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Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

Updated: Jan 18, 2019

Viewing Nov '18 ///

If there’s anything special about this film it is Hollywood’s ability to find new cold war narratives, and here we are again, this time Tobey Maguire plays chess against the Russians. Based on the true story of Bobby Fischer I can’t help but think that Pawn Sacrifice zeroes in on his story about 10 years too early, and the real drama of his Fischer’s life followed the 1970 World Championships. For me, the mystery behind the later part of his life, his conflicts with the US government, and his return to chess, remain a stronger narrative fuelled with drama.

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