- 1. Men are gonna come along
and wanna teach you things.
- 2. Doesn't make them any smarter.
- 3. In most ways, they're not,
but it makes them feel bigger.
- 4. They can show you how things are done.
- 5. You just let them blow by,
- 6. and you go on ahead,
and do just what the hell you feel like.
- 7. It takes a strong woman
to stay by herself,
- 8. in a world where people
will settle for anything,
- 9. just to say they have something.
- 10. There we are.
- 11. So you never forget who you are.
- 12. - Pawn to king four.
- Pawn to queen bishop four.
- 13. - N to KB-3.
- Pawn to queen three.
- 14. P to Q4.
- 15. Pawn takes pawn.
- 16. - Knight takes.
- Knight… king bishop three.
- 17. - N to QB-3.
- Pawn to king's knight three.
- 18. P to B4.
- 19. P to B4.
- 20. The Levenfish. Never liked it.
- 21. - King to B3.
- I'll take the knight.
- 22. - Pawn takes.
- Pawn to king five.
- 23. Pawn takes again.
- 24. Hey, you know what Scharz
says about that in the footnote?
- 25. I don't read the footnotes.
- 26. - Okay, well, it's time you started.
- I don't like Scharz.
- 27. Oh, I don't like Scharz either,
but I read him.
- 28. What's your move?
- 29. Queen takes queen. Check.
- 30. The weather is hot today.
- 31. I feel sick.
- 32. Mm.
- 33. Here you go.
- 34. Not that one.
- 35. This one.
- 36. Benny?
- 37. Come on.
- 38. - Is there a bathroom?
- Oh, yeah, it's just through there.
- 39. There's space in the closet.
- 40. You can hang your clothes up
in there if you want.
- 41. Okay.
- 42. - I thought I was gonna get a couch.
- No, I said living room.
- 43. Just gotta…
- 44. pump it up.
- 45. - I got it.
- 46. - You sure? Gonna be all right?
- 47. Oh, there's no booze in the apartment.
- 48. Didn't think there would be.
- 49. You can get changed in my bedroom.
- 50. I need a shower.
- 51. She's all yours.
- 52. Here, we'll start with these.
- 53. "The Hastings Christmas Chess Congress."
- 54. "Falaise Hall, White Rock Gardens."
- 55. "Record of games."
- 56. "Luchenko-Uhlmann. Borgov-Penrose."
- 57. "Grandmaster Chess." Whoo!
- 58. Play the Hastings games first.
- 59. I'll play black.
- 60. I haven't had any breakfast.
- 61. Eggs are in the fridge.
- 62. Thank you.
- 63. Then, we'll play the Borgov games first.
- 64. - All of them?
- He will be in Paris.
- 65. Fine.
- 66. I will eat first.
- 67. Why not advance the knight?
Why isn't he defending against the rook?
- 68. What's gonna become of the backward pawn?
- 69. You replay the game
so you can feel the wins for yourself.
- 70. You read game books like Reinfeld
- 71. that are full of queen sacrifices
- 72. You know from your tournament experience
- 73. you can't rely on your opponent
setting himself up for a queen sacrifice,
- 74. or a surprise mate
with a knight and a rook.
- 75. But that's who you are.
- 76. You're bored with ordinary chess,
- 77. even when it's played by Grandmasters.
- 78. You're bored in the way you probably were
- 79. when you read
Reuben Fine's endgame analysis.
- 80. And then the counter analysis
in Chess Review
- 81. that pointed out the errors
in Reuben Fine.
- 82. Benny…
- 83. …look at this.
- 84. Fine missed one.
- 85. Look. Ready?
- 86. Black…
- 87. has this…
- 88. with the knight.
- 89. - Yeah.
- It's good, it's good!
- 90. Yeah. Yeah.
- 91. Huh.
- 92. And you haven't done anything
like what I'm making you do now.
- 93. We're playing serious chess.
- 94. Workmanlike chess.
- 95. The kind of chess played
by the best players in the world,
- 96. the Soviets.
- 97. And you know why
they're the best players in the world?
- 98. They have the best suits?
- 99. It's because they play together as a team,
- 100. especially during adjournments.
- 101. They help each other out.
- 102. Us Americans, we work alone
because we're all such individualists.
