Tobey Maguire stars as Robert James Fischer, affectionately known as “Bobby Fischer” by millions who followed the star dust rise of the boy genius who emerged out of the chess dens of New York City’s Brooklyn and remapped the whole chess world with a shining light to say that chess sport was important and deserved the respect by its devotees, clubs, and the long international heritage associated with it. He literally pulled it out of the mothballs of a stale status symbol into the modern 20th and 21st centuries.
You perhaps remember Tobey Maguire from his role as Spiderman. He tackles another role as Bobby Fischer in PAWN SACRIFICE directed by Edward Zwick, a Bleecker Street release. It is part fiction, part real of this chess dynamo who conquered the chess world, not only in regards his talent and quest to win the coveted title of World Chess Champion and return it to America but to enrich and bring vigor and life to the pieces and devotees alike.
The movie touches on the frailty of his being and it seems to me the film shortchanges on the personal life and relationships that was housed in his everyday life away from the public image which he fiercely found invasive of his privacy. He did not like people who he felt were using him whether it was imagined or real within his state of mind. I might suggest his thoughts and feelings about his article on his views of the ten greatest chess players was not wholly related to skill as contributions they made to the advancement of chess and its history–something totally missing from the pens of most writers and critics.
Let Bobby rest in peace and hold for eternity his having walked among us. Hope all enjoy the movie experience.
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(My love lives within my own spirit. She left 8/25/15, leaving a loving son and husband to carry on until we are one day all together again. She shared the joy of chess with me, attending a number of my chess adventures as she played and enjoyed the game very much. She inspired my own talent to new highs. We shared much as we both enjoyed gardening, swimming in our pond-lake and pursuing her other creative works. It is the reason why I have not been up to my usual daily writings. I guess I need a little time to myself. Thank you.-Don.)