Sunday, April 11, 2010

Film: "Chess Fever"

Few nations can equal the Russians in terms of contribution to chess. They gave us the biggest names, important opening systems and innovations as well as other ideas on the playing of chess. They also left us with "Chess Fever".

Chess Fever is a film by director, Vsevolod Pudovkin and released in 1925. It's a comedy about a man who risks losing his bride-to-be because of his devotion to chess. Of course, it's a silent movie, but anyone who reads Russian should particularly enjoy this one.

Jeremy Silman has an old review here from 2004.

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