I started playing chess @ around age 14-15. And I kept playing more and more through my college years, and it became part of an art apprentissage
of the brain (learning strategy, moves, memory). My best friend from the seventies was a champ and participating in tournaments. I have tons of stories about chess, amazing stories. For another time perhaps. I'm not a great player, I just love the game. It's another world, a quiet one. It goes perfectly fine with the arts.
Anyway, couple nights ago I watched Pawn Sacrifice
"It is based on the true story of Bobby Fischer's challenge against top Soviet chess grandmasters during the Cold War and culminating in the 1972 World Chess Championship match versus Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland. It was directed by Edward Zwick and written by Steven Knight. The film stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer, Liev Schreiber as Boris Spassky, Lily Rabe as Joan Fischer, and Peter Sarsgaard as William Lombardy."
It drew me back in my past, in peaceful/concentrated memories. ...In coffee houses where sometimes music was playing live, in hotel halls where my friend was ranked high enough to compete in major tournaments. It's a good film, in particular if you like the game and you played it for many years. But it's quiet; it's not like Deadpool or 13 Hours.
If you like chess you will like this film.
For people who don't know Bobby Fisher; he is considered the greatest chess grandmaster who ever existed by many other chess masters and grandmasters.
Chess is about strategy, memorization, nerves, brain, coolness, ...all the things to destroy your opponent's king...and your opponent's orientation.
Bobby Fisher was a master @ that art. He melted his opponents in ways that they believed that they had very bad headaches and that they needed to see a doctor!
If you like chess you know some already. And if you don't know much about chess and about Fisher's life: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Fischer
Last night I have been checking chess moves. No movies, just chess moves, and this morning too. That's how addicting this movie was; it plunged me back where once I was, with the timing clock, speed games, best games reading, all that chess jazz. Movies do that to us sometimes, certainly to me.
I've seen people consumed by chess, but no one like Bobby Fisher. He had zero fear in the game; it's others who feared him.
I've seen in real life mature adults in their forties, fifties, sixties cried like babies after being defeated by kids less than ten-years old!
I've seen grown-up adults walking like zombies totally lost in 'surreality' after losing a chess game. If you are a chess player, or was one, like enough to have been @ it intensively, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you have participated or assisted to some major chess tournaments, you have seen a world of deep internal concentration. ...And the results of what's come with it for some...more or less.
I love golf, I love jazz, I love opera, I love cinema, I love chess.
That second video just above is game number six (1972 tournament), and represented with special emphasis in the film Pawn Sacrifice.
It was the pivotal point of that tournament.
The first video is also an incredible game when Fisher was only 13.
In audio (music) we often say it's not the destination, it's the journey. In chess Bobby Fisher was and still is the best (even after he died in January 2008). His chess revolution keeps evolving today.
@ the end was he crazy or paranoid or something else mentally describable? Well, he was not your typical corner street guy. A genius he certainly was.
Let's put it this way; he put chess on the world map like no one else ever, before, during, and after him...to this day.