Fischer biopic, “PAWN SACRIFICE”

Bobby Fischer

As I walked into a local theater to watch “Ex Machina,” a preview of a chess movie was being played. It immediately brought a smile to my face and looked very promising. As I watched the Fischer character (Tobey McGuire) in a fitful rage, I imagined that this movie would certainly be what many American audiences would crave… drama with a plot of twists and turns.

Along with all the recent literature written on Bobby Fischer before and after his death, a movie chronicling his life and the famed 1972 World Chess Championship is coming to selected American theaters on September 18, 2015. The film held its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2014 with critical acclaim.

Coming September 18th!!

The story leads the audience through the enigma of Robert James Fischer as a child prodigy to his rise as a dominating force in international chess. Of course, his ascendancy to the World Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland was filled with twists and turns highlighted in numerous books including “Bobby Fischer Goes to War” among others.

The film appears as if it will be a thriller, but perhaps it will end up focusing on the more sordid episodes of Fischer’s life after his abdication of the crown in 1975 and subsequent vituperative political views. Fischer passed away in January 2008 in Reykjavik, Iceland and is buried there in a simple grave.

It appears that the Fischer intrigue will never die and no other world champion has (or perhaps ever will) capture the attention of the public the way Fischer has. The movie is based on a true story, but will no doubt be adapted for entertainment purposes. “Pawn Sacrifice” emerges during recent anticipation that America may soon have a chance at reclaiming the world crown… perhaps in Scandinavia… once again.

Official Site: https://www.bleeckerstreetmedia.com/#!pawn-sacrifice/c11le

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

7 Comments

  1. oooh nice, cant wait to see this one about my main man trickie fisher!hahaha, ya know that guy hadda lotta tricks and play alotta funny moves! UM just chillin at the Frank E. Merriweather Library checkin yall out around the chesswurld , how errbodie doing?

  2. I began following the career of Fischer in 1968 only months after I learned the moves of the chessmen. I collected several articles and books regarding his career and became a USCF member in 1971 as Fischer was continuing his road to the World Championship. I am looking forward to this film since Fischer inspired me to become a Chess Player. In closing I would like to wish Daaim a Happy Birthday as he continues to provide this Great Service for all of the Chess Enthusiasts throughout the world.

  3. it is because of Fischer that i started playing chess in 1972 and later became International women master…played in olympics…watched many chess legends but none like Fischer…rohini khadilkar

  4. Chessdrummas UM askin a Funnie Question in Buffalo N.Y. and i cant seem to get an answer outta the players of african descent here so UM askin u, now that Fisher has passed , WHOS THE GENIUS NOW IN THE U.S. ? UM JUST CURIOUS? Adia?

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