Synopsis: The Soviet chess player Anatolij meets the American chess player Freddie in Italy where a grand chess championship is held. There, their pasts and love affairs starts to affect the competition, forcing them to face their inner feelings.
Genre: Musical
127 min


Moscow 1986

Mischa, my little professor!

Hi, grandma.

How was school?

- Good.

Good, good.

Eight times eight is?

- Eight?



- No!

Eight hundred Eighty-eight?

- No!

Anatoly! Anatoly!

Anatoly, why won't you answer me?

Hello Mischa!

- Hello dad.

Impossible question!

-Why is it such an impossible question?

What? Why is everything so

impossible these days?

Wrong time.

But why can't I come with you?

That's impossible, and you know it.

Yeah, what do I know? Nothing!

How should I know what

youre doing on your trips?

My trips?

But Ive never been to the West!

I play chess!

Yeah, and what else?

Nothing else.

- really?

I never get to be where you are.

I dont have fun.

A chess tournament isnt

very fun at all.

Yes, but why do you go, then?

- Its a championship!

A world championship. You know

damn well that theyll never let you come.

Not you, not Misha, nor your mother,

or her mother, or God knows who.

Why dont you care about me

and my family?

I do!

- You don't!


- Still I kiss you.

Youre welcome!

A game of chess is strategy.

Each square hides something big.

In laughter and play,

in sorrow and betrayal,..

youll learn from the mistakes

youve made.

How did it happen, when chess was

shaped long ago in India?

Two princes were feuding,

so the story goes,

about the countrys sacred seal.

And their father and mother,

they wailed and cried

like all we parents do.

they pleaded:
Now stop before someone

dies, but still a brother fell.

What have you done?

His mother was beside herself.

Alas, your crime is grave"

"No, your father can never

forgive you..

Father, try to understand,

he wanted to kill me.

No, you have to leave.

You were my son,

but I repudiate you.

He left..

After some time,

he came back and counterattacked

with the help of small soldiers

painted in lacquer.

placed on a chequered table,

so that he could prove

his brothers cruel plan.

Thats how he created chess.

God be with you.

-Goodbye, Tolya.

Goodbye, Anna Petrovna!

Youll win the game, right, dad??

- Give me a kiss!


(Hey, you)?

Where is my dream?

What is daring?

Did I take my chance?

Do I have the talent?

Once there was a dream

Whats left is a question.

Desire turned into demands,

love into torture.

People are replaced,

oh, so carefully..

All that was empty

becomes something important.

I resist.

but they seduce me

Saying Comrade

although they destroy me.

I am where I wanted to be

and who I wanted to be

and doing what I said;

I know I do it well.

Was this what I wanted to have?

Running for my life

and never looking back

and never being safe

I hear behind my back:

That bastard, well get him!

When my wheel of fortune is reversed,

where can I go?

Do I go back?

Sure, Im pleased.

Who can complain?

Everything has gone well,

a real fairytale.

Im forced to hide

moet ik mijzelf veroordelen

love and hate

Im forced to forget.

I am where I wanted to be

and who I wanted to be

and doing what I said;

I know I do it well.

Was this what I wanted to have?

Running for my life

and never looking back

and never being safe

I hear behind my back:

That bastard, well get him!

When my wheel of fortune is reversed,

where can I go?

Do I go back?

Our Partys dear General Secretary

sends his regards. Yuri!

At the meeting at the Ministry of Athletics

yesterday it was decided that..

Thank you!

Come and board now the trains

leaving for Merano of Fairytales.

Merano of Love

Bacchus, he offers wine.

Breathe in and fall

into twilight poetry

feel like Scheherazade and Aladdin

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Tim Rice

Sir Timothy Miles Bindon "Tim" Rice (born 10 November 1944) is an English lyricist and author. An Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning lyricist, Rice is best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he wrote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, with Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA, with whom he wrote Chess, and for additional songs for the 2011 West End revival of The Wizard of Oz, and for his work for Walt Disney Studios with Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, King David), Elton John (The Lion King, Aida, The Road to El Dorado) and Ennio Morricone. more…

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