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Closing Gambit: 1978 Korchnoi versus Karpov and the Kremlin (2018)

Fascinating story of the 1978 World Chess Championship between the Soviet Communist Party's protege, Anatoly Karpov and the traitor and Soviet defector, Viktor Korchnoi. One of those instances in life where truth is stranger than fiction.

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Alan Byron

Writer:

Alan Byron
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Credited cast:
Michael Adams Michael Adams ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Viswanathan Anand Viswanathan Anand ... Self
Stuart Conquest Stuart Conquest ... Self
Boris Gelfand ... Self
Vlastimil Hort Vlastimil Hort ... Self
Anatoli Karpov ... Self
Garry Kasparov ... Self
Raymond Keene ... Self
Viktor Korchnoi Viktor Korchnoi ... Self
Yannick Pelletier Yannick Pelletier
Yasser Seirawan Yasser Seirawan ... Self
Gennadi Sosonko Gennadi Sosonko ... Self
Michael Stean Michael Stean ... Self
Emil Sutovsky Emil Sutovsky ... Self
Jan Timman Jan Timman ... Self
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1978 - Anatoly Karpov is the World Chess Champion having won the crown back from Bobby Fischer without playing a match. A loyal member of the Communist Party and a personal friend of the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, Karpov is the epitome of the younger Soviet 'New Man'. Viktor Korchnoi is a survivor from the siege of Leningrad - cantankerous, free-spirited, and a harsh critic of the Soviet regime who claimed political asylum in Holland in 1976. Two years after his defection, Korchnoi is challenging Karpov for the crown in the 1978 World Championship in Baguio City, The Philippines. What happened during that summer in 1978 is one of the most incredible sporting stories that has never been fully told until now. Both men were bitter personal rivals: Karpov is a legendary sports personality of the Soviet Union with a chauffeur-driven Mercedes, Moscow apartment and country dacha; whereas Korchnoi is a traitor to Russia - airbrushed from Soviet history and known only as 'The Contestant'. ... Written by Pawn Pusher

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The whole Red Army is against me!

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Fantastic chess documentary
7 August 2020 | by frank-jakobsenSee all my reviews

Great movie. It tells a story about when chess was political. It makes me want to learn more about chess history. Fantastic movie, highly recommended.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2018 (UK) See more »

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Closing Gambit - sjakk og kald krig See more »

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Gibraltar See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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