Two masters of chess duel each other not only in their game but also in their different ideologies. The veteran Akiva is a Soviet Jew and ferocious Communist, master of his game but also dealing with a declining health while the young and restless genius Pavius has defected to the West to escape from the Communism tentacles. Their differences will be put to test while they're both competing in the World Chess Championship, with a huge prize at stake just as much as the political ideologies behind those characters.
Did You Know?
Many of the events are based on the Anatoli Karpov
vs Viktor Korchnoi
World Chess Championship match in 1978. The actual match pitted Karpov (a Soviet prodigy) vs Korchnoi (who had escaped to the West just a few years prior to the match), and there was no love lost between the sides. The accusations included Karpov's team using a "parapsychologist" (Vladimir P. Zukhar) to sit in the audience and try and unnerve Korchnoi during the matches, and Korchnoi using two members of the Ananda Marga sect who were experts in "transcendental meditation". Other actions included arguments about what anthems and flags could be used, accusations of secret devices hidden in Korchoi's chair that he used during the matches (the chair had to be X-rayed), and accusations that yogurt delivery to Karpov during the games was a form of secret communication. The events are also described in the documentary Closing Gambit: 1978 Korchnoi versus Karpov and the Kremlin
(2018). See more
Early in the film, Liebskind describes a move as "Rook to G-10". There is no G-10 on the chessboard; the numbers only go to 8. This error is in the subtitles only and was a mistranslation; the actual line ends with "huit", French for eight. See more
[wins one match