Pawn SacrificeDVD - 2016
"Overall, the movie presents a worthy and historical look at the link between genius and mental illness."--Washington Post.
"Edward Zwick's 'Pawn Sacrifice' is an enthralling piece of mainstream entertainment that captures the essence of Fischer's mad genius ..."--Richard Roeper.
In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. It chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.
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You see, the Russians are like boa constrictors. If you do nothing, they strangle you to death. But if you confuse them, you attack them from everywhere, then all they can do
is react. Now here, you see, I got my machine gun lined up, bearing down on the king. Now he tries to defend himself. I sacrifice my rook. And now the real attack begins. ... Check. Check. Take. ... No, this tournament, like all tournaments, is about winning. So... Okay, well. Rook takes bishop. Of course. Now, he thinks he's safe, but I've been developing a plot to kill his king. You see, my rook is sitting there waiting, forgotten about in the background. I bring him into the hunt. Now the king flees. Even his beloved queen can't do anything. She's just sitting there, watching... Mmm-hmm. ...as the noose tightens. And finally... He sees the end.
So, this game...It's a rabbit hole. After only four moves, there's more than 300 billion options to consider. There's more 40-move games than there are stars in the galaxy. So, it can take you very close to the edge.
The chess you've been playing is really inspired. It's almost all theory and memorization. People think there are all these options, but there's usually one right move. Of course, in the end, there's no place to go.
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