After a short winter break, we’ve returned to tackle Netflix’s hit series The Queen’s Gambit. Join us as we sit across the board from orphan turned chess champion, Beth Harmon.
Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran explore what makes Beth a prodigy, investigate her time in foster care and review her battle with substance use. Plus, what are those little green pills or “magic vitamins” they’re giving out at Methuen Home? Is that really a thing that happened in orphanages in the 1950s?
As her star in the chess world rises, so too does Beth’s tolerance for alcohol and drugs. Does she really need them? Or is this just another Sicilian Defense mechanism? We discuss substance use disorder, treatment and the importance of social support when combating these difficulties, not to mention Grandmaster Borgov.
Don’t be a pawn! Listening to this week’s session is the best opening move of 2021.