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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Bobby Fischer
Anthony Saidy
Larry Benson.
Directors
Liz Garbus.
Screenwriters
Running Time
92 minutes

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Bobby Fischer Against the World
Knight to king four!


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Plot
The first documentary to explore the dramatic life of the late chess champion, Bobby Fischer.


Review
Bobby Fischer Against the World
Brilliance was a prison for Bobby Fischer, the American Grand Master whose genius at chess appeared linked with mental instability. In 2008, he died alone in Iceland. In 1972, he had the globe in thrall, facing Russian World Champion Boris Spassky in a battle that would prove to be a major propaganda win in the Cold War. Documentarian Liz Garbus expertly conveys Fischer’s stature, stress and the art of chess, splicing friends’ recollections with interviews from the man at the time. She also doesn’t shy away from his ugly years as a self-hating Jew, spouting racist rage in exile. A moving look at a figure who could beat everyone but himself: “I don’t believe in psychology; I believe in good moves.”


Verdict
A compelling look at the tragic and bizarre life of an enigmatic champion.


Reviewed by Nev Pierce

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