Everything you need to understand or teach The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis.
In The Queen's Gambit, Walter Tevis tells the story of Beth Hammond. After her mother dies, Beth is taken to an orphanage where she is sedated with tranquilizers on a daily basis. One day, the janitor teaches her how to play chess, and she realizes she has an innate talent for the game. As she rises in the ranks of the chess world, ultimately travelling to Russia to play against the ultimate grandmasters, she struggles against addiction and her own insecurities. The novel explores isolation, sexism, power, addiction, and oppression.