It is not the first time that chess players star in a good story
The recent and unexpected success of Lady's Gambit, the Netflix series starring Anya Taylor-Joy as a promising young chess player, has put the public's spotlight on other great stories with this game as the protagonist. It is not the first time that chess players star in a good story, and these 6 films are a good example of this.
The story of Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy) and her fight against her addiction to tranquilizers and other drugs while becoming a chess star has won over the streaming platform's audience.
For those who have enjoyed all things racing and gaming, here are 6 perfect movies to watch after the hit Netflix series.
THE COLDEST GAME (2019)
This recent Polish film uses a game between the alcoholic math teacher Joshua Mansky (Bill Pullman) – recruited by the army to play chess – against a Soviet opponent, as a metaphor for the military strategies used during the Cold War. An intense and convoluted espionage thriller.
THE LUZHIN DEFENSE (2000)
In this film directed by Marleen Gorris, John Turturro plays Luzhin, an ignorant and neglected chess grandmaster who travels to Italy in the 1920s to compete in the most difficult game of his life. His tight-knit life will change when he meets Natalie, the woman his wealthy family has decided to marry, as a series of unpredictable events unfold.
KATWE'S QUEEN (2016)
In this inspiring Disney-produced true story, Lupita Nyong'o plays Phiona, whose impoverished childhood – which boils down to selling corn and caring for her little brother – takes a complete turn when she discovers the world of chess thanks to missionaries. Since then she will become the best chess player in her hometown, Katwe.
This Sundance award-winning indie drama tells the story of a young drug dealer Boaz Yakin, who learned from his alcoholic father (Samuel L. Jackson) how to find an escape route in chess. Her story is complicated when her drug addict sister brings home her boyfriend Esteban (Giancarlo Esposito), who will put him in a checkmate situation from which he can only get out thanks to his skillful knowledge as a chess player.
THE FISCHER CASE (2014)
Tobey Maguire takes on the role of the famous and prodigious chess player Bobby Fischer in this biographical drama that tells the end of the 1972 World Chess Championship, where the talented American faced his Russian counterpart Boris Spassky (Live Schreiber) in full Cold War, marking a before and after in the conflict.
IN SEARCH OF BOBBY FISCHER (1993)
Based on the book by Steven Zaillian and written and directed by Steven Zaillian, this film tells the story of a young chess prodigy whose talent will put him on a spiral in which everyone from his coach Vinnie (Lawrence Fishbourne) to his family, they want to take advantage of the young man. However, he will lose interest in chess as he realizes what the real world is like.
BONUS: GERI'S GAME
And as a gift … a classic among Pixar shorts. Geri, the endearing old man who fixed dolls in Toy Story 2, returns for a moving story about the loneliness of adulthood and how childhood games can help cope with grief. Essential