Saturday, 25 May 2013

Sydney Film Festival Movies/Docos on chess ......

We had a press release from the 2013 Sydney Film Festival about screenings of two films which may be of interest to chess players/enthusiasts:

Good evening and I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend.

I am very pleased to email you about two films that feature chess, and are playing at Sydney Film Festival. ALGORITHMS and COMPUTER CHESS, it would be great if you could highlight to your readers/members and include on your website, social media and enewsletter.

I have attached images for each and text below along with weblinks and screening times –


Thu 6 Jun
6:00 PM
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2

Sun 9 Jun
4:00 PM
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 3

This documentary follows three budding chess grandmasters, sightless boys from different parts of India, as they battle their opponents and inner demons at the World Junior Blind Chess Championship.


Wed 5 Jun
7:45 PM
Event Cinemas George Street 9

Sun 9 Jun
1:35 PM
Event Cinemas George Street 8

This offbeat mockumentary from Andrew Bujakski (Funny Ha Ha) is set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess-software programmers in the early '80s and was shot with equipment from the era.

Have a great weekend and do let me know if you need anymore information and please do help us spread the word.


Paul Struthers |Assistant Marketing ManagerSydney Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival 1954 to Now: A Living Archive

Doco #1 Algorithms
Official website is here. There is a press release by the film makers on Susan Polgar's blog: see here. And video preview:

Doco #2 Computer Chess
One of my favourite chess/science blogger has a blogpost on the second feature: see here. The official website for Computer Chess: see here. There is a trailer but as befits a doco about computer geeks/nerds it is meant to be a secret teaser. Check out the nerd corner! This doco is great if you wish to see the beginnings of computer chess/engines, the predecessors of the mighty Houdini and Stockfish and Rybka.
Caveat: I am not sure it is suitable for children.

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