Plays some nice moves but never reaches checkmate. I enjoyed the film but felt it skimped on some of the more interesting aspects of Fischer's personal life which are only hinted at during the film's close. It also lacked tension during his chess games with Spassky.
Oh, and isn't it time somebody made a film from that classic game, Kerplunk? Imagine the tension as each straw is pulled and the troubling sound of clattering marbles. It should be called 'The Last Straw' and feature Jason Statham and Tom Hardy as the 'hard men' of the game, each battling for their stake in the East End of London. Or is that Monopoly?