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.
Did You Know?
The tape scene where Jim Phelps receives his taped instructions is re-used from the episode "Trek" broadcast earlier this same season. The scene takes place in a telephone booth, and to obtain the photograph accompanying the tape recording, Phelps (Peter Graves) unlocks the coin box to remove a small, folded envelope containing the photo of their opponent. The photo that Phelps supposedly looks at is much larger than the small envelope he removes from the coin box but has no visible creases. (The contents of the envelope in the earlier episode was a small folded news article.) 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 ...