- 1. I love.
- 2. He loves.
- 3. You love.
- 4. We love.
- 5. One more time, Beth.
- 6. Good.
- 7. One more time.
- 8. Hey. What's your name again?
- 9. It's Beth, nimrod.
- 10. Right. Well, Beth Nimrod,
what are you doing?
- 11. You know, like, right now.
- 12. You're the chess player.
- 13. - That's right.
- 14. US Women's Champion?
- 15. US Open Co-Champion.
- 16. Must be a trip.
- 17. I guess.
- 18. - Do you play?
- No, too cerebral.
- 19. - Played a lot of Monopoly, though.
- Never played that game.
- 20. Mm, don't.
It makes you a slave to capitalism.
- 21. I-I still dream
about making money, though.
- 22. So, why are you taking Russian classes
if you're a slave to capitalism?
- 23. Mmm.
- 24. I wanna read Dostoevsky in the original.
- 25. "You really like the shape of me"?
- 26. I'm stoned. I shouldn't
be speaking a foreign language.
- 27. And I should probably call home.
- 28. Um…
- 29. Phone's in the bedroom,
through the kitchen.
- 30. Thanks.
- 31. Hello?
- 32. Hey, I just wanted to let you know
that I'm with some friends.
- 33. - From my Russian class.
- 34. Go on to bed. I've got a key.
- 35. Did you say
you're partying with college students?
- 36. Yep.
- 37. Okay.
- 38. Just be careful what you smoke, honey.
- 39. Okay.
- 40. See you in the morning?
- 41. Is there anyone you've met
that you'd like to…
- 42. …trade rooks with?
- 43. Jesus.
- 44. What's that burning purple thing there?
- 45. You tell me.
- 46. - How much longer?
- 47. - I'm close.
- 48. I'm sorry, I'm just really stoned.
- 49. Yeah, me too.
- 50. "Everybody went to Cincinnati
to see a movie."
- 51. "Stay as long as you like."
- 52. You might have called.
- 53. I'm sorry.
Didn't wanna wake you up.
- 54. - I wouldn't have minded.
- Anyways, I'm all right.
- 55. I'm going to Cincinnati…
- 56. to see a movie.
- 57. So, I won't be home tonight, either.
- 58. I'll be home after school Monday.
- 59. Are you with a boy?
- 60. I was last night.
- 61. Oh, Beth.
- 62. I'm all right. I…
- 63. had a good time.
- 64. Well, chess isn't the only thing in life.
- 65. - It's just…
- I won't get pregnant.
- 66. Famous last words.
- 67. Elizabeth Harmon.
- 68. Congrats.
- 69. I'm so proud of you.
- 70. All right, open it.
- 71. It's a Bulova.
- 72. It's perfect.
- 73. Thank you.
- 74. So…
- 75. I suppose you'll be going
to a grad night party or two.
- 76. No.
- 77. We have Mexico City in two weeks.
- 78. And then the US Championship.
- 79. And then Remy-Vallon.
- 80. In Paris.
- 81. Paris?
- 82. They invited me.
- 83. Paris.
- 84. My God!
- 85. Things are beginning to happen.
- 86. - Another cerveza, por favor.
- 87. - What are you reading about?
- Pawn structure analysis.
- 88. Sounds exciting.
- 89. It is.
- 90. Beth?
- 91. Mm-hm?
- 92. I have a confession to make.
- 93. Do you know what a pen pal is?
- 94. Someone you exchange letters with.
- 95. Yes, exactly.
- 96. - Your beer, Ms. Wheatley.
- Thank you.
- 97. Well…
- 98. when I was in high school,
my Spanish class was given a list
- 99. of boys in Mexico
who were studying English.
- 100. I picked one,
and I sent him a letter about myself.
- 101. We corresponded for a rather long time,
even when I was married to Allston.
- 102. We exchanged photographs.
- 103. His name is Manuel.
- 104. He's meeting us at the airport.
- 105. Have you ever met him before?
- 106. Never.
- 107. I have to say, I am really quite thrilled.
- 108. Is he the reason you wanted to come
to Mexico early?
- 109. I suppose so.
- 110. Every single famous person
in Latin-American history,
- 111. art or politics,
has sometime come to Mexico City.
- 112. Mm. I can see why.
- 113. - It's lovely.
- Oh, yeah.
- 114. I like to say that I was born in Mexico…
- 115. but I am from Mexico City.
- 116. Beth?
- 117. You just get here?
- 118. A few days ago.
- 119. - I thought you were done with tournaments.
