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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.

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    41,043
    Chapters:
    7/27
    Comments:
    64
    Kudos:
    78
    Bookmarks:
    9
    Hits:
    987
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    Summary

    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.

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    39,346
    Chapters:
    17/?
    Comments:
    170
    Kudos:
    423
    Bookmarks:
    54
    Hits:
    8661
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    Beth stares at Bill in abject horror across the polished expanse of his desk. “No,” she says, “absolutely not.”

    Bill spreads his hands. “I’m sorry, Beth, but there’s nothing more I can do. If you want to go on tour this summer, this is your only option.”

    Or, the Band AU some people did actually ask for.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    9,154
    Chapters:
    3/12
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    18
    Kudos:
    74
    Bookmarks:
    9
    Hits:
    968
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    Mr. Shaibel had given her sound advice but Beth only listened to people until after they died.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    257
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    4
    Kudos:
    11
    Hits:
    83
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    Seven dinner parties and meet-ups: the Russian masters, Borgov, Townes, Benny, Harry, Jolene, and the ones Beth lost.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    7,812
    Chapters:
    7/7
    Comments:
    23
    Kudos:
    35
    Hits:
    745
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    Helen makes a decision and William does too.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    296
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    7
    Kudos:
    4
    Hits:
    47
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    Beth Harmon did not expect to be out on Halloween. And she definitely didn't expect to be out on Halloween night with Benny Watts, co-president of the Chess Team, trying to find Professor Borgov.

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    or the queen's gambit modern college au and wild goose chase crack that no one asked for

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    3,358
    Chapters:
    1/?
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    11
    Kudos:
    60
    Bookmarks:
    9
    Hits:
    403
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    After returning to Washington, D.C., renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Elizabeth Harmon is called in by FBI Special Agent Benjamin Watts to aid an FBI investigation involving a set of bones found hidden in a lake. Chaos ensues.

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    11,636
    Chapters:
    8/8
    Comments:
    26
    Kudos:
    81
    Bookmarks:
    8
    Hits:
    1218
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    Beth has had her inevitable love of chess stamped on her chest for as long as she could remember. The only problem is trying to find the person it matches. Her black king.

    (A soulmate au where everyone shares a mark with their soulmate.)

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    22,081
    Chapters:
    3/3
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    68
    Kudos:
    264
    Bookmarks:
    38
    Hits:
    3054
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    Beth falls asleep on the flight back to the States.

    She wakes up years in the past, in a familiar orphanage.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    19,527
    Chapters:
    6/6
    Collections:
    4
    Comments:
    207
    Kudos:
    904
    Bookmarks:
    200
    Hits:
    7562
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    Agent Beth Harmon is The Federation's golden girl, whip-smart and devastatingly good at infiltration and intel collection. Agent Benny Watts is the resident cowboy, charming and clever, and Beth's one and only equal in espionage.

    They are total opposites, and they have always detested each other - until one day they are assigned their biggest mission yet; an undercover op to infiltrate an invitational weapons summit.

    The only catch? Their cover is a deeply-in-love newlywed couple...

    (Or, a Benny/Beth Spies AU.)

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    4,717
    Chapters:
    2/?
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    42
    Kudos:
    90
    Bookmarks:
    18
    Hits:
    1137
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    Summary

    Beth reflects on the path she's taken to get where she is; the good, the bad and the ugly.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    4,540
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Kudos:
    10
    Bookmarks:
    3
    Hits:
    178
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    Summary

    It took a beat to realize that while all the writings had referred to her as a “him,” they were clearly mistaken.

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    2,222
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    8
    Kudos:
    89
    Bookmarks:
    8
    Hits:
    1410
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    Summary

    Beth Harmon is almost the only person who plays chess at Mr. Shaibel's boardgame café, so when she comes in one afternoon to see a chessboard left out on a table, she's curious. When she realizes the half-played game covering its surface is staggeringly, beautifully complex, she's transfixed. She needs to know who started this game, and if they'll be back to finish it.

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    8,164
    Chapters:
    6/6
    Comments:
    158
    Kudos:
    434
    Bookmarks:
    38
    Hits:
    5363
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    Summary

    “Do you still like my hair?”

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    4,339
    Chapters:
    4/4
    Comments:
    27
    Kudos:
    300
    Bookmarks:
    25
    Hits:
    4361
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    Summary

    A publisher wants to print the Beth Harmon story, but Beth doesn't know how to go about writing a book. Luckily, she knows someone who does.

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    1,639
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    45
    Kudos:
    420
    Bookmarks:
    34
    Hits:
    3603
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    Summary

    Time for the queen to attack the rook.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    983
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    22
    Kudos:
    208
    Bookmarks:
    14
    Hits:
    1801
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    Summary

    At Beth's wedding, the people who aren't there are just as important as the people who are.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    1,000
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    24
    Kudos:
    253
    Bookmarks:
    30
    Hits:
    2172
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    Language:
    English
    Words:
    0
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    2
    Kudos:
    25
    Bookmarks:
    2
    Hits:
    363
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    "But she is making an effort to know herself, the good and the bad, through the bright days and cloudy skies like the one above her. She is an orphan, but she is a daughter too, she is a friend, she is trying so hard not to be an addict. In certain circles, she is somewhat famous. She might be in love. And she probably wouldn’t be who she is if Mr Shaibel had not told her she is astounding, with the faith and confidence of someone saying the grass is green, under the blinding lightbulb that hung above their chessboard."

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    When Beth returns from Moscow, she has to say 'hello' to a chess player in a tiny apartment in New York City and 'goodbye' to another one in a graveyard in Kentucky.

    She hopes she has made them both proud.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    2,535
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    19
    Kudos:
    531
    Bookmarks:
    68
    Hits:
    3375

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