Kansas City 'Queen's Gambit' For Realz

Behind the NYT paywall is an inspirational story of a local lady chess player who has consistently beaten the odds but needs just a bit more help to go even further.

Here's the whole story on her Go Fund Me page . . .

Help sight impaired chess champion Jessica Lauser

Check more deets about her journey from the nation's paper of record . . .

She's a Chess Champion Who Can Barely See the Board

The Great Read Like the fictional Beth Harmon in "The Queen's Gambit," she's trying to find a way to get to Russia to compete. Unlike Beth, she's blind. Jessica Lauser, a three-time U.S. Blind Chess champion, in her Kansas City, Mo., apartment. Credit... Barrett Emke for The New York Times Have you heard this story before?