Chess in the cinema and television

  • Chess Fever (Shakhmatnaya Goryachka, 1925) is a short silent film in which the obsession with chess leading causes of serious problems. The most notable of the film may be the emergence of the then world champion Jose Raul Capablanca, and other great masters of the time.
    Chess Players (Shatranj ke khilari, 1977) is a drama set in India in 1856, tells the story of a chess game between two high-class men in the middle of the first anti-colonial uprising in India against the British Empire.
    Another film that has as main theme chess is Searching for Bobby Fischer (Searching for Bobby Fischer, 1993). Chronicles the early childhood chess International Master Josh Waitzkin U.S., and is based on the eponymous book written by his father, Fred Waitzkin. It tells the story of Josh Waitzkin is seen as the successor to Bobby Fischer, and how it led to this by his coach (Bruce Pandolfini), while players learn street aggressive and tactical style, refusing to see Fischer as a example.

Other films that present chess are:

  • Defence Luzhin (The Luzhin Defence, UK, 2000), a Russian grandmaster at chess which has absorbed so that when you are about to win the game of life is love and death.
  • Long live the Queen (Lang leve de Koningin, Dutch, 1995), a fairy tale based on chess, in which a girl learns to play talking with the parts.
  • The perfect play (La partie d'échecs, 1994) shows a vile and treacherous Howard Staunton was defeated by a monstrous young genius.
  • In the Dadaist film Entr'acte (Entr'acte), 1924, directed by René Clair and Francis Picabia, you can see Marcel Duchamp (virtuoso player) and Man Ray playing chess animatedly on the roof of a building in Paris. Along comes the image of a street full of cars in the middle of the board, what the players are surprised to see the fall after a jet of water onto the board.
  • Casablanca, where Humphrey Bogart appears playing against himself (with white and black) while sitting in the light (side) of the weak (in black).
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, where he made a game with magical pieces of large size. In another scene, Harry and Ron play chess magic in the Gryffindor common room under the watchful eyes of Hermione. Then they will be typical of games between them in other parts of the saga, as in The Order of the Phoenix.
  • Check the murderer (Knight Moves, 1993). Christopher Lambert, in the course of a world championship, to play against a murderer to prevent further deaths and stop being suspected of having committed.
  • The Seventh Seal, shot in 1956 by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, considered one of the masterpieces of cinema. In it, a knight challenges Death to a game of chess, while seeking answers to key questions of life.
  • The Flanders Panel, based on the novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte, whose argument is based on the inscription hidden in a box in which two people play chess.
  • Arcibel the game where the protagonist is a chess game and thanks to the distinctive features of his personality manages to live fully in jail.
  • X-Men, where Magneto, played by Sir Ian McKellen, is imprisoned in glass, including also a chessboard with chess pieces of glass.
  • X-Men: The Last Stand, in this film, finally, also appears Magneto trying to play a game of chess in the park, culminating with making a slight movement in the piece you see.
  • Blade Runner, Tyrell and JF Sebastian remain one game away for months.
  • Death Note: The Last Name Yagami Light enters the headquarters of research, where L is playing chess against himself.
  • Code Geass, the protagonist, Lelouch Lamperouge playing chess clandestine betting money of the student council and always winning their games without any problems. Then apply the principles of chess in its strategies in the field, organizing and leading first to the rebels in Shinjuku, before Zero, and then the Order of the Black Knights, which is a leader.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey, Frank Poole (one of the crew of Discovery) plays a game against the supercomputer "HAL 9000".
  • From Russia with Love begins with two players contesting a position inspired by a game between Boris Spassky and David Bronstein, 1960.
  • Maximum Shame set in a dystopian universe where reality is organized as a cruel game of chess, where every subject of the Queen should take the role of a different piece.

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