Media Room

Bobby Fischer against the World


Sun, May 1 2:30 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre

Not Available

Tue, May 3 8:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Not Available

93 minutes | USA  | English  | International Premiere | Rating: PG

Bobby Fischer was the rock star of the chess world, but died in squalor as a paranoid recluse. As a six-year-old in Brooklyn, he taught himself to play from an instruction booklet. At 14, he began a record-breaking streak of eight US championships. With dramatic archival footage and revealing interviews, director Liz Garbus reveals the stranger-than-fiction story behind one of the greatest chess players of all time. The FBI had a file on his emotionally absent Jewish single mother, and the KGB had a file on him. Henry Kissinger illuminates the Cold War politics behind 1972’s riveting ‘match of the century’ against the reigning Russian champion. Fischer’s spectacular win catapulted him to superstardom and ended Soviet domination of the chess world. His later bizarre behaviour spewing anti-Semitic and anti-American invective is framed against the breakdowns of earlier chess grandmasters, suggesting Fischer’s brilliance was inextricably linked to his madness. - Gisèle Gordon

Subjects :

Media Coverage

Liz Garbus

Stanley Buchthal
Rory Kennedy
Matthew Justus

Executive Producer(s)
Dan Cogan
Nick Fraser
Maja Hoffman
Martin Pieper; Sheila Nevins

Robert Chappell

Karen Schmeer
Michael Levine

Philip Sheppard