Goren finds himself matching wits with a paranoid chess master suspected of murdering a young woman in town to visit her fiancée.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Deakins
Ron Carver
David Blake / Roger Withers
Sonny Brightbill
Leslie Ayvazian ...
Ruth Stockton
Jeremy Stockton
Michelle Federer ...
Allison Jenkins
Kathryn Grody ...
Lenore Wycliff
Brad Wycliff
Jared Wycliff (as Grant James Varjas)
Mrs. Miller
Santanu Singh


Goren finds himself matching wits with a paranoid chess master suspected of murdering a young woman in town to visit her fiancée.

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9 January 2005 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Carradine's character is inspired in the chess-master Bobby Fischer. Considered the best player in the world during the 60's and 70's years, he played and won the match of the century against his Russian rival, Boris Spassky, in Iceland's capital Reikiavik in 1972. Lately he turned insane and missed from the eye public, dying finally in 2008. See more »


Detective Alexandra Eames: From chess prodigy to paranoid prodigy. That's why I stuck with checkers.
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paranoid chess master
13 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

It's hard to follow the topic in this fuzzy episode. A young, innocent lady on a trip from Milwakee to meet her soon to be in-laws is murdered and nothing in the family could link to the perpetrator (except at first the estranged bug-killer brother in law). It takes time to Goren and Eames to figure out. Some evidence lead them to a disturbed middle- aged man (Robert Carradine, he likes to play nerd-like characters), a fugitive because his endless passion for chess drove him crazy and lead him to break the law just to play a chess re-match against a soviet rival.

I feel pity for his supportive sister, unable to give him the last hug, when he broke into pieces the Rubik's-like cube made by him decades before.

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