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Across the board, these chess films, series worth streaming

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Anya Taylor-Joy stars in “The Queen’s Gambit,” a miniseries on Netflix about chess.

If there’s a nail-biting thriller about Chinese checkers, I haven’t seen it. Chess, on the other hand, continues to provide high drama.

Look no further than Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit,” a riveting new miniseries about an orphan (Anya Taylor-Joy) who conquers the gaming world with relentless ambition and a steady supply of little green pills. Director Scott Frank breaks up the board action with long tracking shots and a toe-tapping soundtrack that makes you feel like you’re watching a new installment of “Ocean’s 11.” Check out the trailer here. Scroll down for more chess-themed viewing options.

“Gambit” joins a roster of other chess movies and specials that are worth streaming:

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The Cold War gets played out in a showdown between a Russian grandmaster and an American professor who can’t move a pawn without being drunk. Bill Pullman pulls out all the stops as the troubled teacher who reluctantly steps into the role of hero. It’s far from a classic, but it’s a kick to watch the “Independence Day” president pretend that he’s starring in a remake of “Barfly.” (Netflix)

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Quite simply, one of the most feel-good movies ever made. Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley and Laurence Fishburne are among the grown-ups who support a prodigy as he tries to balance childhood with championships. (Tubi)

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