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    my playlist for my beth x benny fanfic
    April 1958: Benny Watts- an ambitious chessplayer and now the youngest US Champion ever- is now waiting to come back home, after a humiliating defeat on his first participation at the Interzonal Tournament. At the thought of Vasilj Borgov's eyes, a sensation of impotence pervaded him and for the first time, Benny felted himself incapable. But he promised to himself that he will get his revenge: that he would never feel that type of impotence ever again. He will beat Borgov - and the USSR's Federation, in the same way, he did with him.
    He will tear down that wall.
    April 1968: Beth Harmon is now returning home triumphant and with the brand new title of Grand Master after her glorious winning in Moscow.
    The next move is winning the World Championships' qualifications; but before, she needs to play a match with someone that she's still too afraid to challenge: herself and her past.
    Two different people, with a different past but with the same goals and fears - two sides of the same medal.
    Takes one to know one

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    Beth is sent back in time and has a second chance.
    My take on the time trave trope

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    The hardest thing Beth Harmon ever had to do was bury Benny Watts

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    The Queens Circus was known throughout Europe and America for one performer, and one performer alone. Beth Harmon. The acrobat was said to sail through the air as if she was floating. She was made from the constellations that mapped the night sky. To Benny Watts, he knows there's more to the pale faced girl he sees performing every night. He knows she aches to return home, but where is her home?

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    Why did the whole chess world turn their backs on Beth Harmon?

    The queen of American chess, Beth Harmon, has been overthrown.

    Beth Harmon is the worst thing that ever happened to chess.

    - a story based on the narrative of reputation by Taylor Swift

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    Beth longs to leave behind the past but to do that she needs a future, and she thinks she knows where she might find one.

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    When her mother deliberately crashes their car, it ends Beth’s life as she knows it and strands her at Methuen Home. She has yet to learn of the chain of events this will set in motion. The one that will start with her introduction to the world of chess, give her a new mother, and take her far beyond the borders of Lexington.

    As she works her way towards the very centre of that world, she meets numerous other people along the way. But among weak opponents, friendships, rivalries, and hardships there is one person who sticks out from among them all. Vasily Borgov, the intimidating World Champion from the Soviet Union with a face that is much harder to read than the sixty-four squares he rules over, catches her eyes from the start and she finds it impossible to look away.

    Or, we follow Beth through canon and into the years beyond as she struggles with finding her place in the world, creating bonds with others, and substance abuse, but also finds the good things in life, such as success, friendship, and love.

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    L'Étranger (fr): the outsider; the foreigner.

    What do you do after you've done everything?

    Beth has to think of something.

    Beth's journey from Moscow to the World Championship, and all the people who, one way or another, come along with her.

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    He is eight when the mark appears. He doesn't notice. His opponent does.


    Or: First-words soulmark AU. Benny is up for an Epic Chess Rivalry. Beth just wants to win it all.

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    5 times Benny Watts said 'I love you' first to Beth Harmon + 1 time she said it first.

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    Beth's eyes filled with tears, rage pouring through her as she realized the truth. She glared at me, looking up from the chess board and its tantalizing wooden pieces. Her gaze could've burned a hole through me.

    "Beth," I started, wishing I had never entered the stupid tournament in the first place. Why did I have to enter the US Championship just to beat her? What kind of sister does that?

    "I hate you," she spat, tears dropping from her eyes. I felt something inside of me freeze, the weight of her words sinking into me. Her eyes were so sharp and menacing, and I could tell she was telling me the truth. I wanted to tell myself she didn't mean it, but I'd never seen that look in someone's eyes before. She looked at me like I had ruined her.
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    updates on wednesdays!

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    “Maybe I like being your mistress,” she says. Borgov stares at her, incredulous and impassive. “We know exactly where things stand,” she continues. “We both know you’re not going to leave your wife, and I don’t want you to.”

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    A series of hotel room trysts.

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    When Harry reached out to Beth, he never expected her to respond.

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    Lou Benson wasn't a chess prodigy, in fact, she'd barely known the names of the pieces. But her adopted cousin certainly was, and Beth Harmon would one day become something the world would never forget.

    Meeting the current US Champion was part of the journey Beth was making toward taking his title and eventually the World Championship, and Lou making his acquaintance was at first just collateral of that. Until it wasn't just about chance meetings during tournaments, and Benny Watts became a permanent fixture of Lou's life.

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    Beth Harmon first met Benny Watts on her Tinder with the caption 'If you know what you want, come get it'.
    The next time she sees him, it's at a chess competition on campus. And so, their game begins.

     

    TDLR: A University AU which no one asked for!
    TW. Implied sexual assualt at the end of chapter 5, only implied, But Be aware.

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    Beth Harmon and Benny Watts are in love - they're also the only people who don't know about it. Their friends decide to help out.

    Much Ado About Nothing AU

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    Beth ascends the world stage.

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    Benny never thought he would marry. He never thought that life was for him, yet here he was. Married to Beth Harmon no less and loving her more than life itself.

    TDLR: A short fic about Benny and Beth marrying, and everything that follows. TW Mentions of blood and miscarriage.

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    Huddled together in the dark, two orphans whisper their dreams to each other.

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    “I like beautiful things,” was all Beth said to compensate for the grandiloquence as she took a sip of champagne, her lilt cheerful; nevertheless, unable to hide the anxiety due to having been found reading a very simple letter.

    A very simple letter, indeed.

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