Bobby Fischer Against the World ★★★★

A documentary about chess seems like the most boring combination ever, but hold your rooks: This is actually quite fascinating. I haven’t heard much of Bobby Fischer before, and I found his story engrossing, tragic, and overall told rather well.

The documentary is a bit uneven, though – there are short appearances by Malcolm Gladwell and even Kissinger at the beginning, but they lead nowhere and are ultimately distracting. Likewise, the ending is muddled and I think deserved more. But the 1972 match in the middle… edge-of-the-seat-friendly stuff. Worth checking out for this part alone.

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