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Het tijdperk Bobby Fischer

CAMBRIDGE – De briljante nieuwe Hollywoodfilm ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (‘Pionoffer’, red.) is een portret van het leven van het getourmenteerde schaakgenie Robert James ‘Bobby’ Fischer, vanaf zijn begindagen als wonderkind tot zijn historische tweekamp op 29-jarige leeftijd tegen de Russische wereldkampioen Boris Spasski in 1972. Acteur Toby Maguire zet Fischer met treffende authenticiteit neer, die zelfs voor iedereen die Fischer op zijn hoogtepunt meegemaakt heeft een schot in de roos is.

De film beschrijft een tweekamp die tot een gebeurtenis van grote betekenis in de Koude Oorlog tussen Rusland en de Verenigde Staten uitgroeide. Hij doet je afvragen of een creatief genie als Bobby Fisher – zeer getroebleerd maar superieur functioneel aan het schaakbord - zou kunnen existeren in de keiharde online-wereld van vandaag de dag.

Fischer had in die dagen over aandacht zeker niet te klagen, maar informatie werd toen op een heel andere manier gefilterd dan nu. Journalisten leidden toen de weg, in plaats van slaafs de stroom van oppervlakkig internetverkeer te volgen. Het verhaal van een grillig kind uit Brooklyn die in zijn eentje ten strijde trok tegen het Sovjetimperium in zijn nationale sport leverde goede kopij voor journalisten, die het belang van de gebeurtenis op waarde wisten te schatten. De tweekamp haalde twee maanden lang dagelijks de voorpagina’s van grote kranten rond de hele wereld, waarbij commentatoren tot wel vijf uur per dag live zet-voor-zet analyses doorgaven.

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