Starting with the 1970 USSR v. Rest of the World tournament in which he beat former World Champion Tigran Petrosian, the master who had been defeated by Boris Spassky in 1969, Bobby began his march to the world championship. Through 1971, he had won 20 straight games in international tournament play, the second-longest win streak in the history of the game. Petrosian broke the streak but was in turn defeated by Fischer to win the right to challenge Spassky, a player he had never beaten, for the world title. See more »
In Game 1, the film gave the impression that Fischer lost a bishop for nothing and had to resign immediately. In reality, Fischer's pawn-grabbing with his bishop on the 29th move eventually led to his giving up the bishop for two pawns, which gave Spassky an advantage but it still took him much hard work and two sessions to win. The time limit was 40 moves in the first 2.5 hours, 56 in 3.5 hours, 72 in 4.5 hours, 88 in 5.5 hours, etc. for each player. Also, the game could be adjourned after the first 40 moves (maximum of five hours of play). Thus after 40 moves, Spassky sealed his next move and the game had to be continued the next day. Both teams spent anxious hours at night analyzing whether the game might still be saved for Fischer, and opinions were mixed. On the next day, Fischer played on till the end of the next time control and finally resigned at the end of move 56. See more »
I was bit skeptic on whether I should watch this movie or not.There has been so much of slamming of this movie.It did not even have a wide release.But thank God, I dared to watch.It is one of most intense movies of recent times.From the beginning,your eyes remain glued to the screen.The historic match between Spassky and Fisher has been depicted so vividly, that at times you forget that you are watching a movie.Tobey Maguire has been criticized a lot for his portrayal of the legendary chess player.But I found him too good.His acting was as intense as this movie.The frowning, the clenching, the swing of mood everything was made so much believable.Liev Shreiber, too has done a commendable job as Spassky.The cinematography is excellent.The close shots deserve to be mentioned in particular.Finally, a good film from a brilliant director like Zwick after a pause.Do not miss this movie.
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