- 103. We don't like to let anyone help us.
- 104. You're helping me now.
- 105. Am I?
- 106. 'Cause it looks more
like I'm putting you to sleep.
- 107. I'm sorry.
- 108. I'm tired.
- 109. I should probably go to bed.
- 110. What, and miss out on all the fun?
- 111. Mm. I'll survive.
- 112. What fun?
- 113. I wonder who that could be.
- 114. Hey!
- 115. Right on time.
- 116. - Come on in, come on in.
- Good to see you.
- 117. Beth Harmon, this is Hilton Wexler
and Grandmaster Arthur Levertov.
- 118. The new champ.
- 119. Hi.
- 120. Congratulations.
Benny needed a lesson in humility.
- 121. I'm already tops in humility.
- 122. Hello, Beth.
- 123. Uh… oh…
- 124. I'm Cleo.
- 125. Hi.
- 126. Do you do problems?
- 127. - No.
- 128. I always found them irrelevant.
- 129. Positions that never come up
in actual games.
- 130. Let me show you one you might like.
- 131. Okay.
- 132. - Can I mess this up?
- Go ahead.
- 133. Hilton, she is not
one of your problem freaks.
- 134. - She's the US Champion, for Christ's sake.
- It's okay.
- 135. This one is…
- 136. …my favorite.
- 137. How does White win in three?
- 138. Benny, under what mound
do you hide your drinking glasses?
- 139. Hey, quit distracting her.
- 140. She's not.
- 141. King to queen seven.
- 142. Jesus! That's fast.
- 143. Drink?
- 144. No, thank you.
- 145. I should fix the food.
- 146. Come on, that's enough of that.
- 147. - Come on.
- Do you ever clean?
- 148. Are you here with Arthur or Hilton?
- 149. Both of them.
- 150. Neither of them.
- 151. Two of them are better than one,
if you know what I mean.
- 152. How do you all know each other?
- 153. A sad story,
- 154. involving me, a bad breakup,
- 155. and a walk through
le Jardin du Luxembourg,
- 156. where those two stopped me
from killing myself.
- 157. Like I say, a sad story.
- 158. But as I walked past,
- 159. Arthur and Hilton were having
a violent argument over a chessboard,
- 160. and I became mesmerized by their passion.
- 161. Well, that's how they tell it, anyway.
- 162. No, the truth is, um…
- 163. Benny was there,
and I became mesmerized by Benny.
- 164. Over and done.
- 165. What do you do?
- 166. Guess.
- 167. Something in fashion?
- 168. That's a nice way to put it.
- 169. I'm a model.
- 170. Wow.
- 171. That must be exciting.
- 172. Fashion is exciting.
Modeling and models are insipid.
- 173. But it pays for my studio in the Marais.
- 174. Oh, you have not been to Paris?
- 175. Not yet.
- 176. - Do you live there?
- 177. Sometimes Berlin, sometimes here.
- 178. I'm a, uh…
- 179. - how do you say? A vagabond?
- I don't know.
- 180. Modeling sounds pretty exciting to me.
- 181. Plus, I imagine
they give you a lot of free clothes.
- 182. Ah, you like nice clothes, huh?
- 183. I do.
- 184. You could never be a model.
- 185. You are pretty enough,
but you are much too smart.
- 186. Models are empty creatures.
- 187. The camera lens fills them
with color and texture,
- 188. and, once in a while, even mystery.
- 189. But just like there is no mystery
to a vacant lot,
- 190. it's just there until you put
something interesting on top of it…
- 191. Models are the same.
- 192. They are just what you put on them.
- 193. You know, most are terrible in bed.
- 194. But then, anyone who doesn't eat
is terrible in bed, don't you think?
- 195. Here we go.
- 196. What?
- 197. Let's do a simultaneous.
- 198. You…
- 199. play all of us.
- 200. Uh, not me.
I don't even know the rules.
- 201. I'll spectate.
- 202. - Do we have enough boards, enough pieces?
- Yeah, in the closet.
- 203. We can set them up
right here on the floor.
- 204. Okay.
- 205. - Time control?
- Let's play speed chess.
- 206. Well, that'll give us an edge.
We can think on your time.
- 207. Mm. I wanna try it.
- 208. You're not so good at that, remember?
