Movies to Watch for the Chess Buff
Movies and chess have had a long relationship. Ever since the early days of production, there have been films that have either focused on chess or have had the game featured quite extensively. Chess made an appearance in movies as early as the 1950s. It is a trend that has picked up since then. Whether you know the rules of the game or not, when it is featured in the movies, chess is simple and quite easy to understand in the context. It is even possible to make out some of the moves in chess games just by observing what the players are doing. Such is the power of movies. In order to give you a glimpse of what we’re talking about, here is a list of movies and documentaries that are either centered on chess players or have quite a lot of chess in them.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
The Robert Downey Jr. starrer is an adaptation of the famous novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and focuses on the life of his fictional detective— Sherlock Holmes. A Game of Shadows is the second installation in the series of films directed by Guy Ritchie. Continuing from where the first movie left off, Holmes is seen chasing and deciphering an elaborately laid scheme by a celebrated author and lecturer at Oxford, Professor James Moriarty. Chess makes an appearance in the movie a couple of times when the Professor invites Holmes for a game while he pays the former a visit at his office. The second is at the end when Holmes finally accepts a five second game. The way chess is depicted in the film is quite interesting to watch, and even if you’re not aware of the game, you’re bound to be delighted.
Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine
The game between Kasparov and IBM’s program Deep Blue is one of those plays that rewrote history. It has been the subject of numerous debates because it was the first time a computer had outsmarted a chess grandmaster at a game which people believed was beyond the reach of machines to play. Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine is another documentary that focuses on how this game unfolded and the build-up to what is regarded as one of the greatest matches in the history of Chess.
The list of exciting chess movies and documentaries is in-exhaustive, and it will continue to grow in the future.