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Endgame (2011– )

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Endgame is an original drama series centering on brilliant chess master, Arkady Balagan. Traumatized by the murder of his fiancée, Balagan has become a prisoner in his luxury Vancouver ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
 Arkady Balagan (13 episodes, 2011)
 Hugo Lum (13 episodes, 2011)
 Danni (13 episodes, 2011)
 Alcina Albeniz (13 episodes, 2011)
 Pippa Venturi (13 episodes, 2011)
 Rosemary Venturi (13 episodes, 2011)
 Sam Besht (13 episodes, 2011)
 Barbara Stillwell (11 episodes, 2011)
 Gurjit Bhatti (7 episodes, 2011)
 Det. Jason Evans (6 episodes, 2011)


Endgame is an original drama series centering on brilliant chess master, Arkady Balagan. Traumatized by the murder of his fiancée, Balagan has become a prisoner in his luxury Vancouver hotel, terrified to step outside. To pay his bill, Balagan starts solving mysteries - using an unlikely band of hotel employees and chess fanatics to do his legwork. Arrogant, brilliant and charismatic, the Russian-born Balagan uses the skills that made him chess champion of the world to solve the crimes that mystify others. He imagines events, interviews the living and the dead, and runs conflicting scenarios - all in his head. And we get to watch right along with him as he solves crimes that baffle the police. In Endgame, we see genius at work. Written by Avrum Jacobson

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Crime | Drama



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Release Date:

14 March 2011 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Jaque mate  »

Box Office


CAD 4,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Main character Arkady Balagan mocks Patrick Gallagher, the hotel detective of the Vancouver hotel where the film is set, over his former career as a homicide detective. Hugo Lum, the actor who portrays Gallagher, portrayed a police officer in many episodes of another series set in Vancouver -- Da Vinci's inquest. In the follow-on series Da Vinci's City Hall, he becomes a homicide detective. See more »


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Great start for the new show
21 March 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When I first so a commercial for this show I thought it looked like an interesting idea. Definitely worth checking out. But I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. The first episode was great and had some good performances. My favourite would obviously be the main character Arkady Balagan played by Shawn Doyle. He was funny and entertaining, but at the same time seemed pretty serious. Katharine Isabelle as Danni was something I looked forward too after hearing she was in the show, and like always I wasn't disappointed. The last notable was Brendan Fletcher as Merritt Singer, even though it was only one episode he was in and not the main cast, he still was entertaining to watch. The story itself although simple and basic had a small guessing games too it, and the way that Arkady solved the crime was humorous and creative. After the first episode I'm anticipating watching the next. Especially can't wait to find out Arkady's back story.

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