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In 1972, America was chess-obsessed. The Soviet Union used chess to demonstrate its intellectual superiority to the West, but along came a young, lone American, who demolished the Russian masters of the sport. At the height of his career, Bobby Fischer was better known than any other man in the world. Relentless press attention, political pressure and a monomaniacal focus on chess ultimately led to his undoing.
Filmmaker Liz Garbus uses the narrative tension of the 1972 match between Fischer and the defending World Champion, the Russian Boris Spassky, to explore not only the politically charged period of the early 1970s but also the nature of genius, madness and the game of chess itself.
I'd heard mixed reviews about this, and that's about where I'd leave it. There's lots of good history to be seen here that you might not have seen elsewhere, so if you're a chess... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Randy Given
Great documentary, very powerful. I found the interviews with Anthony Saidy , Larry Evans and Russell targ particularly interesting and insightful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pablo Tercero
Bobby Fischer was taken advantage of financially as a young man. Then he quickly figured out the reality of the world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Buster Crabbe
“Bobby Fischer Against The World” (2010 release; 93 min.) brings the story of wunderkind and chess champ Bobby Fischer, from his early days as a kid in Brooklyn to becoming the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul Allaer
Interesting Documentary. If you're interested in Bobby Fisher, you'll like it.Published 4 months ago by David A Young
Good stuff. Provides interesting insight to one of the world's most famous (or infamous) chess playersPublished 7 months ago by Matthew