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Chess Fever (1925)

Shakhmatnaya goryachka (original title)
With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game. His fiancée has no interest in it, and becomes frustrated and depressed by his ... See full summary »
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Complete credited cast:
José Raúl Capablanca José Raúl Capablanca ... The World Champion
Vladimir Fogel ... The Hero
Anna Zemtsova Anna Zemtsova ... The Heroine
Natalya Glan Natalya Glan
Zakhar Darevsky Zakhar Darevsky
Mikhail Zharov ... House Painter
Anatoli Ktorov ... Tram Passenger
Yakov Protazanov ... Chemist
Yuli Raizman Yuli Raizman ... Chemist's Assistant
Ivan Koval-Samborsky ... Policeman
Konstantin Eggert
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernst Grunfeld Ernst Grunfeld ... Self
Fyodor Ivanov ... (as F. Ivanov)
Sergey Komarov ... Grandfather
Frank Marshall Frank Marshall ... Self
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With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game. His fiancée has no interest in it, and becomes frustrated and depressed by his neglect of her, but wherever she goes she finds that she cannot escape chess. On the brink of giving up, she meets the world champion, Capablanca himself, with interesting results. Written by Snow Leopard

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Besides José Raúl Capablanca's appearance, the tournament scenes include brief footage of actual games being played in the Moscow 1925 international tournament. Some of the leading chess masters of the era, including Richard Reti, Rudolph Spielmann, Ernst Grunfeld, Frank Marshall, Carlos Torre and F.D. Yates are shown playing their games. See more »

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Good Fun, Especially If You Like Chess
21 May 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is very funny and quite creative, and it's particularly enjoyable if you like to play chess. You'd never expect something this genuinely amusing from a Soviet-era film. The movie makes very good use of a simple plot idea, with a young man's "Chess Fever" causing problems for him and his fiancée, setting up a pretty good variety of gags that work quite well. If you are a chess fan, it is also fun to see the great Capablanca making a film appearance, plus shorter appearances by several other well-known players of the era. It's all good entertainment, and a movie well worth seeing.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Release Date:

21 December 1925 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Mezhrabpom-Rus See more »
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1.33 : 1
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