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
[During the apartment scene when discussing the upcoming mission
Then we're all set except for the typhoid. Who's got it?