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Bobby Fischer Against the World

2011, Documentary, 1h 32m

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Liz Garbus examines the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master from his troubled childhood through his rise to fame and his life as a fugitive.

Cast & Crew

Sheila Nevins
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Martin Pieper
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Dan Cogan
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Nick Fraser
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Maja Hoffmann
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Philip Sheppard
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Robert Chappell
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Michael Levine
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Karen Schmeer
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  • Dec 19, 2012
    When I was in college, I would occasionally play a friend in chess. And he admitted he had a hard time playing me, because of my strategy. I didn't have one, so he could not see ahead what I was going to do. Luckily, the documentary "Bobby Fischer Against the World" has a lot to say on the subject of chess strategy, so I was able to learn a thing or two for possible future reference. At the top of the chess pantheon was Bobby Fischer, chessmaster and one time world champion, who was able to play entire games in his head and could outplay almost any other opponent. Sadly, that also included himself, as that same monomania which made him so successful at chess, made him that much less successful as a human being.(There is an intriguing chicken vs. egg debate here concerning his mental illness.) Later in life and post fame, he retains his intelligence to antagonize everybody he encounters with his own brand of twisted and bigoted logic while losing his mind. Centered as the documentay is around the 1972 Chess World Championship versus Boris Spassky, who is still very much alive, oh by the way, Cold War politics come into play.(This chess match was apparently a very huge deal. I love the newscasts of the day that would go - "Watergate...McGovern...but first chess...) But to counter something said in the film, yes, the Soviet state supported its athletes, but they were not professional in the way we think of them today. Rather, they were probably allowed to live in a pretty nice apartment and did not have to stand on line for food.
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  • Feb 16, 2012
    Excellent documentary, biography, and time capsule. Certainly those interested in chess will like it, but others will find it compelling as well.
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  • Dec 24, 2011
    Documentary about the most famous chess player and considered the best, focusing mainly on a world championship match with champ, Borris sparsskey, a russian, Fischer a american during the cold war. thje film also delves into his past and his passion for the game, and rounding it off his later years, his exile from the states and how he lost it, possibly the game or upbringing making him the way he was. it is a fasinating acount and most certainly a must for chess players out there, which i am( by no means on his or any level) its a doc that brings fasination to the game, while learning about a man. a solid watch.
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  • Sep 19, 2011
    Fascinating doc. Lots of great footage of Fischer going back to when he was 15 years old.
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