@mchill saidWalter Tevis died in 1984, when Anatoly Karpov was officially the world champion.
7 episodes that I know of, and yes, it has run its course. It's sad that Walter Tevis didn't live to see his book come to life. I think he would have liked it.
The inactive Bobby Fischer was still claiming to be the 'real' world champion.
In the film and television industries, imitation seems to be the highest form of art.
I think that the production of this miniseries was approved after Disney released the
2016 film, 'The Queen of Katwe', about a female black African 'chess prodigy', Phiona Mutesi.
Her chess achievements and potential were wildly embellished in the non-chess media.
Phiona Mutesi has proceeded to attend university in the USA (good for her!).
Today, at age 24, she's rated 1640 USCF.
Walter Tevis played chess, reportedly up to USCF Class C level (1400-1599).
He apparently lacked a good understanding of top level chess.
From what I can recall from his novel, much of it was ludicrously implausible.
(A teenage alcoholic and drug addict would not approach world championship level.)
But most Western reviewers know little or nothing about chess.
Walter Tevis appealed to the popular cultural trope of the deeply troubled chess genius.
He might well have believed that readers who did not play chess would be bored by the
less sensationalistic lives of real female chess prodigies such as Judit Polgar and Hou Yifan.
So Tevis decide to embroil his heroine with substance abuse and sexual complications.
I would point out that 'psychological disturbance' has been much more common
among the top male than top female chess players. Indeed, I cannot recall any
top female chess player who has shown major signs of psychological disturbance.
In my experience, women chess professionals are like other women with a specialist occupation.