What “The Queen’s Gambit” Gets Right About Adoption

Michele Merritt
10 min readNov 16, 2020

Being a child prodigy is not all fun and games. Neither is being an adoptee.

**Spoiler alerts for those who have not seen the series**

After watching the Netflix drama mini-series, The Queen’s Gambit, I was struck by so much. The set design, the makeup and costumes, the characters, and of course, the chess. As a woman, I was in awe of the lead…

Michele Merritt

Philosophy professor. Adoptee. Advocate. Activist. Marathon swimmer. Cheese consumer. I write about dogs a lot. michelemerritt.com