♡ 22 ( +1 | -1 ) Yea!I saw that movie. That's not right! My God! I can't believe the things that woman did with those chess pieces. And poor mcQueen, stuck there with no tournament director. She beat him like a child!
♡ 163 ( +1 | -1 ) Does..."From Russia with Love" (1963?) count (2nd James Bond film)? A baddy is a Russian Chess Player. He gets kicked in the shins with poisoned boots by the woman baddy for failing to dispatch Bond.
Also a Columbo entitled "The Most Dangerous Match" (1973) - Plot from welcome.to/columbo
"American grand master Emmet Clayton is anxious to prove he is the greatest living chess player. Some experts have suggested that he would never become world champion if the top soviet player, Tomlin Dudek, hadnít been forced into inactivity by ill health. All those doubts are soon erased, though. Claytonís former fiancee, Linda Robinson, now a close friend of Dudekís, has arranged a match in Los Angeles."
The best bit is where it cuts from from the chess theme to Columbo for the first time in the episode where he is playing checkers with a vet when his dog is ill "I jump you, you jump me!" - its quite a clever satirisation of serious chess... :-)
There's also a very poor film called "Knight Moves" (year unknown - my guess mid 1980's) where the baddy kills people in a seemingly random order, but it turns out that when a chessboard is transposed over the city, the locations of the murders fit in with the first few moves of a certain chess opening (can't remember which one) - however, that is the only 'novelty' in the film... the rest is your standard increasing-body-count-cop-finds-and-kills-baddy.