Chess in the Movies meme
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Chess
Magic Carpet v. Genie
Most likely to win: Magic Carpet
In this game, the carpet plays the brilliant move Qxe8, to the surprise of Genie.
Many movies make mistakes as to Chess, this being one of them. 1) there is no White King, and 2) the bottom left square is a white square when it should be a dark square.
Ivana Hump v. Austin Powers
Most likely to win: I think they called it a draw.
Ivana starts the game with the uncommon opening f3 (the Barnes Opening http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnes_Opening). Austin Powers then responds with Ne4, an illegal (and bad) response. The two are unfortunately unable to finish their game as they begin a pre-coitus ritual.
Waco Kid v. Sheriff Bart. (0-1) (0-1 means black won, 1-0 means white won).
I made a mistake in this photo, there's another white piece on either the a or the b file.
But, it seems that the Waco Kid is in checkmate, poor guy. But unlike the past two films, the board is oriented correctly.
Evil Forces v. Harry Potter/Hermoine/Ron. (0-1)
This is an awesome game that was actually designed by a chess master. They really did their research here.
The students of Hogwarts are playing a game of Wizard's Chess on their way to stop Valdemort. In the spirit of not butchering the story line, I will stop there.
Jim v. Creed
The entire office is upset with Michael Scott for favoring some employees over others. While there is drama in the office, Jim and Creed decide to pass some time playing Chess. It's Jim's move and Creed is not being very helpful.
In this case, 1) Jim has both of his bishops on light squares, which is impossible unless there was a pawn promotion, which on first glance doesn't look like its occurred, 2) Creed has both of his Bishops on dark squares, 3) I can't seem to figure out how he got double pawns on the a file, and 4) the board has the brown square in the bottom right.
Geri v. His Evil Self
In this Pixar classic, Geri plays himself at a game of Chess, which doesn't seem to work out, so Geri takes matters into his own hands.
It's impressive how badly he's losing, and the only move he has at this point is Kf1.
Also, the board is oriented correctly :D!
Professor Mortiary v. Robert Dow... erm... Sherlock Holmes (1-0)
Pictured is the board situation by the end of the first clip. The Chess game continues, and like Harry Potter, the producers put a fair amount of effort into the game. The game is modeled after an old game played between two masters.
Professor Xavier v. Magneto (1-0)
Due to the model of the pieces and the angle at which it was filmed, this game was hell to get down on paper. This comes towards the end of the film. While they are playing, Magneto states that he will never end his fight, and Professor X states that he will always be there to stop him.
The game goes as follows. 1. Rxe8 Rxe8 2. g7+ Nxg7 3. hxg7++ Magneto ends the game in check by the g pawn and can't move to h8 because the c bishop is guarding the square.
I hope you guys enjoyed this short series as much as I enjoyed annotating it. Be sure to write in the comments if you see any brilliant moves that a character could have made.
We can hold those movie guys in contempt.
You found the Bobby Fischer clip! Excellent!!