Genius, Cold War, KGB and Chess

October 7, 2015 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
820 NJ-73
Marlton, NJ 08053

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South Jersey Chess Club will host a free, open to public,  special event – “Genius, Cold War, KGB and Chess” featuring Dr. Leroy Dubeck, former President of  US Chess Federation, following the release of the movie “Pawn Sacrifice”

Free event open to the public.

Date: October 7, 2015

6:30 – 7:30 Dr. Leroy Dubeck presentation followed by Q&A

7:45 – 9:00 Casual and rated action chess.

Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Indian Cultural Center (ICC) 820 RT 73 S. Marlton, NJ 08053 (across from Outback)

Is it possible that a 51-days chess match between two players in a remote and tiny Nordic island will be watched in anticipation by millions of people around the globe?  What were the stakes in this match of the century that led to the direct involvements of Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev and the KGB from one side and US President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on the other?   Is it possible that Spassky defied direct orders from the highest authorities in a totalitarian regime during the match?


The latest release of the “Pawn Sacrifice” (PG-13), focusing on the world championship chess match between the American prodigy Bobby Fischer and the Soviet genius Boris Spassky, is addressing some of these issues.   This excellent well-researched drama, featuring Tobey Maguire and Liev Schrieber, is playing at several local theaters including Carmike Ritz Center – Voorhees, Regal – Moorestown, and Ritz – Philadelphia.


Dr. Dubeck will comment on the film and the historical events as well as touch on the following topics:

How was the U.S. able to overcome cold war politics, Russia and the KGB to set-up Spassky – Fischer “Match of the Century” in 1972?

How did Bobby Fischer manage to play in the 2nd round of the world championship without playing in the first round?

What was Boris Spassky’s main reason for playing the 1972 match after Fisher forfeited?

How was Fischer convinced to play the last qualifying candidate match against Petrosian in a right-wing dictatorship of Argentina?


Please join us for a fun evening celebrating one of the most intriguing chess moments.