Film: Late Call

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Film: Late Call

Post by James Pratt » Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:46 pm

A belated call that the film 'Pawn Sacrifice' is on BBC2 this evening at 11.30pm.

Check local listings obviously and enjoy the tale of Bobby versus Boris in this film, shot in 2014, which runs for a modest 115 minutes, a blessing for a late night screening I'd say.

Directed by Edward Zwick and written by Steven Knight, it stars Tobey Maguire as the much troubled 'Stubborn Boy' we all knew so well, though eventually not at all.

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Post by John Upham » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:44 am

As we can all predict this film will not be on JHs list of films he approves of that we can watch.

In fact, there are no films on that list.
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Re: Film: Late Call

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:46 am

Are you indulging your inner twelve-year-old this morning John
"Do you play chess?"
"Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating."

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Post by John Upham » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:47 am

Since it is snowing, yes.

Amuse us all by revealing at least one chess film that you approve of....
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Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:04 am

"Approve of" is a silly term, it's not an ethical issue
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Post by John Upham » Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:31 am

Amuse us all by revealing at least one chess film that you would say is worth watching....
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Re: Film: Late Call

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:38 am

Can I suggest all postings in this thread after the first two are deleted as a complete waste of everybody's time
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Re: Film: Late Call

Post by Geoff Chandler » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:11 pm

So not only are we being told what chess film to watch, but now what posts to read.

Any chess books we should also be wary off?

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Re: Film: Late Call

Post by MJMcCready » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:25 pm

I would say the genre as a whole is something to be wary of.

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Post by Geoff Chandler » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:56 pm

Hi MJM,

What 'genre ' should we wary off, chess films, chess books....Justin's posts? ( :wink: )

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Re: Film: Late Call

Post by MJMcCready » Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:13 pm

lol, all of the above but mot of all chess books.

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Post by Paul McKeown » Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:21 pm

Well, that was cack. A completely one-sided portrayal of RJF as a fruit-cake, with zero attention to accuracy.

For example, it was actually Carmine Nigro that sought out Fischer, not Regina who sought out Nigro. And Fischer was still a very weak player at that stage - Nigro had seen him lose in quarter of an hour to Max Pavey in a simul. And it was at Buenos Aires, 1960, where Fischer is supposed to have been involved with women of easy virtue, rather than at the 2nd Piatagorsky Memorial, Santa Monica, 1966. And at the 2nd PM, he had a terrible start, he definitely didn’t win 8 in a start. And he didn’t play Spassky in the last round. And who the hell was his second round opponent, “Ivanovich”?

I’m not a Fischer nut, who knows every detail of the man’s life and every game he played, although I have friends who are. However, I know enough to spot a steaming pile when I see one.

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Post by Geoff Chandler » Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:00 pm

Hi Paul,

I thought everyone had seen this, it's been around for a while.

Yes loads of errors but only the minority (us chess players) spotted them.
The handful of non-players I know who watched most said they enjoyed it.
I liked it. There are lot worse film out there that I've sat through. (and I knew how it ends!)

The mistakes are rather annoying because in one part of the film - the meeting Lombardy scene they have it correct.

Lombardy did play Petrosian 1961 and the position and analysis is spot on so they obviously had a chess person in there somewhere.
Why did they not stick around and point out some other errors, correcting them would not harm the storyline in any way.

Notes and comments based on Bobby to Lombardy telling him how he could beat Petrosian in 1961.


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Re: Film: Late Call

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:09 pm

Is there a (subtle?) point in the final position there that the Black king needs to be able to escape the perpetual by fleeing to g3 (or rather, taking on f3 or h3)? (e.g. if there was a White pawn on g3 it would be a perpetual?)

Did Petrosian actually play 29.Rac1?

(No, I didn't watch Pawn Sacrifice, though it is available for 29 days.)

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