There are plenty of good chess moments and mentions of chess in movies. However most are pretty small and barely cover the subject. But today I wanted to focus on movies that are pretty mainstream and moments that many of us might remember.
I happen to love chess so seeing it in a movie is something I think all of us can enjoy.
Anyway, here are the moments….
Searching for Bobby Fischer
Any chess scene in this movie is pretty much worth a watch considering the entire movie is about chess. However, I like the scene towards the end when the little twirp kid says “trick or treat” after taking a queen. Lots of fun times in this movie.
Silence of the Lambs
Lt. Starling asks two “bug experts” for help in solving her case and of course they are playing chess with live beetles. That’s always fun.
The chess game between Tyrell and Sebastian uses the conclusion of a game played between Anderssen and Kieseritzky, in London in 1851. It is considered one of the most brilliant games ever played, and is universally known as “The Immortal Game”.
There’s really no mention of the actual game chess in this movie but if you search “Star Wars Chess” you’ll always find this picture so I think it’s pretty cool.
There is a running game of chess in this entire movie that’s pretty awesome. It goes on between Robert and Miguel (initially Nikolai). A great moment is when Miguel tells Robert “Rook to Pawn (number).” It’s a great moment in the film. The whole movie is nearly a chess game between two assassins competing for targets.
“Chess, now there’s a game of wits.” “And a total fu*&in” mystery.” Great, maybe you’ll let me teach you someday.” There’s that exchange and of course the ending when Andy says “And the chess board ready.” Andy is fond of the game and he takes years to build pieces out of rocks for himself.
The entire movie is based on a computer learning strategy and finally realizing that some strategies have dire consequences.
Eh, this is just a fun moment when Judd Hirsch loses.