The Queen's Gambit has officially swept the nation. For those who haven't watched, the period drama begins in a 1950s orphanage where a young girl, Beth Harmon, reveals an "astonishing talent for chess". The show follows the prodigy's rise to the top of the chess world while grappling with addiction. Four weeks after its release in October, the show became Netflix's most-watched scripted miniseries.
While the show features many different locations across the nation and beyond, New Orleans viewers might have perked up during the mention of Paul Morphy, a real-life world champion who hailed from the Crescent City. The Historic New Orleans Collection's "Playing Chess with Paul Morphy" combines history with the game of chess and teaches participants about Morphy's chess career and how to play the game themselves.
The six lessons are available here. The Queen's Gambit can be streamed on Netflix with a subscription.