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  1. 20 Nov '04 19:58
    I am searching for the title of a film about a chess player from England who before taking up chess had a drink problem and spent time in prison on numerous occations, On one such visit he met a chess player who taught him chess and he went on to become a very good player. The bbc made a film or documentory about his life and if anyone could help me out i would be very grateful.
  2. 21 Nov '04 00:12
    Originally posted by knights court
    I am searching for the title of a film about a chess player from England who before taking up chess had a drink problem and spent time in prison on numerous occations, On one such visit he met a chess player who taught him chess and he went on to become a very good player. The bbc made a film or documentory about his life and if anyone could help me out i would be very grateful.
    The documentary/film you're thinking of was called 'The Grass Arena' and it was based on a book by the same name. The film doesn't seem to be available on DVD or video, and the book is out of print. However you might be able to obtain it second hand, through sites such as Amazon.

    Here is the publisher's synopsis of the book:-

    "Winner of the J.R.Ackerley prize for The Best Literary Autobiography of 1988, this is the true story of John Healy, who lived as an alcoholic vagrant before learning to play chess in prison. His dedication to the game and natural ability led him to become a tournament champion."
  3. 21 Nov '04 10:08
    Thankyou David for your help.
    You dont know how happy I am to find this out friend.
    I appreciate the help and hope to get a copy now i know the title.
    I have been looking for ages.
    Take care friend and all the best.
  4. Donation mwmiller
    RHP Member No.16
    21 Nov '04 22:16
    Here's a website for more information. Maybe this will help.

    http://www.thegrassarena.org/

    regards, Marc
  5. 23 Nov '04 19:00
    Thanks for the web page friend.
    Been away for some time and it must be years since I saw the film.
    Hopefully now I will be able to get a copy.

    Yours G.M.