“This game… it’s a rabbit hole.” Those were the opening words of the first official trailer released for the Upcoming movie ‘’Pawn Sacrifice’’. Directed by Academy Award-winner Edward Zwick and written by Steven Knight, “Pawn Sacrifice” features actor Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer and actor Liev Schreiber as Boris Spassky. Producing a film about the chess genius Bobby Fischer’s1972 world championship victory over defending Soviet champ Boris Spassky was originally the idea of actor Tobey Maguire. The tale of the eccentric chess champion Bobby Fischer has fascinated Tobey Maguire for years. The idea took a serendipitous turn when he mentioned it to the screenwriter Steven Knight. Steve Knight immediately recalled his time as a teenager in Birmingham, England, sitting glued to a black-and-white television for news on the world championship 1972. “I remembered being shocked that the first item on the BBC evening news was about chess and this idea that the Cold War was suddenly being fought by two men on opposite sides of a table’’, Mr. Knight said.
Story – In a mesmerizing true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess genius Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself trapped between two world superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire in 1972. Bobby Fischer faced the Soviet Grandmaster Boris Spassky in the greatest chess match ever played. On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his inner madness. PAWN SACRIFICE presents 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.
“Pawn Sacrifice” also reveals an unpredicted side of Fischer’s personality. During the 1960s he boycotted competitive chess for two years until changes were introduced to prevent unethical practices and to make sure players were paid fairly. He dared to say that the Soviets had been cheating because they would throw matches to create draws and generally rigged the system. In the movie he storms out of a world championship qualifying tournament because of perceived unfairness. He insisted on not just himself but all chess players being paid better because he thought they were being exploited, which was quite heroic and daring.
The chess set used at The World Chess Championship 1972 between Fischer and Spassky is known as Reykjavik chess set as the heated championship was organized in Reykjavik, Iceland. This match was called the ‘’Match of Century’’ and the historical win of Fischer has also made the Reykjavik chess sets a proud part of chess history.
The legend had an all time favorite chess set – 1950 Dubrovnik chess sets. In a radio interview Bobby Fischer stated, “This (1950 Dubrovnik chess set) is the best chess set I have ever played on, it is marvelous.” Interestingly there seemed to be some thief who loved this chess set even more than Bobby Fisher and Bobby Fishers original chess set was stolen. On Bobby Fisher’s special request a chess collector provided this chess set for the 1992 Fischer–Spassky rematch held at Sveti Stefan.
The movie is all set to hit the cinemas on 16th September, 2015 and will be released in USA. In India Chess maestro Viswanathan Anand hosted a special screening of “Pawn Sacrifice” and attempted to encourage the young professional chess players of India. It will be fascinating to see how the chess lovers in the world welcome the historical movie.
Enjoy watching the movie with the legend Bobby Fisher’s favorite 1950 Dubrovnik chess sets and the 1972 Reykjavik chess set. One can all also call the chess set now – The 1972 PAWN SACRIFICE chess set.