EICC 2012

European Individual Chess Championship 2012

11 movies and documentaries for chess lovers

Ajedrez Peli

16 pieces per player and a Board of 64 squares. That is all that is needed to play chess, one of the most historical board games and that even it is considered a sport. Whether you’re an expert and if you’re a simple novice, then we offer you a collection of HD movies and documentaries on xmovies8 related to this chess scene. From stories of great chess players, to chess players that developed their skills through the cold war. Movie 2k really offers all of the great chess movies that you can watch series online for free. Also enjoy timeless classics of how chess clubs helped schools in slum areas to offer hope to its students. 

Brooklyn Castle (documentary, 2012)

“Imagine a school where most popular children belong… to the chess team”. Fiction? No: it is real a small Institute of Brooklyn history. Most of its students live under the poverty line and chess is for them an escape route. During the last years national champions were proclaimed again and again, and in fact, this Institute is right won championships throughout its history.

The documentary focuses on the history of five of his students a year, showing not only how your school chess program has been hampered by numerous budget cuts, but also own difficulties and personal challenges that these guys have to overcome every day. It was very welcome among criticism after being screened at various festivals, which has served it so Sony should be set in the story and it acquired the rights to make a film.

Bobby Fischer Against the World (documentary, 2011)

Another documentary, although in this case on one of the players most popular history that not only features interviews of many of his colleagues, but it also shows for the first time material never before seen in the World Chess Championship in 1972, which was decided with what was then known as theGame of the century between Fischer and his Russian nemesis Boris Spassky. “One of the most beautiful films ever shot on the chess“, says Federico Marín Bellón.

Pawn Sacrifice (film, 2015)

If you stay with the desire to know more about Bobby Fischer and its history, the film ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ focuses precisely on his life and how, unwittingly, was trapped in the cold war between the two great superpowers of the time. Tobey Maguire gives life to the protagonist, while Liev Schreiber has been chosen to play Boris Spassky. Although he was in some festivals in 2014, it is not intended that debuts in the United States until September of this year. In Spain we are still waiting…

Searching for Bobby Fischer (film, 1993)

Although it bears the name of Bobby Fischer in the title, has nothing to do with the famous chess player (indeed, reportedly that it complained that he used his name without permission). Instead, ‘in search of Bobby Fischer’ tells the story of Joshua Waitzkin, a child prodigy that existed (and there is) in reality. His father wrote a book about the chess world, which is that the film is based. And Darling because, if you’re a fan of this discipline, you’ll find some cameo’s popular masters along the tape.

Your argument? Basically the life of Waitzkin when his family discovered that he had a gift for chess and they hire a teacher to teach you to take advantage of their abilities to become the next world champion. Throughout the game are various items that have been analyzed retrospectively by other players. However, some criticize various important bugs that it has and that may go unnoticed to the untrained eye.

Computer Chess (film, 2013)

A strange comedy, shot in black and white to give more authenticity (no, is not a documentary but you want to look like it). It is set in the ‘ 80s, when players began to play against some computers. Its director confesses in an interview that only had a script of the eight-page draft and that most of the dialogue is improvised, so that you can imagine improvisation that is present at all times in the final result.

As a result, and also of a specific theme, the reviews have been quite disparate: some criticize it and much while other consider that it is one of the best comedies of recent times. It is likely that you like if you’re a big fan of chess or computers (preferably to both), but if it cannot be quite heavy and boring.

The Dark Horse (film, 2014)

Project with origin in New Zealand as it swept away all the national awards (and any that took another international) in 2014. History, even though it is told in the form of film, is inspired by the life and work of Genesis Potini, a popular chess player with bipolar disorder who was trying to teach the young underprivileged community to play chess to prevent them from becoming criminals.

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (documentary, 2003)

For those who do not understand they much chess, there is a moment of the last few years with which we are very familiar: “combat” between Kasparov and Deep Blue. In 1996, this machine designed by IBM was faced for the first time against Garry Kasparov, one of the best players in history. He won any game, although Kasparov emerged victorious in the series. Things changed in 1997, with Deep Blue crowned as the first machine that won a World Chess Champion.

However, Kasparov was not at all happy with the result and came to insinuate that the movements of Deep Blue had a touch of creativity, something impossible for a machine with artificial intelligence and that only could be explained with the intervention of a human. The HBO documentary becomes echo these accusations and discusses the controversy that IBM people emerged then, with interviews with the own Kasparov, and other experts.

Long Live the Queen (child film, 1995)

An Oscar will not win because it doesn’t nothing otherworldly, but this Dutch film of 1995 may be agood way to start in chess to children of the House. It tells the story of a girl with a big imagination who misses his father, a chess champion who has just seen. Decides to learn how to play but does so in a peculiar way: through a story and parts enchanted with them that they can talk.

Geri completo Game (short, 1997)

It was not the first Pixar short (that position is it ‘Luxo Jr.’, 1986), but yes it’s one of the most popular short films of the history of the animation Studio. However, if that it pioneered in something: was the first time that Pixar showed a human being in a short.

‘Geri completo Game’ is an old man playing against himself in a game of chess that develops in a park. It was shown in some cinemas in 1997, although its success came in 1998 after being included on the VHS and the DVD of ‘Bugs’. So much so was its impact that the short film took the Oscar for best animated short, among other many international accolades.

Chess Fever (film, 1925)

A silent and black and white film recorded in the Russia of the year 1925 which is defined as “a story of love, obsession… and chess!”. Although the style you do not call too much, you will look pretty curious because they use some real footage during the annual tournament that year. José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban chess player, gives life to the protagonist, while also leave themselves to see, among others, Frank Marshall, Rudolf Spielmann, Carlos Torre and Frederick Yates.

The diagonal of the madman (film, 1984)

Coproduction Franco-Swiss, which in 1984 was nominated for several international awards, including the Oscar for best film from non-English speaking and Golden Globe to best foreign Full HD Movies, but did not take any of the awards. The story takes place in 1983, during the celebration of a prestigious Chess Championship that also staged the political tensions that existed at that time. In fact, and although the title distracted, are facing a new mistranslation in his arrival in Spain (‘La Diagonale du Fou’, in the original French, it should be ‘The diagonal of the Bishop’ in Castilian, but “fou” also means “crazy”).

Although it is a fictional film, it has several Parallels with some events on chess that occurred in reality, as it explains the criticism of Beatlespock in Film affinity:

The film makes numerous allusions to actual chess events: the Match of the century between Spassky and Fischer in 1972 in Reykyavik and 1978 between Anatoli Karpov and Viktor Kortchnoi World Championship of chess. Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt) is a kind of mixture of the great Bobby Fischer and Korchnoi, a Swiss born Russian; and Liebskind (Michel Piccoli) and his cohort of teachers represents probably the purest Soviet faction that manipulates at will its most capable citizens for Communist supremacy. Recall the role of Karpov against Kasparov in his unforgettable duels of the 80s, stagnation against perestroika. (Beatlespock criticism at Filmaffinity).