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Monday, October 7, 2013

Fischer Chess Movie 'Pawn Sacrifice': Filming begins in Iceland with Toby Maguire

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hi everyone,

The News of Iceland has just reported that American actor Tobey Maguire is located in Iceland these days for filming of a movie on the legendary Bobby Fischer. The movie is being filmed in Snaefellsnes peninsula, West Iceland. It is estimated that the filming will only take around three days.

The Icelandic firm Saga Film will service the filming crew in Iceland. The movie is called Pawn Sacrifice and Edward Zwick is the director of the movie.

It is probably not a coincidence that they are filming in Snaefellsnes peninsula because Fischer said that he wanted to move there, just before he died. Robert James "Bobby" Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. He is considered by many to be the greatest chess player who ever lived. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Fischer lived in Hungary, Germany, the Philippines, Japan, and Iceland. During this time he made increasingly anti-American and anti-semitic statements on various radio stations. His U.S. passport was revoked, and he was subsequently detained by Japanese authorities for nine months in 2004 and 2005 under threat of deportation. In March 2005, Iceland granted Fischer full citizenship, and Japanese authorities released him to Iceland, where he lived until his death in 2008.

Tobias Vincent "Tobey" Maguire (born June 27, 1975) is an American actor and film producer who began his career in the late 1980s. He is known for his role as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film trilogy (2002–2007).

Liev Schreiber will play Boris Spassky in the movie Pawn Sacrifice. Tobey Maguire will play the legend Robert James Fischer.
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