- I am. Mike's a glutton for punishment.
- 120. - Yeah.
- Your mom has a new friend.
- 121. She came in at three o'clock this morning,
2:30 the day before.
- 122. He's got a green Dodge
that always seems to be at her disposal.
- 123. And they've had lunch and dinner
every day this week.
- 124. I'm pretty sure they're fucking.
- 125. I thought, at first, it was the altitude.
- 126. 7,350 feet.
- 127. Good lord, it's enough
to make a person positively giddy.
- 128. Now, I think it's the culture.
- 129. There's no hint
of a Protestant ethic in Mexico.
- 130. They're all Latin Catholics,
- 131. and they all live in the here and now.
- 132. You really need
to stop reading Alan Watts.
- 133. It's annoying.
- 134. I think I'll have just one margarita
before I go out.
- 135. Will you call for one, honey?
- 136. - Recepción.
- Yes, could we get a margarita and a Coke?
- 137. - Room number?
- 138. - Coming soon.
- Yes, thank you.
- 139. You know you could come along
to the folklórico.
- 140. I understand the costumes alone
are worth the price of admission.
- 141. - It's such a beautiful day.
- It's been raining the last two days.
- 142. Has it?
- 143. I hadn't noticed.
- 144. The tournament starts tomorrow.
I need to work on these endgames.
- 145. You know, perhaps, Beth,
you have to work on yourself.
- 146. Chess is not all there is.
- 147. It's what I know.
- 148. My experience has taught me what
you know isn't always what's important.
- 149. And what's important?
- 150. Living and growing.
- 151. Living your life.
- 152. - With a sleazy Mexican salesman.
- Treating yourself. Adventure.
- 153. You haven't visited Bellas Artes,
or even been to Chapultepec Park.
- 154. The zoo there is delightful.
- 155. You've taken
all of your meals in this room,
- 156. you've had your nose
buried in a chess book.
- 157. Shouldn't you just relax
the day before the tournament?
- 158. Think about something other than chess?
- 159. Mother.
- 160. Tomorrow, at ten o'clock,
I play black against Octavio Marenco.
- 161. That means he gets to move first.
- 162. Yes. I know what playing black means.
- 163. He's 34 and an International Grandmaster.
- 164. If I lose, we'll be paying for this trip…
- 165. this adventure…
- 166. out of capital.
- 167. If I win, I'll be playing someone even
better than Marenco in the afternoon.
- 168. I need to study my endgame.
- 169. You're what they call
an intuitive player, are you not?
- 170. Yes, I have been called that before.
- 171. Sometimes, the moves come to me.
- 172. I've noticed the moves
they applaud the loudest
- 173. are the ones you make rather quickly.
- 174. And there's a certain look on your face.
- 175. Intuition can't be found in books.
- 176. I think you just don't like Manuel.
- 177. Manuel is all right.
- 178. But he doesn't come by to see me.
- 179. That's irrelevant.
- 180. You need to relax.
- 181. There's no player in the world
as gifted as you are.
- 182. I haven't the remotest idea
what faculties a person needs
- 183. in order to play chess well,
- 184. but I am convinced
that relaxation can only improve them.
- 185. - Una cerveza Corona, por favor.
- 186. People like you have a hard time.
- 187. Two sides of the same coin.
- 188. You've got your gift…
- 189. …and you've got what it costs.
- 190. Hard to say for you what that will be.
- 191. You'll have your
time in the sun, but for how long?
- 192. You've got so much anger in you.
- 193. You'll have to be careful.
- 194. Cerveza?
- 195. Let's play.
- 196. Shit.
- 197. You can turn on the light. I'm now awake.
- 198. I'm sorry.
- 199. I seem to have caught a virus.
- 200. I don't know if I'll be able
to watch your match in the morning.
- 201. It's all right.
- 202. You'll tell me all about it?
- 203. Sure.
- 204. Every move?
- 205. Of course.
- 206. Hi, boys.
- 207. - Hey.
- 208. Lovely night for a swim.
- 209. This is Juan Alberto Diaz
- 210. coming to you live from the Mexico City
Invitational Chess Tournament
- 211. at the Palacio Azteca where
- 212. the big story
has been the seventeen-year-old
- 213. from Lexington, Kentucky,
- 214. Neither of us spoke the other's language.
- 215. He opened with a pawn to king four.
- 216. I played pawn to queen's bishop four.
- 217. In 31 moves,
I had his king in a mating net.
- 218. You're a wonder.
- 219. Undefeated, this morning she played
- 220. the Queen's Gambit Declined
- 221. against the Austrian, Diedrich.
