“Pawn Sacrifice”, directed by Edward Zwick

Movie, 2014

Account of Billy Fischer’s world championship chess match against Boris Spassky in Reykjavik and how he got there. An entertaining, thoughtful film which tries to cover maybe a few too many bases. In part, biography, in part Cold War intrigue, in part history, in part sports movie. In the end, it all feels a little breathless, particularly as the wobbly mental health and paranoia-stricken Fischer after Reykjavik is arguably a more fertile field to furrow; here, it’s given short shrift, with a few flashes of real life footage. Still, fans of the period and of Bobby Fischer will enjoy the film. It’s got a good pace and there’s enough in the madness of Fischer that’s human to help us connect; just.

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