Waimea resident is Hawaii’s Chess Player of the Year

  • Contributed images LEFT: Movie poster of Netflix original series "Queen's Gambit". RIGHT: “Hawai‘i Chess Player of the Year” Waimea's Li Aipa.

The Queen’s Gambit is a Netflix series about a young chess prodigy, Beth Harmon. It parallels the real-life story of American prodigy Bobby Fischer, who battled the great Soviet chess machine almost single-handedly through the 1960s before winning the world championship in 1972. The seven-part mini series is one of the most popular in the history of Netflix, and has topped the Nielsen rating for the last three weeks. Serious chess players around the world applaud how well it captures the drama of real tournaments, and how the mannerisms and moves so accurately portray real grandmasters.