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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

paul-reiners

Is the chess game in the movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows real?  The characters call out their moves in usual notation, but the chess board isn't shown.

Martin_Stahl

I haven't seen the movie yet but the credits (on IMDB) have Adam Raoof (I assume that is the same guy) listed a technical advisor for chess.

If the director didn't change things up to make it more interesting then I would guess it was a real game.

RabbitCold

The chess scene was pretty cool, but so was the whole movie.

paul-reiners

According to Adam Raoof, the chess consultant on the movie, "Actually not much of the footage of the actual game we filmed survived the edit, but it was a famous Larsen game with reversed colours and using some variations."

paul-reiners

The game was based on Bent Larsen vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian (Santa Barbara 1966).

myk99

It must have been a variation, at the start of the move calling I believe it started with a Bishop sac, and ended with a discovery mate. I couldnt remember all of the moves being called out.

paul-reiners
It was a variation actually. Also, the colors were reversed.
SFN

I wrote a blog about the chess-scene and you can read it here:

http://blog.chess.com/SFN/sherlock-holmesa-game-of-shadows

PLAVIN81

coolSmile

knoxsouthy75

I want to know about that timer piece.  That was awesome.  Wonder where I could purchase one.