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(Electric Lit)   "The Queen's Gambit" Is actually a sports drama. CHECK AND MATE. WOOOOOOOO IN YOUR FACE   (electricliterature.com) divider line
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2020-12-02 1:43:11 PM  
 
2020-12-02 2:40:42 PM  
y'know what?

I don't even want to google Peter-Griffin-OMG-who-the-hell-cares.j​p for this...
 
2020-12-02 2:45:17 PM  
Girl, you're five foot nothing. A hundred and nothing. Yet you taught yourself to play chess by making friends with a creepy janitor and getting wacked out on downers in an orphanage, and now you're beating the best players in the world.

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2020-12-02 2:45:23 PM  

EvilEgg: Chess is more of a sport, than say golf.

How Elite Chess Players Burn More Than 6,000 Calories (menshealth.com)


I'm not reading an article about public masturbation. I don't care how strenuous.
 
2020-12-02 2:47:03 PM  
Works as a superhero movie story too.
 
2020-12-02 2:51:01 PM  
I mean... yes?

A sports movie that was advertised as a sports movie, which is structured as a sports movie and explicitly about a sport, which has been an organized sport since the 1800s... is a typical sports movie.

The fact that this surprises someone ostensibly knowledgeable enough about media to draw a farking paycheck on that knowledge is somewhat worrying.  Like... I look forward to the author of TFA being nominated to head the US's COVID response soon, is how farking pants-on-head stupid the author appears to be to consider this an actual insight of some kind.
 
2020-12-02 3:03:24 PM  
It's also a Christmas movie.
 
2020-12-02 3:11:07 PM  
It's not a sport if you can actually gain weight while doing it.
 
2020-12-02 3:23:08 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: It's not a sport if you can actually gain weight while doing it.


So I guess weight training is out?
 
2020-12-02 3:24:12 PM  

Subtonic: EvilEgg: Chess is more of a sport, than say golf.

How Elite Chess Players Burn More Than 6,000 Calories (menshealth.com)

I'm not reading an article about public masturbation. I don't care how strenuous.


The key to public masturbation is to look them dead in the eye while you do it.  Now you're not the pervert masturbating public, they're the perverts watching you.
 
2020-12-02 3:27:48 PM  
Chess can be a sport.
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2020-12-02 3:29:09 PM  
I said it was a sports drama last week, along with about a million other people. The Queen's Gambit is of the past. Repair Shop is the new (old) thing. I love Repair Shop!
 
2020-12-02 3:31:49 PM  

Mister Buttons: ArcadianRefugee: It's not a sport if you can actually gain weight while doing it.

So I guess weight training is out?


Wait.. (weight?)...is training a sport?  I'd think it was prep for the sport....

/  my head....
 
2020-12-02 3:44:25 PM  
Well yeah, obviously.
 
2020-12-02 3:47:19 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: It's not a sport if you can actually gain weight while doing it.


Noted athlete Joey Chestnut disagrees
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2020-12-02 4:24:42 PM  

EvilEgg: Subtonic: EvilEgg: Chess is more of a sport, than say golf.

How Elite Chess Players Burn More Than 6,000 Calories (menshealth.com)

I'm not reading an article about public masturbation. I don't care how strenuous.

The key to public masturbation is to look them dead in the eye while you do it.  Now you're not the pervert masturbating public, they're the perverts watching you.


There's a Hustler Club on Bourbon St. I never go to Bourbon unless I'm nicely paid for it, which is the attitude of the locals. So on one fateful morning, about 5am or so, I'm walking past the club, which is plastered with covers of the magazine. It was a slow night so by that time it was just the two of us on that block. As  approached him he whirled around to stare me right in the eyes. He was jerking off to the old magazine covers that decorate the place. But it wasn't his jerking off that alarmed me- the guy started yelling "Ain't life grand?!? Ain't life grand?!?" while looking directly at me and jerking it.

Look, I've seen FAR more than my fair share of cazy sh*t in this town, but being stared at while some guy was jerking it and yelling/staring at me was a first. But not the last.

/I've since co-opted "Ain't life grand!!?" as an inside joke among friends familiar with this not-so CSB
 
2020-12-02 4:38:25 PM  

EvilEgg: Chess is more of a sport, than say golf.

How Elite Chess Players Burn More Than 6,000 Calories (menshealth.com)


That is complete bullshiat.  Maybe 10 people in the world (and likely not that many) would burn those kind of calories playing chess.

Jim_Callahan: A sports movie that was advertised as a sports movie, which is structured as a sports movie and explicitly about a sport, which has been an organized sport since the 1800s... is a typical sports movie.


