10 July 2022

Chinese Whispers

There is something very wrong here. Either this video is not an accurate summary of the movie 'Pawn Sacrifice' or the movie is not an accurate portrayal of the life of Bobby Fischer or both. I think it's both. Starting with the title of the video, what exactly are we talking about?

200+ IQ Young Man Successfully Beat the World's No. 1 Chess Player (9:14) • '[Published on] Jul 10, 2022'

The description was incoherent,

Hy welcome to Storyline Movie, on this video we will recap the movie inspirational • this is the short full recaps film • Enjoy for watching guys...

The saying 'Chinese whispers' - meaning and origin (phrases.org.uk): 'Inaccurately transmitted gossip'. According to Google, the phrase 'Chinese whispers' isn't pejorative, like saying 'It's all Greek to me' isn't pejorative. And, yes, 'Greek to Me' could have been the title of this post.

According to Wikipedia's Pawn Sacrifice, former World Champion Anatoly Karpov said, 'Maybe the film is not bad for the popularization of chess, but its content is terrible. There are many inaccuracies.' Copy that. As for the theme 'Bobby the Madman', see my previous post The Ponterotto Connection (November 2015). The genie is out of the bottle and it's not going back in.

Another Fischer fantasy popped up on the radar for this month's featured video: The Tragic Story of the World's Greatest Chess Player (youtube.com). Its description said,

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If you're having trouble sleeping, try counting the number of inaccuracies in the clip. On the plus side, it includes some vintage Fischer footage.

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