Saturday, 21 January 2012
Bobby Fischer Against the World 
Some sporting duels manage to traverse beyond the confines of the concerned sport to become socio-cultural and at times even socio-political milestones. Mohd. Ali versus George Foreman, Bjorn Borg versus John McEnroe, Ayrton Senna versus Alain Prost, etc. are some of the ones that immediately come to one’s mind. But what would perhaps take the pole position, so to speak, would be what came to be known as the “Match of the Century” – American contender Bobby Fischer taking on the Russian World Champion Boris Spassky at Reykjavik in 1972 – a match that came to symbolize the Cold War faceoff for global supremacy between the two feuding world powers. With that legendary World Chess Championship at its forefront, this gripping documentary has taken a look at the fascinating life, both his meteoric rise and his tragic fall, of iconoclastic and forever misunderstood chess prodigy Bobby Fischer. Fischer took the world of chess by storm with his incredible gameplay and his anti-establishmentarian persona; however, he was also forever haunted by his troubled childhood and his increasing mental disintegration, which in turn led to his becoming a political pariah, his erratic behaviour and self-destructive career choices, and his ultimately dying as a severely lonely person at a far-off country. Filled with enough documentary footage as well as commentaries by people who knew him personally and/or professionally, this thumping HBO docu has managed to give us a peek into the brilliant mind of one of the most iconic and enigmatic personalities of the 20th century.
Director: Liz Garbus
Genre: Documentary/Biography/Sports Documentary