New Chess Movie: 'Mate'


'Mate' is not exactly packed with stars, but it has got a Baldwin brother...sadly it's Stephen Tongue out.

However it does also feature cameos by Susan Polgar and Jennifer Shahade, who are also listed as co-producers. Presumably their job was to make sure the chessboard was set up right! Laughing

Seriously, it's nice to see a movie about chess, and it could be interesting, but somehow I don't think this will be featuring in the Oscar nominations next year Wink

The debut director is Alexander Kane.

The synopsis and cast list is below...


The plot from IMDb:

Two former world chess champions battle wits to determine the greatest champion in history. After one is mysteriously killed, the other is unsuspectingly catapulted into a deadly conspiracy that he must win on and off the board if he is to escape the same fate.  

In a world of corruption and deceit, two former world chess champions cross paths and are unsuspectingly drawn into a deadly game of mystery and suspense. Michael Foster and Kyle Kessler are long time arch rivals in the highly competitive game of sixty-four squares. Each has staked his claim to be the best grandmaster of his time. Each has arguably been deemed the greatest chess champion to ever play the game. Yet, beneath the surface of tactics and strategies, there is a truth that engulfs them beyond their calculated geniuses; a truth that suddenly turns their world upside down; a truth that unfolds and forces them on the run from a group of killers who have coerced them into a dangerous game of intrigue. In the world of sixty-four squares, where lies intersect the truth, nothing is what it seems. Inside the mind of a chess king, reality is merely an illusion.

Cast list:

Stephen Baldwin Agent Bradley
Melinda Clarke Dr. Mia Middleton
Mark Derwin David Perkins
Ian Buchanan Victor Von
F. Valentino Morales Von's Bodyguard
Kelvin Brown Paul Quaid
Maven Huffman Von's Bodyguard
Shaz Khan Eric Von
Margarita Timothee Von's Attorney
Mark Plachta Ian Zimmerman
Jae Henson Hostess
Jennifer Shahade Cameo
Susan Polgar Cameo


H/T The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog.