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Searching for Bobby Fischer
SUBJECTS — Sports/Chess; World/Canada;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Talent; Father/Son;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility.
Age: 10+; MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 1993; 111 minutes; Color.
Josh is a chess genius. His father becomes obsessed with his son's chess competitions. Bobby Fischer is Josh's hero but by the end of the movie, Josh shows his father and his opponents how to put the game and the pressure to win into perspective. In that way the Josh surpasses his admiration for Fischer as a competitor and matures to become his own human being. The film is based on a true story.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Searching for Bobby Fischer helps teachers show children their own power to grow and mature despite the pressures to win. The Guide also provides a brief introduction to the world of children's competitive chess.
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Searching for Bobby Fischer is not about Bobby Fischer. It's about a father's near obsession and a child's wisdom in avoiding Bobby Fischer's fate.
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Bobby Fischer was one of the greatest chess players of all time. In 1972 he won the world chess championship, the first time that a non-Russian had won the title in decades. He then disappeared, surfacing only to make millions by playing a chess championship in Yugoslavia, which at that time was pursuing a war of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. Getting paid to play a match in Yugoslavia was against U.S. sanctions prohibiting trade with that country and Fischer lost his citizenship as a result. Later in life, while Fischer was still a fugitive from U.S. justice, he was reduced to making anti-U.S. and anti-Semitic broadcasts from a minor league Philippine Radio station. Fischer died on January 17, 2008.
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