Netflix’s Drama ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ follows the story of Beth Harmon – an orphaned chess prodigy in the United States. Harmon’s skills, including the ability to break gender norms in a male-dominated game, made her a noteworthy chess player with achievements more significant than some characters.
While Netflix’s Harmon is a fictional character, a female chess prodigy who was 8-year-old when she engaged in her first national championship and won first place in her division has marked tremendous milestones and gained recognition after the TV show took place. 25-Year-Old Alexandra Botez, born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Canada by her Romanian immigrant parents, branded Beth Harmon’s real-life.
25-Year-Old Alexandra Botez, born in Dallas, Texas, is branded the real-life Beth Harmon
With over 215K followers on Instagram, Alexandra has been hailed by The Queen’s Gambit viewers, having scanned through her winning records and lifestyle, which is slightly the same as Beth Harmon’s. At age 6, Alexandra started playing chess after her biological dad made a wager with her mother. Two years down the line, her dad started taking her to local parks, searching for new people to play against.
Alexandra’s passion for chess headed further when her family moved to Texas, and at age 15, she was the overall best at the US Girls National Championship for females 18 and under. Chess equally dominated her high school days as most of her friends and conversations revolved around the calculative game.
‘Sometimes, it’s the people who are your closet friends that think females are genetically worse at chess. You’re playing the girl; it’s an easy win.’ The chess influencer said, referencing the sexism she’s continually faced with as a female chess player. Alexandra has won a total of 6 national championships and holds the International Chess Federation title of Women’s FIDE Master.
On the other hand, the graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in international relations is the 1st female president of Stanford’s chess club. Accordingly, the professional chess player co-founded CrowdAmp, the now-defunct social media company utilizing artificial intelligence for more personalized communication. The BotexLive account on Twitch – is a platform where Alexandra live-stream chess with her 18-year-old sister Andrea, who’s also a chess player.