Why Movies Get Chess Wrong

Chess is one of the most popular games on Earth. So why do multimillion-dollar blockbusters keep making beginner’s errors?

Tobey Maguire portrays World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer in ‘Pawn Sacrifice.’ Photo: Bleecker Street

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Zachary Snowdon Smith

Arts writer for Forbes. Former editor of The Cordova Times, Alaska’s №1 weekly. Previously headed Chess For The Gambia, a youth development project.