Searching for Bobby Fischer
Directed by Steve Zaillian. US. 1993. 8+. 1 hour 49 minutes. Paramount. DVD.
Sat., March 17, 2018
Is winning the only thing that matters? That’s the one of the many questions this insightful, charming true-life story asks children and parents. When sportswriter Fred Waitzkin’s (Joe Mantegna) seven-year-old son Josh (Max Pomeranc) shows a rare gift for chess, he encourages his son’s talents. At first, Max learns from a Washington Square Park player named Vinnie (Laurence Fishburne) but then a renowned chess teacher (Ben Kingsley) takes him under his tutelage. Even though Max becomes a more technically savvy player, his passion for the game begins to suffer due to the stress brought on by his strict instructor.