- 209. I'll bet you ten I can beat you.
- 210. What if you throw the other games,
spend all your time against me?
- 211. What if I kick you in the crotch?
- 212. - I'll bet you ten on them, too.
- Okay. It's your money.
- 213. It will be.
- 214. Let's do it again.
- 215. Again.
- 216. Again.
- 217. Well, kid…
- 218. I think you've got it.
- 219. It was such a pleasure.
Do look me up if you come to Paris.
- 220. - Will you be there in two weeks?
- Oh, who knows?
- 221. - Ah, bye.
- 222. What?
- 223. Nobody has done that to me in 15 years.
- 224. - Not even Borgov?
- Not even Borgov.
- 225. And I'm sober as a judge,
- 226. as Alma would say.
- 227. I, myself, am not.
- 228. Good night.
- 229. Night.
- 230. Wait. Hey.
- 231. Yes?
- 232. Do you still like my hair?
- 233. That's what it's supposed to feel like.
- 234. Hello?
- 235. You should play the Sicilian.
- 236. What?
- 237. In your game with Borgov,
you should play the Sicilian.
- 238. Why?
- 239. It's what he's so good at.
- 240. It's also
what you're most comfortable with.
- 241. You should always
play your line, never his.
- 242. You play what's best for you.
- 243. Thank you.
- 244. Anything else?
- 245. One more thing.
- 246. They never say "check"
at the big tournaments.
- 247. Are you serious?
- 248. Yeah, very.
They never lay their kings down, either.
- 249. I meant, "Are you serious?"
- 250. "This is what you're thinking about
- 251. Good night, Benny.
- 252. Good night.
- 253. Welcome to our international tournament.
- 254. This is a single round-robin event.
- 255. Everyone plays everyone.
- 256. There are six players and five rounds.
- 257. One round a day for five days
- 258. with one day off for adjournments.
- 259. Places in our cross table
have been chosen by lot.
- 260. Colors have been chosen accordingly.
- 261. Mr. Borgov, what's
it like to compete with younger players,
- 262. and how much longer
do you think you'll play?
- 263. "I feel good,
as good as I felt when I was 4 years old,
- 264. and played my first game."
- 265. "Chess still…
- 266. excites me in the same way."
- 267. "I have no plans to stop playing,
- 268. and I'll…
- 269. likely die with my head on a chessboard."
- 270. Miss Harmon, what do you say
to those in the Chess Federation
- 271. who accuse you of being too glamorous
- 272. to be a serious chess player?
- 273. I would say
that it's much easier to play chess
- 274. without the burden of an Adam's apple.
- 275. So, how are you feeling
about your match with Alec Bergland?
- 276. I'm looking forward to it.
- 277. Does that mean you think you can beat him?
- 278. It means that I have to beat him.
- 279. Miss Harmon, do you feel good
about rematch with Grandmaster Borgov?
- 280. Very good.
- 281. I slept on the plane,
so I arrived in Paris with no jet lag.
- 282. I'm very well rested.
- 283. At night, I stay in my room,
and study Mr. Borgov's old games.
- 284. Including the one against you
in Mexico City?
- 285. Especially that one.
- 286. The time control
is 40 moves in two and half hours.
- 287. Any questions?
- 288. Very well.
- 289. Good luck to each of you.
- 290. May the best man,
- 291. or woman,
- 292. win.
- 293. I'm sorry, Mademoiselle?
- 294. Excuse me. Would it be possible
to have an autograph?
- 295. Mademoiselle.
- 296. Tomorrow, it's you…
- 297. …against Grandmaster Borgov.
- 298. Hello?
- 299. What, you thought you could sneak
into town without me knowing?
- 300. Who is this?
- 301. And now you insult me.
- 302. - Cleo?
- A very sad Cleo.
- 303. I'm sorry. I was just…
- 304. - Where are you?
- 305. - Here?
- I thought you might come down
- 306. and join me for a drink.
- 307. I have a match tomorrow.
- 308. One drink, and then you go back up
and resume your rigors.
- 309. It's the final.
- 310. I should probably sleep.
- 311. Of course you should.
- 312. I understand.
- 313. But maybe tomorrow night?
- 314. Well, who knows
where I'll be so far in the future?
- 315. But, um, I wish you luck in your match.
