Chess in Film by Egantx7

Champion(s):

MillerC37


Runner(s)-Up:

Neil


Quiz Description

Answer the following based on scenes or dialogue which depicting or allude to chess (note: knowledge of chess is likely not to be helpful, per se, in this quiz). All of the answers, except #10, will be titles of films.

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Questions:

The title figure is referred to and shown in historic flashbacks, but does not personally appear on screen. The main character is Josh Waitzkin, a chess prodigy who learns to balance the demands of being a master and an ordinary kid. Joe Mantegna played Josh's father, who in real life wrote the book that the film was based on. Give the title of the film that features Lawrence Fishburne as a Washington Park chess hustler and Ben Kingsley as a chess tutor, a film that ends with Josh begging his obsessed opponent to take the draw, which he refuses, allowing Josh to win with honor. (The title "character" was hiding out in Budapest at the time, having defied UN sanctions from a match against Boris Spassky)

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Searching for Bobby Fischer (Innocent Moves for our UK friends)

An early scene in this film takes place at the Venice International Grandmasters Championship, where a Czechoslovakian named Kronsteen is playing a Canadian named MacAdams. Kronsteen wins the game after he receives a message written on a beverage coaster saying You are required at once, written above a stylized octopus. Kronsteen is actually planning to entice a British agent to steal a Soviet decoding device, then killing him so that his employers can keep the decoder. Name this film featuring Robert Shaw as the assassin "Red" Grant, and Sean Connery as a British agent on his second (film) outing.

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From Russia With Love

Name the film that ends with two men playing chess with clear and frosted plastic pieces in a cell. The following conversation takes place:

Antagonist: Doesn't it wake you in the middle of the night with the feeling that someday they will pass that foolish law, or one just like it, and come for you ... and your children?

His wheelchair bound opponent: It does indeed.

Antagonist: What do you do when you wake up to that?

Opponent: I feel a great swell of pity for the poor soul who comes to that school looking for trouble.

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X-Men

Lord Lew Grade, the producer of this bomb of a film once said It would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic. This 1980 film is based around a project called the Sicilian Defense (named for the chess strategy), which will use a rare mineral, Byzanium, to power missile shields that will surround the U.S. (spoiler: the mineral will instead be used to power much more lethal nuclear weapons). The problem is that the only known source of the mineral was shipped from England on April 10, 1912, and never got to New York. Name this film, based on a Clive Cussler novel, starring Richard Jordan as Dirk Pitt, tasked with the impossible title job.

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Raise the Titanic

There is a longstanding rumor, never confirmed, that the correspondence game between Sebastian and Tyrell in this film is based on the famous "Immortal Game" played by Anderssen and Kieseritzky in 1851, something that would fit with one of the film's themes. Sebastian uses the guise of making a move in person to introduce Roy to Tyrell; a meeting which results in Roy killing both Sebastian and Tyrell. Identify this 1982 film-noir classic which stars Harrison Ford as a special law enforcement officer (or is he?)

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Blade Runner

The events in this film are precipitated by a bus breaking down in Rustwater, Kansas. Jonas converses with the disabled Boyd over a game of chess at the diner where Boyd's sister, Marva, works. After performing his con act in front of the townspeople during his revival tent show for several nights, Jonas is shocked when Boyd is able to miraculously walk again, causing Jonas to abandon his traveling revival show as his assistant in crime, Jane, falls for the town sheriff played by Liam Neeson. Identify this 1992 dramedy starring Debra Winger and Steve Martin as a con artist/faith healer.

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Leap of Faith

We are introduced to David and his father Julius Levinson as they play chess outdoors in New York City in which film that sees David draw parallels between the strategy of the film's protagonists and a chess match, uttering the word "Checkmate" as a timer reaches zero, and a bunch of buildings get blown up.

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Independence Day

The only female role in this entire 1982 film is the voice of the Chess Wizard computer, voiced by the director's wife, Adrienne Barbeau. The game ends with the Chess Wizard winning, and MacReady pouring his glass of J&B into the computer, calling it a "Cheating bitch". Name this film which sees Kurt Russell's MacReady and Keith David's Childs survive the final monstrosity ... or have they?

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The Thing

Which film includes the line, delivered by a veteran navy captain addressing his crew:

Once more, we play our dangerous game, a game of chess against our old adversary ... The American Navy. For forty years, your fathers before you and your older brothers played this game and played it well. But today the game is different. We have the advantage. It reminds me of the heady days of Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin when the world trembled at the sound of our rockets. Now they will tremble again ... at the sound of our silence.

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The Hunt for Red October

Name the director or star. Undoubtedly the most poignant and famous chess scene in world cinema occurs in the 1957 film The Seventh Seal in which a Crusader returning home challenges Death to a game in order to delay his own demise. Either name the director of this classic of world cinema, or the actor who played the knight, Antonius Block. While the director has passed away, the actor is still going strong!

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Ingmar Bergman or Max von Sydow

The last section of this film features a scene in which Louis XVI plays a chess game against Poppinjay with people as chess pieces on a life-sized board. After Poppinjay's pawn literally threatens one of Louis' bishops by shaking his fist at the bishop, Louis invokes king's privilege of three moves to one, ordering his knight, bishop, and his pawns to jump the queen, before inviting everyone to jump the queen (after all, It's good to be the king!). Name this 1981 comedy, directed by and starring (in five roles) Mel Brooks.

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History of the World, (Part I)

Some of the flirting that takes place in this 1968 film takes place between the title character (played by Steve McQueen) and an insurance investigator, Vicki Anderson over a game of chess. McQueen's character has masterminded a Boston bank heist, and Anderson, having deduced that he has the money, pursues him for the money and his love. Faye Dunaway, who starred as Anderson, also appeared in the 1999 remake playing a psychologist counseling Pierce Brosnan's title character as he is pursued by Rene Russo's character after stealing a Monet from the Met. Name this film, which replaces the chess with replaces the flirting and chess with overt nudity and sex, and is best remembered for its Oscar winning song "The Windmills of Your Mind".

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The Thomas Crown Affair