Not even close. Beth was invited to a tournament to play some top ranked guys. It seemed to be a single elimination event, but I'm not sure. She did not play anyone more than once though.
Being the world champion is much more involved. In the novel it stated that; " In two years she could be playing Borgov for the World Championship. She had to qualify first by winning the candidates match, but she could win it. A neutral place would be chosen, and she would meet Borgov, head to head, for a twenty-four-game match. She would be twenty-one then." 24 games, not just one, against the current champion. That was back in the 1960's though.
This link says there is a 12 game match. https://chess.stackexchange.com/questions/16871/how-do-i-become-chess-world-champion Link to the handbook. https://handbook.fide.com/
The book made it clear she was a tournament champ, not the world champ.
I know little about chess, I looked this up on the internet.
So in the series Beth travels a lot in the US but also in Mexico, France and Russia, where she wins against grandmaster and world champion, Vasily Borgov when she's 20 years old.
And you tell me it's not even close? Come on, man. What they planned in the end of your book... they wrote it and executed it in the series. It seems like you didn't even watch it.
And what's with the pasting of chess tournament rules? Do you think the story absolutely has to be "real life accurate"? Beth Harmon never even existed. Everything about it is fictional.
And don't tell me that you expected the series to be exactly like the book. Everyone knows that adaptations are almost never faithful to the original work. At best they take many shortcuts as it surely was the case here.
When I said "not even close", I meant that the Moscow invitational tournament she played in was not even close to what is required to be world champion. I posted the chess rules to show that a simple tournament as shown in the series and book does not make one a world champion. The book talks about this a bit.
What they showed in the series was very close to the book ending. In fact this show adhered to the source material much better than nearly anything else I've watched. I enjoyed watching this series more than anything else I've seen on TV.
Thanks for these precisions on what you meant.
Yes, it really was a great series. Tell me. In your opinion... would reading the book, after watching the series, bring enough novelty/enjoyment ?
Yes, I did not finish the book until after I watched the TV series. The book gives more of Beth's inner thoughts.
The series is nicer in that it gives Belter, Townes, Mike and Matt much more of a presence than they had in the book.
Edited to add; Yes, Beltik is the name in the book and the series.
You probably meant Beltik (Harry Beltik, in the series.. maybe they changed the name though). The book is shorter than what I expected ! So it makes sense that the author didn't really go in depth with them. It should still make an interesting read. Thanks.