#NZFF Bobby Fischer Against the World
But mention this to a chess fan and immediately you enter a world of celebrity. Bobby Fischer is regarded by a lot of experts as the greatest chess player in the world. His career resume is astonishing; Spotted as a legendary player at age 13 he went on to challenge the top United States players at 14 to end up the youngest grandmaster by 15.
Bobby Fischer Against the World is a documentary that traces the rise and rise and fall of Bobby Fischer. The story traces back to his earliest adventures with chess to his single minded fascination with the game which leads him to becoming a world champion in 1972.
This is barely a yawn fest though. The documentary is well paced and ties in the wider story of the social pressures placed on Bobby Fischer, especially surrounding his world champion match during the cold war, with his personal battle for sanity.
Ok.. Brass tacks time.. Fischer was a freak.. He could possibly have remained an unbeaten world champion even from the grave. He was United States’ hero during the cold war standing up against the “evil communist” Soviets. He however was a super genius which made him super quirky. As the documentary unravels the full behind the man story appears, and a remarkable tale of disjointed family, life and dealing with a genius emerges.
This was a surprisingly good and somewhat popular movie choice amongst movie goers, with few seats left in the session. People laughed, applauded and generally left feeling better informed of a truly remarkable, if somewhat tortured, life. If you love chess or are just interested in the human condition, this is a documentary you must see.
Reviewed by: Urbankiwi