Guess the movie: a chess movie film quiz (4)

by Arne Kaehler
6/24/2020 – Part 4 of the "Chess Movies Film Quiz" presents four movies that were released between 1999 and 2001. A comedy/parody (Austin Powers - 1999), a drama (Bicentennial Man - 1999), a film that is very much about chess (The Luzhin Defence - 2000), and the screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling's novel "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". The novel appeared in 1997, the film in 2001.

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Which still is from which film?

The graphic below shows four chess scenes from films that were released between 1999-2001. But which scene is from which movie?

Austin Power: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

The Spy Who Shagged Me by Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and director Mike Myers was a box office hit and made almost ten times as much as it cost. It was also the most successful of the three Austin Powers movies.

The film is a wild parody of several spy movies, especially the James Bond series.

The chess scene in the movie was surely influenced by The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) which was part of our second Guess the movie quiz.

But which of the four film stills is from "Austin Power: The Spy Who Shagged Me" – number 1, 2, 3 or 4? Take your pick and see what other readers think.

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Bicentennial Man - (1999)

This sci-fi movie was directed by Chris Columbus, who also directed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The film contains a couple of chess scenes though the makers of the film did not get all of them right.

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

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The Luzhin Defence - (2000)

John Turturro plays Alexander Luzhin, a mentally tormented chess Grandmaster who meets a young woman during an important chess tournament in Italy. The Luzhin Defence is a well-made film that is based on Vladimir Nabokov's famous novel The Defense.

However, though chess is the central topic of this film the game is not always depicted correctly. I remember how furious I was when I first saw the movie on VHS. I stopped the film to rewind it a couple of times and check the position to be sure.

 

Here Black played:

1. ... Bf8
2. Rxf8+ Kxf8
3. Nf5+ Kg8
4. Qf8+ Kxf8
5. Rd8#

A nice combination – but it only works as fiction because in real "live" the final move 5.Rd8# is illegal because the white rook is pinned.

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

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

In the US this film was released as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and as both stones sound mystical, I guess this is fine.

American International Master Jeremy Silman was asked to provide a chess puzzle for the movie, and he picked a nice one. Unfortunately, you can hardly see the puzzle in the film and Jeremy Silman wasn't even credited for his help.

But which of the four film stills is from this Harry Potter 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.

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