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Searching for Bobby Fischer
(1993)

AKA: Innocent Moves

Country: USA

Genre: Drama

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Josh is a typical kid until one day he challenges his father at chess and wins. He then makes friends with a street hustler named Vinnie who teaches him speed chess. Josh's parents hire a renowned chess coach, Bruce, who teaches him the usefulness of measured planning. Along the way Josh becomes tired of Bruce's system and chess in general and purposely throws a match, leaving the prospects of winning a national championship in serious jeopardy.

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  • Young Artist Awards: nomination - Max Pomeranc
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Formulaic but very well-executed. The movie is apparently not very accurate about tournament chess. The documentary Chess Kids, in which the real Josh Waitzkin appears, is obviously more accurate, just as the documentary Spellbound is more accurate than Akeelah and the Bee, and the best fictional chess movie ever made must surely remain the 1925 Russian short comedy Chess Fever. However, Max Pomeranc's lead performance is such a treat to watch that it's hard to care about anything else!

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Known as 'Innocent Moves' here in the UK, Max Pomeranc gave a masterful performance as the boy chess prodigy. Interesting to see the point made about the parents having to be kept away from the tournament room. This is what can happen actually. And what of Michael Nirenberg cast as Max's arch enemy, Jonathan Poe? Poor kid, even though given the part of the baddy boy he played his character well. From the position of the pieces at the time Poe was offered a draw, several chess buffs have since pointed out that Poe could've won. Fine film and well acted by all the boy performers.

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Max Pomeranc and Ben Kingsley create movie magic!

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