Legend Of The Chess Slayer
I love chess.
When I was younger I got my first job in TV as the BBC junior commentator of the World Chess Championship clash of Kasparov vs. Karpov, at the Park Lane Hotel in London. I was around ten, and it was the most exciting thing ever. I was so nervous but it was short-lived, as the program, which was supposed to air at 4 pm, suddenly shifted its time to 11 pm. As such, they figured no kids would be up, so they brought in adult commentators instead. Nevertheless, I watched the games from the balcony, where only the TV cameras and crew were allowed. It was incredibly exciting.
I was on my school chess team and played tournaments every week. But I realized early on when I played a British champion younger than me that chess wouldn’t be my destiny. He wiped the floor so easily with me.
I moved to New York to go to NYU and my first week there, wandered Washington Square Park and came face to face with the chess hustlers. I sat down and again, ten minutes and $40 later, was sent packing by such brilliance and mastery: and fully embraced my new found moniker fish.
As a filmmaker, I’ve always enjoyed thrillers and edgy material and started the horror channel Don’t Turn Around, where each week I put out a new and original horror story.
Legend Of The Chess Slayer came about essentially because of my love of chess. It’s a story I’d love to one day turn into a movie, but for now, until I can scramble together a budget: I present it as a narrated story which I truly hope both chess aficionados and others will enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC44qe0yIvg&t=25s