- 316. Thank you.
- 317. You know, it's a lovely bar.
- 318. I think I'll go toast
your success on my own.
- 319. Sweet dreams.
- 320. Hi.
- 321. So, the pretty girl has taste
to go with her other gifts, huh?
- 322. You make me sick, you know.
- 323. Thank you, so do you.
- 324. Now, just one drink.
- 325. I wanna get to bed early.
- 326. Okay.
- 327. So, what will you have then,
for your one drink?
- 328. Must be special if it is your only one.
- 329. What are you having?
- 330. It's called pastis.
- 331. Very Parisian, very ordinary.
- 332. Here, try it.
- 333. Tastes like licorice.
- 334. Mmm.
- 335. The anise.
- 336. I like it.
- 337. - I could see myself living here.
- I could see it, too.
- 338. A little pied-à-terre
on the Rue des Capucines,
- 339. or the Boulevard Raspail.
- 340. In a few years, I'll be world champion.
- 341. I can live wherever I want.
- 342. It will be much sooner than that.
- 343. If I lived here…
- 344. I would go to plays, and concerts, and…
- 345. I would eat lunch
in a different cafe every day.
- 346. And I would dress the way
that women do here, you know?
- 347. So smart with their nice dresses,
and their perfect haircuts.
- 348. You already have
so much more than they do.
- 349. And something that none of them have.
- 350. Talent.
- 351. And that can give you a life
that anyone would envy.
- 352. There's nothing keeping me in Kentucky.
- 353. The possibilities are endless.
- 354. And one of those possibilities
is staring at you.
- 355. No, they're looking at you.
- 356. I think not.
- 357. You are very beautiful.
- 358. - I don't see myself that way.
- Then you are blind.
- 359. Do you like to fuck?
- 360. - Cleo!
- 361. I make it easier for you.
Did you like to fuck Benny?
- 362. Sometimes.
- 363. How romantic.
- 364. And have you ever been in love?
- 365. Not with Benny.
- 366. Of course not.
- 367. No woman can compete
with Benny's love for himself.
- 368. So, we are still in love?
- 369. What's his name?
- 370. Townes.
- 371. To unrequited love.
- 372. And to stupid men.
- 373. Exactly.
- 374. Let's see how many lies they tell.
- 375. Excuse me?
- 376. Mademoiselle?
Mademoiselle Harmon, vous êtes là?
- 377. Mademoiselle, on vous attend.
- 378. Je descends tout de suite.
- 379. Okay?
- 380. Thank you.
- 381. I'm sorry.
- 382. I resign.
- 383. There's a rumor you were drunk.
- 384. I wasn't drunk.
- 385. Or hungover, then.
- 386. I could have been stone-cold sober.
- 387. It wouldn't have made
the slightest difference.
- 388. I don't believe that.
- 389. What time do you get in?
I can come pick you up.
- 390. I'm going back to Lexington.
- 391. I need to be alone.
- 392. That is the opposite of what you need.
- 393. Beth, please just come to New York.
We can talk it out.
- 394. - Beth?
- Thank you, Benny.
- 395. For everything.
- 396. You shouldn't be by yourself.
You know what happens.
- 397. Maybe that's what I want.
- 398. - What, to get drunk?
- Yeah, good and drunk.
- 399. Fucking bombed.
- 400. And maybe high, too. Why not?
- 401. - You wouldn't if you were with me.
- I know.
- 402. What if I said,
"Go ahead, get drunk"?
- 403. Would you come then?
- 404. Benny, I don't know what I'm doing.
- 405. Or going to do.
- 406. - Hello.
- This is Dick Chennault.
- 407. - Um…
- Your lawyer.
- 408. Oh.
- 409. I tried to get you three times yesterday,
and the day before. Where you been?
- 410. In Paris.
- 411. Playing chess.
- 412. How sweet it must be.
- 413. What is it I can do for you,
- 414. Uh, it's, uh, it's Wheatley.
He doesn't wanna sign.
- 415. Sign what?
- 416. Title for the house.
- 417. Can you get over here
so we can work it out?
- 418. I don't see why you would need me.
You're the lawyer.
- 419. And he said he would sign
whatever was necessary, so…
- 420. Oh, well, apparently,
he's changed his mind.