If someone that is a quadraplegic can beat someone in something it is not a sport.  Not saying there isn't skill there, there obviously is, but I can't see it as a sport.
 
2020-12-02 5:07:09 PM  
If it's a sport then why isn't this thread in Sports tab?


/Because fark me, that's why
 
2020-12-02 5:15:56 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: It's not a sport if you can actually gain weight while doing it.


Said no sumo wrestler ever.
 
2020-12-02 5:19:43 PM  
Well, yeah.
 
2020-12-02 5:44:38 PM  

PluckYew: If it's a sport then why isn't this thread in Sports tab?


/Because fark me, that's why


It isn't a sport, it is a game, like bridge, or monopoly (with more skill involved).  A sport has to involve athletic skill as well as competition.
 
2020-12-02 5:46:07 PM  

someonelse: I said it was a sports drama last week, along with about a million other people. The Queen's Gambit is of the past. Repair Shop is the new (old) thing. I love Repair Shop!


I just copped on to repair shop and I love it. I didn't realise it made it to the states.

Is it the UK version you watch it is there a US version?

On another note I thought the Queens Gambit was excellent.
 
2020-12-02 5:59:21 PM  
Now Whiplash, there's a movie not about sports that's secretly a sports movie.
 
2020-12-02 6:15:40 PM  
Can we still tell Pierre to shut up?

/Mike Milbury calls the knight pieces "horsies"
 
2020-12-02 8:18:31 PM  
It's pretty much Rocky IV.
 
2020-12-02 8:27:11 PM  

Barton Fink: someonelse: I said it was a sports drama last week, along with about a million other people. The Queen's Gambit is of the past. Repair Shop is the new (old) thing. I love Repair Shop!

I just copped on to repair shop and I love it. I didn't realise it made it to the states.

Is it the UK version you watch it is there a US version?

On another note I thought the Queens Gambit was excellent.


It's the UK version on Netflix. If it were an American remake, everyone would have severe personality disorders, and D-list celebrities would judge the repairs.
 
2020-12-02 8:40:18 PM  

Invincible: It's pretty much Rocky IV.


Only insofar as the opponent at the end is Russian.
 
2020-12-02 9:24:37 PM  
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2020-12-02 11:58:52 PM  

stoli n coke: Invincible: It's pretty much Rocky IV.

Only insofar as the opponent at the end is Russian.


If she dies, she dies
 
2020-12-03 12:21:09 AM  
The only people that seem to care about categorizing activities into sports and non-sports are dudes who are probably awful at both.
 
2020-12-03 6:52:50 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: It's also a Christmas movie.


THE GREATEST Christmas movie (that doesn't involve corpse desecration.)
 
2020-12-03 8:29:00 AM  

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Pretty much.  Let's just say the marketing people knew what they were doing when they made the splash screen for this show.

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2020-12-03 9:44:19 AM  

Porkbelly: It isn't a sport, it is a game, like bridge, or monopoly (with more skill involved).  A sport has to involve athletic skill as well as competition.


If jocks get to openly enjoy superhero movies, nerds get to call themselves athletes.
 
2020-12-03 11:19:22 AM  

Porkbelly: ArcadianRefugee: It's not a sport if you can actually gain weight while doing it.

Said no sumo wrestler ever.


They don't eat while they are wrestling, is the point. What you do in your spare time, or to prepare for your bout/game/whatever is immaterial -- if you can actually gain weight during the event (guzzling beer during darts, eating hot dogs as you drive to the next tee, etc), I don't count it as a sport.
 
2020-12-03 11:41:24 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: Porkbelly: ArcadianRefugee: It's not a sport if you can actually gain weight while doing it.

Said no sumo wrestler ever.

They don't eat while they are wrestling, is the point. What you do in your spare time, or to prepare for your bout/game/whatever is immaterial -- if you can actually gain weight during the event (guzzling beer during darts, eating hot dogs as you drive to the next tee, etc), I don't count it as a sport.


Of course this depends on what you mean by "doing it."  It isn't really a very exact term.  But it was meant to be a joke in an event.
 
2020-12-03 1:03:04 PM  

Persnickety: Let's just say the marketing people knew what they were doing when they made the splash screen for this show.



I just "splashed" the screen
 
2020-12-03 4:12:59 PM  
The IOC says it's a sport, so it's a sport
https://www.olympic.org/world-chess-f​e​deration

It might even get in for the 2024 Olympics
https://fr.reuters.com/article/instan​t​-article/idUSKCN1Q12N4

And here's an explainer from chess.com
https://www.chess.com/article/view/is​-​chess-a-sport

Loved Queen's Gambit, it checks all the boxes for a sports movie, this is obvious and I am glad that the few out there who are uneducated about these facts can now enlighten themselves.
 
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