1972 - American Bobby Fischer wins the international chess crown in Reykjavik, Iceland, defeating Boris Spassky
of the Soviet Union.
This film shows Fischer (Tobey Maguire, left) versus Russian Boris Spassky
(Liev Schreiber) in the match of the century.
WHEN the American chess genius Bobby Fischer played his World Chess Championship against the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky
in 1972 the atmosphere was electric - across the globe.
There was a similar upsurge in the past prompted by the amazing World Championship in Iceland between the brilliant Russian Grandmaster and reigning World Champion Boris Spassky
and the temperamental US genius Bobby Fischer.
In 1972, chess player Bobby Fischer took it on himself to topple the Soviet Union's almost 25-year dominance in the sport when he went up against current world champion Boris Spassky
Russian chess grandmaster Boris Spassky
, above, was in Liverpool to play against 22 experts of the game simultaneously.
It is only at the apex of his battles against arch nemesis Boris Spassky
in a secluded Helsinki ping-pong room that he decided to get creative by getting outside of his comfort zone by opting for the untried, the odd, the new, and most proba-bly the uncomfortable.
Bondu's recent exhibition "The Remote and the Deep War" focused on the final world-chess-championship match between the American Bobby Fischer and the Russian Boris Spassky
, in Reykjavik, Iceland, in the summer of 1972.
BIRTHDAYS: Gene Hackman, actor, 85; Vanessa Redgrave, actress, 78; Boris Spassky
, chess master, 78; Dick Cheney, US politician, 74; Phil Collins, rock singer/drummer, 64; Brett Butler, actress, 57; Christian Bale, actor, 41; Wilmer Valderrama, actor, 35; Peter Crouch, footballer, 34.
Revisiting that moment when a world reeling from Vietnam and Watergate was held spellbound by an epic, emblematic 1972 chess match between Fischer and Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky
, this straightforward biopic doesn't crack the mystery of the mentally troubled misanthrope who became, for a time, the game's greatest player, though Tobey Maguire's angry, bristling lead performance does capture the man's outsized personality.
The world championship series has become a financial fizz with its 8,00,000-pounds prize fund plus substantial other costs comparing with the modest 1,00,000-pounds for which Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky
played in Reykjavik in 1972.
After winning 20 straight matches in the 1970 Interzonal competition, Fischer faced the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky
in the 1972 World Championship in Iceland.