Liev Schreiber (left) stars as Boris Spassky and Tobey Maguire (right) stars as Bobby Fischer in Pawn Sacrifice Credit: Takashi Seida
Pawn Sacrifice, the newest retelling of the “Match of the Century,” the chess battle between Bobby Fischer–played by Tobey McGuire, who certainly knows how to act the vulnerable genius–and Boris Spassky during the Cold War. The game resulted in Bobby Fischer becoming the second American to win the World Championship. Fischer’s mastery of chess was admirable. His mastery of social behavior less so, and he left many wondering whether or not he would even play. Pawn Sacrifice dramatizes this balance of genius and eccentricity in the champion.
Pawn Sacrifice is playing in theaters now.
Synopsis of Pawn Sacrifice
In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.