Searching For Bobby Fischer

Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)

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Josh makes it to the national finals, and goes up against Jonathan Poe in the final game. As his parents, Vinnie, and Bruce watch from a monitor, Josh brings his queen out too early and loses it, much to Bruce's dismay. Vinnie seems confident that Josh is simply setting him up, and sure enough he ends up forking Poe with a knight to get it back. As the endgame nears, Bruce spots a winning tactic. Josh tries to will himself to see it, and using what Bruce taught him he eventually does. Instead of moving, he offers Jonathan a draw. Jonathan declines and the game continues with both players promoting their last pawns into queens. However Josh's queen immediately skewers Jonathan's king and queen, winning the game. Jonathan resigns and Josh tells him "Good game." Everyone congratulates Josh on winning. He tells his father that he tried to give Poe a way out."I know you did." Afterwards he talks to his friend Morgan who lost because he brought his queen out too early."Yeah I did that too," says Josh."But you're a much better player than I was at your age."


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