Guess the movie: a chess movie film quiz (3)

by Arne Kaehler
6/6/2020 – We would like to invite you to another movie quiz. This time, we present four films in which a computer plays a minor or major role. The oldest film "2001: A Space Odyssey" is from 1968, the newest movie "Chess Computer" is 45 years older. In addition, we have the "The Thing" from 1982 and "Knight Moves", an erotic thriller. But do you know which still belongs to which film?

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Which still is from which film?

The graphic below shows four chess scenes from films with a chess computer. But which scene is from which movie?

Four films, four computers

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

This monumental masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick, an avid chess fan, is a milestone in the history of cinema.

But which of the four film stills is from "Space Odyssey? – number 1, 2, 3 or 4? Take your pick and see what other readers think.

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The Thing (1982)

This film used to haunt me as a child like no other film has ever done. 

This sci-fi horror movie by John Carpenter was based on the novel Who goes there? by John W. Jr. Campbell. However, Who goes there? is only the shortened version of a much longer novel by Campbell, titled Frozen Hell. Alec Nevala-Lee, the biographer of Campbell, discovered the manuscript of Frozen Hell in a box of manuscripts at Harvard University when doing research on Campbell. Two years ago, a successful Kickstarter campaign started to raise money to publish Frozen Hell.

But which of the four film stills is from The Thing? – number 1, 2, 3 or 4? Take your pick and see what other readers think.

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Knight Moves (1992)

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Knight Moves is about chess, or at least pretends so. On Rotten Tomatoes the film scored very badly, and I agree to this verdict – the number of chess related errors in the film is immense (however, at least they usually get the boards right and used examples from real games).

But which of the four film stills is from Knight Moves? – number 1, 2, 3 or 4? Take your pick and see what other readers think.

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Computer Chess (2013)

This wonderful and funny film is made like a mockumentary and was shot only with video cameras. The film is from 2013 but often alludes to the early 80s, while over-the-top nerds compete with their computer programs against each other in an epic computer chess match.

But which of the four film stills is from this comedy-drama movie? – number 1, 2, 3 or 4? Take your pick and see what other readers think.

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Arne Kaehler, a creative thinker who is passionate about board games in general was born in Hamburg and learned how to play chess at a very young age. Through teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess content on YouTube, Arne was able to extend this passion onto others and has even made an online chess course for anyone who wants to learn how to play this game. Currently, Arne blogs for the English news page of ChessBase and focuses on creating promotional and entertaining articles.