World Chess Hall of Fame and HBO Co-Host St. Louis Bobby Fischer Against the World Premiere
May 30, 2011
Assistant Director of the World Chess HOF Shannon Bailey, Bobby Fischer Against the World director Liz Garbus and World Chess HOF director Susan Barrett
The World Chess Hall of Fame (to open in Saint Louis on Sept. 9th) partnered with HBO to host a Saint Louis screening and reception for Bobby Fischer Against the World, a Moxie Firecracker film that will kick off HBO's Summer Documentary series on June 6th. On May 26th, hundreds of chess and film afficianados came to the historic Tivoli theater including several chess luminaries still in town from the recently concluded international matches Nakamura-Ponomariov and Robson-Finegold.

tivoli200.jpgDirector Liz Garbus appeared at the event, and participated in a panel discussion with IM John Donaldson and GM Hikaru Nakamura, moderated by CLO editor WGM Jennifer Shahade. Also in attendance were Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis founders Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, GM Ray Robson and CCSCSL GM-in-residence Ben Finegold.

Earlier the same week on May 24th, HBO hosted a star-studded New York City premiere (you can find Henry Kissinger, Malcolm Gladwell, Cheryl Hines and Sofia Coppola on the online photo album.) The NYC event also featured partnerships with the World Chess Hall of Fame as well as the Marshall Chess Club at Bryant Park. Look for a US Chess Scoop video on that event later this week.

Stay posted on the movie via facebook and see GM Joel Benjamin's review of the film, intertwined with his report on the Sundance Film Festival. Also add the World Chess Museum and Hall of Fame on facebook and twitter.

Photo gallery below by Saint Louis-based photographer Suzy Gorman.
Post film panel discussion: CLO editor Jennifer Shahade, GM Hikaru Nakamura, Director Liz Garbus and IM and author John Donaldson
GM Ben Finegold, CCSCSL Executive Director Tony Rich, Club manager Joy Bray and GM Hikaru Nakamura

GM Ray Robson with Chess HOF Director Susan Barrett in the background

Liz Garbus and Jennifer Shahade

GM Hikaru Nakamura, currently #6 in the World

Jeanne Sinquefield with Hikaru Nakamura

Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis president Rex Sinquefield

IM John Donaldson, Susan Barrett and Macauley Peterson, producer for the Ponomariov-Nakamura live show. 

Jennifer Shahade

After-party chess

Team-members behind the World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum celebrate a successful event.

Liz Garbus, the film-maker behind Bobby Fischer Against the World