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The Cold War On A Chessboard.
on 21 December 2015
A good solid documentary about a complex interesting man. It is at its best when telling the story of the match with Spassky in Iceland but while covering the early part of the contest in detail, it then inexplicably jumps to the conclusion. Perhaps there was little film coverage of the middle section, however it remains unsatisfying.
The interviews with people from the American chess world, who knew him, are very well done and give a real flavour of the man and his genius.
The final section of his life is covered relatively briefly, and is poignant and melancholy.
If you are under forty, some of the period visuals will jar as they are in stark contrast to the resolution of the modern interviews. The sound quality is also poor in some of the early footage with audible clipping and there is no subtitle option to remedy this, which might be an issue if you are hard of hearing.
In conclusion, it is a good, though not exceptional documentary, well worth the small asking price. If you have never heard of Bobby Fischer and have no interest in chess, I'd deduct a star.