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Chess on the Movie Screen

After such iconic films as Searching for Bobby Fischer or The Luzhin Defence, a new wave of chess-themed movies reaches the cinemas in 2016. One of these must-see movies is a documentary about the current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, his journey to the top of the chess world. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and will be in the cinemas from September 2016. Here is the trailer:



Another chess movie that will be released in September is a sports drama called Queen of Katwe. It tells the story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from Uganda, whose world rapidly changed when she was introduced to the game of chess. A genuine and inspiring journey based on a true story:



Last but not least, a film that is already screened in the cinemas at the time of writing: Pawn Sacrifice. The biographical piece takes us closer to one of the greatest chess players in history, Bobby Fischer, as he finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles. Hollywood stars Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber appear in the main roles as Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky:


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