A Critique Of Searching For Bobby Fischer

by Liam W.

I know what you’re thinking- “Liam is writing an article about a 90’s chess movie, isn’t he? This guy is really letting himself go.”

I’m here to tell you that is exactly what I’m doing. I’ve let myself go recently and since then have been on a downward spiral. It all started with my beard, but since then, things are getting even worse.

I’ll take you all back to a few weeks ago, when I rolled up to school one day and caught up with some of the fellas. Backpacks slung over one shoulder to shed light on the fact that school is just sort of a chore for us, we started talking about what we were up to the night before.

When I got the turn to talk about my night, I quickly responded something like “Dude, honestly, just like a ton of video games. Call of Duty, Halo, you know, just the violent ones where I get to wreck people.” This, in fact, was not at all what I had done the night before though.

I am here to admit that the night before I spent on the Wikipedia page of chess champion Bobby Fischer, and then on Youtube, watching every clip of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer that I could get my dirty hands on.


Unfortunately, Searching for Bobby Fischer has some major issues, specifically with the chess scenes, which are the most thrilling scenes in the film (Unfortunately there are no explosions or high-speed car chases in this movie, as that would not be fitting in a chess movie).

In one of the chess matches, the kid offers his opponent a tie early in the game, as he suddenly has figured out how he is going to win.

His opponent doesn’t take it, so the protagonist proceeds to play about 21 moves straight until he knocks down the other kid’s King piece and wins the match. Impossible. No kid is smart enough to think 21 moves ahead in a chess game, no matter how smart.

I don’t think Mark Zuckerberg could think 21 moves ahead in a chess game. With all of the unforeseen Queen and King moves, unfortunately this type of thing is not possible in a chess game.

Director Steven Zaillan needs to understand the game of chess before he directs a movie about it. Thanks for those who made it to the end of this chess article.

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