- 421. Come in.
- 422. Beth.
- 423. Mr. Wheatley has a proposal.
- 424. You can live here while you're looking
for something permanent.
- 425. I thought I could keep the house
if I made the payments.
- 426. Uh, Mr. Wheatley…
- 427. says you misconstrued him.
- 428. He, uh, claims he was just permitting you
to stay in the house, uh…
- 429. until you got settled.
- 430. That's not true.
- 431. He said I could have it.
- 432. Remember?
- 433. Can't you even look at me?
- 434. - You adopted me. Can't you talk to me?
- 435. - Alma wanted a child.
- You signed the papers.
- 436. - You took on a responsibility.
- Alma wanted to adopt you, not me.
- 437. You're not entitled to everything I own,
- 438. just 'cause I signed
some papers to shut her up.
- 439. Not that it worked.
- 440. You adopted me.
- 441. I didn't ask you to.
- 442. - You're my legal father.
- The money in this house is mine!
- 443. No smart-assed orphan
is gonna take it away from me.
- 444. Oh, I'm not an orphan.
I'm your daughter.
- 445. Not in my book, you aren't.
- 446. I don't give a shit
what your goddamn lawyer says.
- 447. Or what Alma said, either.
That woman could not keep her mouth shut.
- 448. I thought the piano would help, it didn't.
- 449. So, here you are.
- 450. It's all so pathetic.
- 451. Did you ever hear her play?
- 452. Of course.
- 453. Yes, but did you ever really listen?
- 454. Alma was not pathetic,
she was stuck. There's a difference.
- 455. She didn't know how to get out of it.
- 456. Pathetic, well…
- 457. I'm looking at pathetic.
- 458. What do you want from Beth, Mr. Wheatley?
- 459. - I want her out. I'm selling the house.
- Sell it to me.
- 460. What are you talking about?
- 461. I'll buy it.
- 462. I'll pay whatever your equity is.
- 463. - No, it's worth more than that now.
- How much more?
- 464. I'd need 7,000.
- 465. Your equity is less than five.
- 466. It's seven. I'll show you the receipts.
- 467. Fine.
- 468. Seven thousand.
- 469. - You have that much?
- 470. But I will be subtracting
what I paid to bury Mother.
- 471. I'll show you the receipts.
- 472. It's too hot in here.
- 473. Well…
- 474. good luck.
- 475. I'll, uh…
…send over the paperwork in a day or so.
- 476. Um…
- 477. Hi.
- 478. You want another job?
- 479. Dear Miss Harmon,
- 480. as we have been unable
to reach you by telephone,
- 481. we are writing to determine your interest
in the support of Christian Crusade
- 482. in your forthcoming competition
in the USSR.
- 483. Christian Crusade
is a nonprofit organization
- 484. dedicated to the opening
of closed doors to the message of Christ.
- 485. We have found your career
as a trainee of a Christian institution,
- 486. the Methuen Home, noteworthy.
- 487. We would like to help you
in your forthcoming struggle,
- 488. since we share your Christian ideals
- 489. If you are interested in our support,
- 490. please contact our offices in Houston.
- 491. Yours in Christ, Crawford Walker.
- 492. Take the money. They're loaded.
- 493. They'd pay for my ticket to Russia?
- 494. More than that.
- 495. If you need to play another match before,
they'll back you,
- 496. and if you ask them,
they'll fly me out there with you.
- 497. Separate rooms, of course,
considering their views.
- 498. Why would they pay so much?
- 499. They want us to beat Communists for Jesus.
- 500. These are the same people that paid
for part of my way two years ago.
- 501. Are you, uh…
- 502. coming to New York?
- 503. I have to stay in Kentucky a bit longer.
- 504. I have a tournament in San Francisco,
and I need to take care of this place now.
- 505. I'm fine, Benny, really.
- 506. How are you?
- 507. I'm managing.
- 508. I miss you.
- 509. Study the game pamphlets
from the last Moscow Invitational.
- 510. - I'm not even sure I'm gonna go.
- Just do it, Beth.
- 511. Write the Jesus people back.
- 512. Tell them you will take all the help
that they can give you.
- 513. I will have the asparagus vinaigrette
as an appetizer
- 514. while I think about my main course.
- 515. Very well, Miss Harmon.
