The IMF's target is an international chess grandmaster who also is planning to steal gold seized from the opposition movement of an unnamed Soviet Bloc country. Rollin poses as an amateur chess player, helped by a computer Barney is running that is unbeatable at chess. The plan, devised by Phelps, also calls for a devious way of snatching the gold from both the chess player and the authorities. Written by
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The show portrayed grandmaster chess in an unrealistic manner. The top computers of that era couldn't beat a grandmaster. Phelps scored each player's piece move move as a separate numbered move; in real chess, one numbered move would consist of a piece move by each side. In grandmaster tournaments, one game is played a day, not the several games in the show. Many of the moves made by the players in the games were rank mistakes that a grandmaster would never make. Players never give checkmate in top level chess. Players resign before checkmate is given. See more
Person on Tape
[voice on tape
Good morning, Mr. Phelps. Two weeks ago, a million dollars in gold bullion, intended for the underground in one of the anti-Western satellites, was intercepted by that government's military police. Preparations are now being made to ship the gold behind the Iron Curtain. This loss to the resistance movement will set back for years any chance for liberty in that country. The man you are looking at is Nicholas Groat, whose reputation as a brilliant chess master has ...