Tobey Maguire nails chess legend Bobby Fischer in ‘Pawn Sacrifice’
By Lou Lumenick
September 8, 2014 | 6:58pm
It’s sort of amazing that it’s taken so long for Hollywood to get around to dramatizing a fascinatingly bizarre event that riveted the world’s attention in 1972 between the Watergate break-in and the Munich Olympics massacre — the world chess championship match between Bobby Fischer and Russian Boris Spassky held in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Tobey Maguire does a great job as Fischer in “Pawn Sacrifice,’’ a biopic that covers the wacko chess genius’ life from a budding chess prodigy to the historic match with less eccentric Spassky (a terrific Liev Schreiber). The match was halted several times as Fischer demanded more money and a change of venue to a pingpong room.
Edward Zwick’s film — which is seeking US distribution after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend — blames Fischer’s paranoia, anti-Semitism and general craziness on his unconventional upbringing by a communist (and Jewish) single mother.
Though famed for his unorthodox style, Brooklyn-raised Fischer drops out of competitive play until a chess-loving lawyer (Michael Stuhlbarg) offers to serve as his manager for free so they can challenge Russian dominance of the game.
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