In some cases, when Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) studies in his little chessboard, the board is placed with a black corner to the right. This is wrong, a very basic info is that when a serious game starts, it has to be with a white corner to the right of each player. This is distinctly defined in the rules of the game. See more »
Referencing the 1966 Piatigorsky Cup in Santa Monica. Fischer is depicted playing and beating a Soviet player named Ivanovitch in the first round, after showing up late and almost forfeiting the game. This is all fiction. Fischer played fellow American Sammy Reshevsky in the first round; the game ended a draw. There was no Soviet Player named Ivanovitch, and no player, Soviet or otherwise, withdrew from the tournament claiming illness. 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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