Sheldon Cooper Vs Beth Harmon: It’s the ultimate battle of wits!
There could not have been two shows more different from each than ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘The Queen’s Gambit’. The former is a sitcom, dabbling in low-brow, slapstick humour, about a bunch of very intelligent men navigating through love and life.’The Queen’s Gambit’ meanwhile is something of a thriller, sports show, and bildungsroman combined. But the two shows gave us compelling characters, geniuses to be precise, who have or are on their way to become iconic in their own right.
- Beth is a prodigy but has her own demons to fight
- Sheldon is an inept genius
We’re talking, of course, about ‘The Big Bang Theory‘s’ Sheldon Cooper and Beth Harmon from ‘The Queen’s Gambit‘. Sheldon has become such an iconic character, it has even led to the production of a spin-off of the show called ‘Young Sheldon‘, starring the character in the lead. As a successful and highly intelligent physicist who also happens to evoke laughter because of his social awkwardness and ineptitude, Sheldon Cooper has no match when it comes to genius.
On the other hand, Beth is a teenager and an outright chess prodigy. The kind of skills that she has acquired can’t be learned at a university and requires a certain kind of intelligence to master. Sheldon Cooper’s skills, even with his many degrees and years of experience, could fall short of the skills and talent that Beth has.
Or could it? In a ‘The Big Bang Theory’ vs ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ battle of wits, who would win — Sheldon Cooper or Beth Harmon? Let’s find out.
Beth is a prodigy but has her own demons to fight
Discovering an unusual knack for the game of chess, Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) works on her talent to play the game competitively and professional. She enters the world of chess, which is heavily male-dominated since the show is set in the 60s, with the quest to become the world’s greatest chess player.
The game of chess is not about being smart alone, and no degree in any university can help you play it well. It requires high analytical, calculative, and problem-solving abilities, which can’t be taught but can certainly be honed. Beth’s abilities are undoubtedly prodigious in this sense and give her an edge above Sheldon.
However, at the same time, Beth is also fighting her own demons emotionally. Struggling with drugs at such a young age and the prospect of being dependent on alcohol, which can affect the ability to think clearly and strategically, the orphaned Beth has quite the challenge ahead of her.
Sheldon is an inept genius
With an IQ of 187, Sheldon Cooper is quite the genius. He is a talented physicist, has written many acclaimed papers on his subject, and been involved in game-changing experiments to boot. But he is also woefully inept socially. Probably lying on the autism spectrum, Sheldon’s lack of social skills and his unawareness about other people’s feelings sometimes come in the way of him getting ahead. Often, it comes in the way of his personal life as well.
Even though Sheldon is so intelligent that he has even invented a version of 3D chess that can be played on an intricate multi-dimensional chessboard, his self-absorption and social ineptitude sometimes pulls him back. Besides this, Sheldon’s intelligence is very bookish in nature, which Beth’s is not. So if you take away his book-derived knowledge from him, he won’t even be able to survive. Beth, on the other hand, what with her experience living in the orphanage and her high analytical abilities, would thrive in the world.
So, as you can see, it’s actually very hard to pick one character! Do you think Sheldon is the smarter one, or is it Beth? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.