Queen to Play

The French movie “Queen to Play” starring Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire is about a housewife/cleaning lady in her mid-forties who takes a sudden and intense interest in chess. She begins taking lessons in exchange for cleaning from the character played by Kevin Kline and begins to beat him fairly soon after that. He encourages her to play in chess tournaments and when she does, she finds if quite liberating from her life of drudgery. This movie does an excellent job of showing how the chess bug can catch people. It shows how the patterns of how the pieces move are so appealing to some people.

Chess players can become very fond of the game–even addicted to it. A healthy addiction, chess is, like exercising or eating right. I would not recommend that children view this movie without a parent, I would recommend that the parent watch the movie first all the way through so that they can edit out one thirty second scene to make sure the kids don’t watch that. But other than that one scene approximately in the middle of the movie it is a wonderful movie for chess players or people who just want to understand why people become so enamored of the game. Here is a preview of the movie. 

    En Passant

    There are a few exception in the rules of chess; things like pawn promotion,…
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    Pawns in Starting Position in Chess

    How the Pawns Moves

    The Pawns are always the smallest of the pieces, and you should have eight…
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    The Mahabharata and the Origins of Chess

    Did you ever stop to wonder where the game of Chess came from and…
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    Chess Blind-spots

    A blind-spot refers to an area of your vision that is impaired while driving…
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    The Bishop and how it moves

    The Bishop is a great chess piece. It has a unique way of moving…
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    The Rook and how it moves

    The Rook is an important piece to use in chess and  not very hard…
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