Guess the movie: A chess movie film quiz (5)

by Arne Kaehler
7/25/2020 – The movies we are about to show in this quiz are crystal clear. Perhaps, because all of them have a chess scene with a chess set made of glass! Unfortunately, we had to cheat a bit and one of the scenes is from a film presented in one of our last quizzes. Nonetheless, this might be the hardest film quiz so far.

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Which still is from which film?

The graphic below shows four chess scenes from films that have a chess scene, in which set and pieces are made of glass. But which scene is from which movie?

The Luzhin Defence - (2000)

Our first glass chess set appears in the movie The Luzhin Defence, which we already saw in our last Guess the movie film quiz. Of course, we didn’t use the same still. 

The final chess position of the movie comes with a pretty sweet mate.


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


Lucky Number Slevin - (2006)

An underrated revenge-crime movie which I have probably watched about ten times. Although critics like to point out that the film is trying too hard to be clever and copies Tarantino, I think it is pretty unique and has its own style.

The movie has an impressive cast featuring Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley.

The chess scene is hardly visible but the typical “check and mate” cliché is spot on.

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


X2 - (2003)

There are twelve X-Men movies so far, the first one was released in 2000, the most recent in 2019. The second instalment, X2, is still considered one of the best movies in the series, besides the fabulous Deadpool spin-offs.

Four of the X-Men films come with recurring chess scenes. You can always see Magneto (Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender) playing against Professor Xavier (Patrick Stuart and James McAvoy).

The mutant Professor Xavier has the special power to read and control minds. Isn’t this ideal for cheating? And why would Magneto then even play against him all the time?

But which of the four film stills is from "X2" — number 1, 2, 3 or 4? Take your pick and see what other readers think.


Daulat - (2020)

Many people might never have heard about this Malaysian political thriller. The movie was made in 2019, prior to the political crisis in Malaysia in 2020, and took just two weeks of shooting. Production costs were a bit over 100,000 US dollars.

The film is free to watch on, an Asian video on-demand service.

Chess plays a significant role in this film as the film poster indicates.

But the chess scene at the very end of the movie is played by two actors who apparently hardly ever touched a pawn or a knight. However, if you have no idea how to play chess, the scene is impressive.

After the moves 1.c3 b6 2. e3 Nc6 3. Qf3 I can sense a plot leading to checkmate on f7. Let’s see if I’m right!

Now the black pawn moves to c1! Holy continuity! While the protagonists are talking, we can see the chess board again. But the whole game has changed completely. Black is now fianchettoed on the kingside and the black pieces are on the a-file, while the white pieces remain on the h-file. A bit later White checkmates Black.

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



Arne Kaehler, a creative mind who is passionate about board games in general, was born in Hamburg and learned to play chess at a young age. By teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess-related videos on YouTube, Arne was able to expand this passion and has even created an online course for anyone who wants to learn how to play chess. Arne writes for the English and German news sites, but focuses mainly on content for the ChessBase media channels.


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