The X-Files (1993–2018)
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A government assassin is caught trying to kill child chess prodigy Gibson Praise during an international chess tournament. Mulder's old flame Agent Diana Fowley arrives to help on the case but Scully is suspicious of her.


R.W. Goodwin


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Mimi Rogers ... Agent Diana Fowley
Jeff Gulka ... Gibson Andrew Praise
Martin Ferrero ... Shooter
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Black-Haired Man
Chris Owens ... FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender
George Murdock ... 2nd Elder
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Don S. Williams ... 1st Elder


Agent Jeffrey Spender is put in charge of a case of an international chess master who was felled by an assassin's bullet during a tournament. Mulder believes that the target was actually the man's opponent, a 12 year-old chess prodigy by the name of Gibson Andrew Praise. Mulder soon realizes that the boy's skill isn't so much at chess as it is to read the thoughts of others. The boy is under protective custody but the conspirators have brought in someone whose sole task is to get his hands on the boy: the Cigarette Smoking Man. Testing shows that Gibson uses part of his brain that doctors know little about. For Scully, it may be the link they need to firmly establish the alien conspiracy theory. Mulder's pursuit of the case comes at a very high cost however. Written by garykmcd

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17 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The television shows that Gibson is seen watching (The Simpson's, King of the Hill) aired on the FOX Network along with The X-Files. He makes several remarks about how good the shows are and how he wishes he could watch them at home. When Mulder mentions Baywatch to the boy, he voices his dislike for the show... which was broadcast on NBC, a FOX competitor. See more »


The mountains identified as the Laurentian mountains in Québec were the pointy Rockies of BC. See more »


Gibson Andrew Praise: I don't mind it here. They get all the good TV shows. Where I live in the Philippines all we get is Baywatch.
Fox Mulder: What's wrong with Baywatch?
Gibson Andrew Praise: ...You've got a dirty mind.
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Worst continuity issues ever......
4 July 2008 | by Penaltyb0x414See all my reviews

While the episode is great filled with awesome performances and a great way to end the season, I can't get past the opening of the chess board and game. The overhead beginning view of the game shows no rook checking the king, but the Russian's move is for the king to take the rook next to it. Then the American boy is shown to move another rook to check the king again, but he has a 3rd rook next to his king. Then when the Russian moves his king again to move out of check his queen which was blocked by a pawn and a queen moves in and checkmates the Russian's king. Now I know that details get overlooked in between takes, but I would think that an important set up of this chess match and subsequent moves should have been much more closely watched and pieces should have been reset corresponding to each take. It really bothers me, and it shouldn't, I just find the lack of attention to details annoying. Bash me if you want, but it ruined the episode for me and dropped it from great to good.

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