- 516. And would you care for a cocktail?
- 517. No, uh, Coke is fine.
- 518. Actually…
- 519. I'll have a Gibson.
- 520. On the rocks.
- 521. Of course.
- 522. Hello.
- 523. Beth?
- 524. Hello?
- 525. That's my girl.
- 526. Beth?
- 527. Are you in there?
- 528. I've been calling.
- 529. Are you okay?
- 530. I'm worried about you.
- 531. Beth, it's Harry.
- 532. Beth, if you're in there,
please open the door.
- 533. Hello.
- 534. Elizabeth Harmon?
- 535. - Yeah.
- This is Ed Spencer.
- 536. Okay.
- 537. I'm the local tournament director.
- 538. I'm calling about tomorrow.
- 539. Tomorrow?
- 540. The tournament.
- 541. We were wondering
if you could come an hour early.
- 542. The Louisville paper
is sending a photographer,
- 543. and we think WLEX will have somebody.
- 544. Could you come at nine?
- 545. Miss Harmon?
- 546. Uh, yeah, um…
- 547. I'll be there at 9:30.
- 548. Half an hour is more than enough time
to take the pictures.
- 549. Shit.
- 550. Fuck.
- 551. Oh, shit.
- 552. Beth.
- 553. Ed Spencer.
- 554. - You made it.
- Yeah, hi. Um…
- 555. You wouldn't happen to have any aspirin?
- 556. - I'm sure I could find you some.
- Thank you.
- 557. - N-no.
- Beth Harmon?
- 558. Annette Packer.
- 559. I was your first official win.
You cleaned my clock.
- 560. - The whole thing lasted about 15 minutes.
- 561. Oh, don't be, it's an honor.
- 562. I'm always telling people
- 563. that I was there for
two of your big firsts.
- 564. I… I knew you were going places,
and that meant something to me.
- 565. You know?
- 566. That it was possible…
- 567. for us.
- 568. So, are you playing here today?
- 569. Oh, God, no.
- 570. I haven't played in a few years now.
- 571. I'm premed, so I have exactly zero time.
- 572. I, um, I-I do miss it, though.
- 573. Yeah.
- 574. I, uh, I heard you were gonna be here,
so I came down for the weekend.
- 575. To thank you in person.
- 576. Anyway,
- 577. I'll see you inside.
- 578. Bye.
- 579. Shit.
- 580. Oh, thank you.
- 581. There's no smoking in here.
- 582. Right, of course. Thanks.
- 583. Play starts in a few minutes.
- 584. Right on!
- 585. Goddamnit!
- 586. You got a new car.
- 587. Yeah, I, uh, I wrecked the other one.
- 588. This one's more me.
- 589. Are you here to play or…
- 590. - No.
- Well, what are you doing here?
- 591. I've been calling.
- 592. I even came by one time.
- 593. Did you?
- 594. Yeah.
- 595. I'm worried about you.
- 596. What on earth for?
- 597. I've seen you once or twice
at the supermarket.
- 598. You following me?
- 599. I work there.
- 600. What?
- 601. I'm Assistant Manager,
so I'm usually in the office.
- 602. You've never said hello.
- 603. Well, you didn't seem…
- 604. approachable.
- 605. You need help.
- 606. What kind of help would that be?
- 607. Help with my chess? We tried that—
- 608. - That's not what I'm talking about.
- What are we talking about?
- 609. My dad drank.
- 610. He wasn't mean or anything.
- 611. He just got quiet
and fell asleep in his clothes.
- 612. - Okay.
- You smell just like he did.
- 613. Your eyes are just like his eyes,
- 614. - and your skin is—
- My skin?
- 615. Like I said…
- 616. I'm worried about you.
- 617. Sounds more like
you're feeling sorry for me.
- 618. I didn't say that.
- 619. I'm not the one supposed to be in college,
not working in a supermarket.
- 620. I'm doing both.
- 621. You know what?
- 622. Yeah, I like working there.
- 623. It's a good job, and the people are nice.
- 624. Elizabeth!
- 625. Good luck, Beth.
- 626. Ow! Damn it! Harry!
- 627. I told you to leave me alone!
- 628. Jesus fucking Christ.
- 629. Who the hell are you?
- 630. Jolene?