
- I think that's it.
- 501. - No, I can get out of this.
- I don't think so.
- 502. Maybe, if you'd gotten here on time.
- 503. It doesn't work.
- 504. - I don't have to use the queen.
- 505. - I'll just cover it with the bishop and—
- 506. Do you see it now?
- 507. Or should we finish this on the board?
- 508. Son of a bitch.
- 509. "The world of Kentucky
chess was astonished this weekend
- 510. by the playing of a local girl
who triumphed over hardened players
- 511. to win the Kentucky State Championship."
- 512. "Elizabeth Harmon,
a student at Fairfield High,
- 513. showed a mastery of the game
unequaled by any female,
- 514. according to Harry Beltik,
- 515. whom Miss Harmon defeated
for the state crown."
- 516. And 100 dollars.
- 517. You won this.
- 518. I wanna open a bank account.
- 519. But you have to go with me,
because I need a parent or a guardian.
- 520. I just didn't have the faintest idea
that people made money playing chess.
- 521. There's tournaments
with bigger prizes than that.
- 522. How much bigger?
- 523. Thousands of dollars.
- 524. Goodness.
- 525. So, can we go
to the bank today after school?
- 526. Certainly.
- 527. Beth, will you come down here, please?
- 528. What's wrong?
- 529. I've been leafing
through this chess magazine.
- 530. It's very interesting.
- 531. It says here that there is
a tournament in Cincinnati,
- 532. and the first prize is 500 dollars.
- 533. The Greyhound bus
only requires two hours for the trip.
- 534. I took the liberty of calling.
- 535. What about school?
- 536. I could write a medical excuse
- 537. Mono?
- 538. Mononucleosis.
- 539. It's quite the thing in your age group,
according to the Ladies Home Journal.
- 540. Where would we stay?
- 541. At the Gibson Hotel, in a double room
for 22 dollars a night.
- 542. The Greyhound tickets
would be $11.80 apiece,
- 543. plus the cost of food.
- 544. I've calculated all of it.
- 545. Even if you only won
second or third prize,
- 546. there would still be a profit.
- 547. I'll win.
- 548. I have every confidence.