Sunday, November 26, 2023

Chess Story

World champion of chess, Mirko Czentovic is traveling by ocean liner from New York to Buenos Aires. An unfriendly and surprisingly uneducated man, he mostly keeps to himself. A group of passengers offer the champion money to play against them. While losing each match and all their money, another passenger quietly observing begins to subtly hint to the opponent calculating moves that ultimately win the match. Shocked that this mysterious man called Dr. B should possess such skills, the audience cannot help but wonder how he learned to play with such precision. While these matches continue, Dr. B’s anxiety noticeably heightens and the narrator slowly describes the shocking tale that led this shy gentleman to this precise moment in time. Originally called The Royal Game, this German novella was written by Austrian author Stefan Zweig in 1941, just months before he and his wife die by suicide. Despite its length, this powerful story became the inspiration for the production of multiple artistic endeavors such as an opera, stage production and multiple movies over the last 80 years. Gripping and emotional, you most definitely do not need to be a chess player to appreciate each and every strategic move. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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