In 1953, Bobby Fischer played his first chess tournament at the age of ten at the Brooklyn Chess Club Championship. He came in fifth place. See more »
At the beginning of Game 6 vs. Spassky, someone comments that Fisher abandons his typical "Sicilian Defence". Fisher is playing with the white pieces. A Sicilian Defence can only be initiated by the player playing with the black pieces, by answering to 1. "King's Pawn in E4" with 1. "Bishop's Pawn in C5". See more »
One of the surprise movies of the year that deserves a bigger audience than it will get. I really enjoyed this & recommend it
"Bobby won't crack, he will explode." Ever since he was a young boy Bobby Fischer (Maguire) has been obsessed with chess. His dream of becoming the youngest world champion ever has been crushed by the Russian's way of playing and he slowly starts to lose his mind. Wanting to prove to everyone, and himself that is is the best in the world he sets up a series of matches with Boris Spassky (Schreiber), the best player in the world. As the match draws closer Fischer begins to descend further into madness and it starts to affect his ability to play. I knew very little about the real story of Bobby Fischer before watching this so most of this was new to me. For a movie about chess I have to say the movie was actually pretty exciting to watch, and Maguire really surprised me with his acting. I'm not sure how historically accurate this is but watching it the tenseness was there and you really felt uncomfortable for and with Bobby. One of the surprise movies of the year that deserves a bigger audience than it will get. I really enjoyed this and recommend it. Overall, great acting and great drama. More movies like this should be made. I give it an A-.
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