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In India, a group of boys dream of becoming Chess Grandmasters. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. Opening at Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Los Angeles on October 17 and at the Quad Cinema in New York City on Oct 24, Algorithms is a documentary that transports us into the little known world of Blind Chess. Chess is an ancient and universal game with origins in India. Filmed over three years in different parts of India, Algorithms follows three boys and an adult champion who not only aspires to bring global recognition to India's blind chess players, but also wants to encourage all blind children to play chess. The filmmakers travel with the players to competitive tournaments, including the World Junior Blind Chess Championship. They also film them in their home milieu where they reveal their struggles, anxieties and hopes. Moving through the algorithms of the blind chess world, the film is a tactile and mindful journey that challenges the notion of what it means to "see."(C) First Run Features

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Visually arresting as it is, the pic stands out mainly for its subject matter, the first documentary on blind chess, even though it fits snugly within the sub-genre of underdog stories.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Shot - a little obviously - in black and white, Ian McDonald's film is otherwise a winning documentary that develops into a story as intense and focused as his subjects.

Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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"Algorithms" is a completely unique film, unlike any other documentary you'll see this year, both for its content and its form. But it is also a deeply absorbing, timeless, universal tale with themes anyone can find inspiration in.

Oct 29, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

An object lesson in how a remarkable subject can be turned into a less remarkable film.

Oct 23, 2014 | Full Review…

As with many stories about children involved in a competitive activity, "Algorithms" is partly a portrait of grown-up hopes channeled through kids.

Oct 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Three visually impaired teenage boys from India who play chess at the championship level are the subject of this slow-moving yet soulful documentary.

Oct 14, 2014 | Full Review…

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