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Monday, September 26, 2011

"Bobby Fischer Against the World"

Director, Liz Garbus, has done a brilliant job of presenting not only the most important events that shaped Bobby Fischer's life, his unprecedented fame, and then his tragic deterioration, but she has enabled the viewer unusual insight into the complexity that characterize the workings of the brain of a chess master.  Most famous, of course is Fischer's 1972 chess match in Iceland against the then World Champion Title holderSpassky, Russia's pride and joy.  Garbus researched and reviewed hundreds and hundreds of hours of existing film before selecting the sequences that comprise this excellent movie.   I was totally fascinated, though saddened by the terrible toll Fischer's genius took on his life. He began playing when he was six, winning when he was seven, and publicly noteworthy by the time was 13.

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