- 222. Facing relentless pressure
in the middle of the board,
- 223. Harmon had him
on his heels from the start.
- 224. She did it mostly with pawns,
- 225. and crushed his position
as one might crush an egg.
- 226. Diedrich played well,
- 227. made no blunders or anything
that could properly be called a mistake,
- 228. but Harmon moved with such deadly accuracy,
such measured control,
- 229. that his position was hopeless
- 230. by the 23rd move.
- 231. Impressive play by this young woman.
- 232. Borgov retreats his knight,
- 233. but he's really attacking
the black knight.
- 234. This is a very interesting position.
- 235. It is dangerous for both sides.
- 236. How is Black going to answer the threat?
- 237. Will he defend himself or counter attack?
- 238. It could go either way.
- 239. Mother?
- 240. Out here.
- 241. Fresh air feels nice, doesn't it?
- 242. Aren't you going out?
- 243. No, Manuel's not coming tonight.
- 244. He had business in Oaxaca.
- 245. Oh.
- 246. How long will he be gone?
- 247. At least until we leave.
- 248. I'm sorry.
- 249. I've never been to Oaxaca, but…
- 250. I imagine it resembles Denver.
- 251. We can have dinner together.
- 252. You can take me
to one of the places you know.
- 253. Of course.
- 254. It was fun while it lasted.
- 255. Good afternoon.
- 256. I am Georgi Girev.
- 257. Beth Harmon.
- 258. I'm honored.
- 259. It's been five hours.
- 260. Perhaps we should adjourn now.
- 261. You must seal your move.
- 262. Miss Harmon must seal her move now.
- 263. Play will resume tomorrow at ten,
before your regular matches.
- 264. Miss Harmon.
- 265. Yes?
- 266. May I ask you something?
- 267. In America, I'm told
that one sees films inside the car.
- 268. Is this true?
- 269. Drive-ins.
- 270. You mean drive-in movies?
- 271. Yes, Elvis Presley movies.
- 272. Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor…
- 273. That happens?
- 274. It does.
- 275. I would dig that.
- 276. Pawn to rook five.
- 277. For you, Beth Harmon…
- 278. I resign the old-fashioned way.
- 279. I've never been to a drive-in, either.
- 280. I should not have let you do that.
- 281. With the rook.
- 282. No.
- 283. But you won't let
the next one that tries it.
- 284. How old were you
when you started playing?
- 285. Four.
- 286. I was district champion at seven.
- 287. I will be world champion one day.
- 288. When?
- 289. In three years.
- 290. You'll be 16 in three years.
- 291. If you win…
- 292. what will you do next?
- 293. I-I don't understand.
- 294. If you're world champion at 16…
- 295. what will you do
with the rest of your life?
- 296. I don't understand.
- 297. You're the best I've ever played.
- 298. Until you play Borgov.
- 299. Beth.
- 300. Look what I found.
- 301. Everyone, this is Elizabeth Harmon,
the US Champion.
- 302. Co-Champion.
- 303. I'm sorry I missed your match,
- 304. but the bath was so lovely.
- 305. I soaked the entire afternoon.
- 306. I'm glad.
- 307. - You look better.
- I feel better.
- 308. - Are you hungry?
- 309. Thank you.
You play beautiful, señora.
- 310. Thank you.
- 311. So much for your stage fright.
- 312. I play fine as long as it's for fun.
- 313. Where shall we go?
- 314. Any one of the new places
you've been to?
- 315. Mm-hm.
- 316. Let's eat in the room.
- 317. You wanna grab it? Here.
- 318. In Moscow, she'll be
jet-lagged. We can destroy her then.
- 319. She's getting better.
- 320. Have to deal with her here or in Paris
- 321. before she gets too strong.
- 322. There's talk she's a drunk.
- 323. Her game is almost all attack.
- 324. So she doesn't always watch her back.
- 325. When she blunders, she gets angry,
- 326. and can be dangerous.
- 327. - Like all women.
- She's an orphan. A survivor.
- 328. She's like us —
losing is not an option for her.
- 329. Otherwise, what would her life be?
- 330. Those two guys,
they're number two and three in the world.
- 331. - And those guys?
- 332. Make sure Borgov doesn't run away.
- 333. Will you save a seat for my mother?
- 334. - Yeah.
- 335. You may start your opponent's clock.
- 336. Pawn to king four.
- 337. She always plays
the Sicilian to that opening.
- 338. It's the most common opening
for White in the game of chess,
- 339. and Borgov has been called
the "Master of the Sicilian."
- 340. Harmon moves pawn to queen bishop four,
- 341. hoping to play him on ground
that's fresh for both of them,
- 342. that won't give him
the advantage of his superior knowledge.
- 343. And now Borgov has brought out
his king's knight to bishop three,
- 344. …and Harmon,
- 345. of course,
brings hers to queen bishop three,
- 346. attacking the center.
- 347. But Borgov moves his bishop
to knight five,
- 348. signaling he's going to play
the Closed Sicilian,
- 349. not the Open.
- 350. Please do not disturb the players.
- 351. The Rossolimo. A rare opening…
- 352. Harmon pushes her pawn
- 353. to rook three,
attacking Borgov's bishop.
- 354. Borgov castles.
- 355. Harmon must now decide
- 356. to open the game or keep it closed.
- 357. White has the advantage.
- 358. Since it always has the first move,
it always has the advantage.
- 359. I read that when computers
learn to play chess,
- 360. and play against other computers,
- 361. White will always win
because of the first move.
- 362. Like tic-tac-toe.
- 363. Borgov's not a machine.
- 364. That you know of.
- 365. I didn't expect it.
- 366. No one really plays it.
- 367. It threw me off.
- 368. Just like he knew it would.
- 369. From that point on, the whole game
was like a foregone conclusion. I…
- 370. I couldn't fight this feeling
that I'd already lost.
- 371. Like in the books,
- 372. where you know the outcome,
but you play it out
- 373. just to see how it would happen, and…
- 374. I mean, every move he made was so…
- 375. obvious, so…
- 376. unimaginative, so bureaucratic.
- 377. And the whole time, I'd look at his face,
- 378. and there was no doubt.
- 379. No weakness.
- 380. I'm so glad you didn't see it.
- 381. Mother?
- 382. I'm sorry.
- 383. What was it?
- 384. Hepatitis, possibly.
- 385. We will know tomorrow.
- 386. Could you give me a tranquilizer?
- 387. - Yes. I have a sedative.
- I don't want a sedative.
- 388. Could I have a prescription for Librium?
- 389. You don't need a prescription
to buy Librium in Mexico.
- 390. I suggest meprobamate.
- 391. There's a farmacia here in the hotel.
- 392. Again, I'm very sorry for your loss.
- 393. Allow us to help you
with any arrangements.
- 394. Signing papers, dealing with authorities.
- 395. And, of course,
the bill will be taken care of.
- 396. - Thank you.
- Including the liquor bill,
- 397. which was significant.
- 398. Though, I'm sure none
of the many margaritas she consumed
- 399. was the culprit
in your mother's untimely passing.
- 400. She did mention something
about the quality of the tequila.
- 401. Again…
- 402. whatever we can do to help.
- 403. I need to find him.
- 404. Hello?
- 405. I have your call.
- 406. From Denver.
- 407. Thank you.
- 408. This is Allston Wheatley.
- 409. It's Beth, Mr. Wheatley.
- 410. Beth?
- 411. Your daughter.
- 412. - Elizabeth Harmon.
- And you're in Mexico?
- 413. It's about Mrs. Wheatley.
- 414. How is Alma? Is she there with you?
- 415. She's dead.
- 416. She died this morning.
- 417. - Mr. Wheatley—
- Can't you handle this?
- 418. I-I can't be going off to Mexico.
- 419. There's an autopsy in the morning,
and I have to buy new plane tickets…
- 420. I mean, I have to get
a new ticket for myself.
- 421. - I don't know where to bury her.
- Call Durgin Brothers in Lexington.
- 422. There's a family plot
in her maiden name, Benson.
- 423. What about the house?
- 424. Look, I don't want any part of this.
- 425. I got problems enough in Denver.
- 426. Get her up to Kentucky and bury her,
and the house is yours. Just…
- 427. make the mortgage payments.
- 428. You need money?
- 429. I don't know.
I don't know how much it'll cost.
- 430. I heard you're doing all right.
The child-prodigy thing.
- 431. Can't you charge it or something?
- 432. I'll ask the hotel.
- 433. Good, you do that.
I'm strapped for cash right now,
- 434. but call Second National Bank
and ask for Mr. Erlich.
- 435. That's E-R-L-I-C-H.
- 436. Say you can have the house.
He knows how to reach me.
- 437. Don't you want to know how she died?
- 438. What was it?
- 439. Hepatitis.
- 440. I think. We'll know tomorrow.
- 441. Yeah.
- 442. She was sick a lot.
- 443. Más.