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  1. 24 Jul '12 00:19 / 2 edits
    Fast forward to where Sherlock Holmes was playing a final game of chess with Moriarty right before they go over the edge of the Swiss castle into the waterfall below.

    After a period in which they both played blindfold chess (in effect) by calling out their moves in descriptive notation without looking at the board, Sherlock Holmes announced "Discover check and mate."

    Where was this movie's chess consultant?? We all know it's called "discoverED check" and not "discover check."

    Good grief.
  2. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    24 Jul '12 12:44
    Originally posted by homedepotov
    Fast forward to where Sherlock Holmes was playing a final game of chess with Moriarty right before they go over the edge of the Swiss castle into the waterfall below.

    After a period in which they both played blindfold chess (in effect) by calling out their moves in descriptive notation without looking at the board, Sherlock Holmes announced "Discover ...[text shortened]... nt?? We all know it's called "discoverED check" and not "discover check."

    Good grief.
    At least they didn't put a dark square in the right-hand corner. 😵
  3. 24 Jul '12 12:48 / 2 edits
    The game between Moriarty and Holmes in "A Game of Shadows" was based on an unplayed line of Larsen vs Petrosian, Santa Barbara 1966, but with colours reversed:


    The game actually finished like this:


    The person who gave technical advice about this scene was Adam Raoff, a well known chess player and organiser from London. He will probably be the next President of the English Chess Federation later this year. Unfortunately.
  4. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    24 Jul '12 15:56
    Originally posted by homedepotov
    Fast forward to where Sherlock Holmes was playing a final game of chess with Moriarty right before they go over the edge of the Swiss castle into the waterfall below.

    After a period in which they both played blindfold chess (in effect) by calling out their moves in descriptive notation without looking at the board, Sherlock Holmes announced "Discover ...[text shortened]... nt?? We all know it's called "discoverED check" and not "discover check."

    Good grief.
    Perhaps he did say "discovered" but did not pronounce the ending of the word distinctly enough for you to hear it. So then it sounded like "discover" to you and other people, who do not have exceptional hearing. 😏
  5. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    24 Jul '12 16:00
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    The game between Moriarty and Holmes in "A Game of Shadows" was based on an unplayed line of Larsen vs Petrosian, Santa Barbara 1966, but with colours reversed:
    [pgn]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [FEN "6k1/pp4pp/4br2/2p3b1/3r4/3PNBPq/PP2PP2/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1"]
    [SetUp "1"]

    {--------------
    . . . . . . k .
    p p . . . . p p
    . . . . b r . .
    . . p . . . b .
    . . . r ...[text shortened]... the next President of the English Chess Federation later this year. Unfortunately.
    Why do you consider that unfortunate?
  6. 24 Jul '12 16:26
    I also hated the design of the chess pieces in the movie. Some of the pieces looked like several disks with a rod through the center connecting it to the base. It was not my beloved Staunton pattern.

    I did love the chess clocks. Two circular analog clocks set atop something like a curved piece of metal.
  7. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    24 Jul '12 17:03
    Originally posted by homedepotov
    I also hated the design of the chess pieces in the movie. Some of the pieces looked like several disks with a rod through the center connecting it to the base. It was not my beloved Staunton pattern.

    I did love the chess clocks. Two circular analog clocks set atop something like a curved piece of metal.
    I like the Staunton designed chess pieces too. However, I like the new digital clocks better than the analog clocks, but they would look out of place in that movie. 😀
  8. 26 Jul '12 14:03
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    Perhaps he did say "discovered" but did not pronounce the ending of the word distinctly enough for you to hear it. So then it sounded like "discover" to you and other people, who do not have exceptional hearing. 😏
    Or perhaps the chess adviser did advise "discovered", but the director and/or actors didn't listen. It happens all the time.

    Richard
  9. 26 Jul '12 14:17
    Originally posted by homedepotov
    I also hated the design of the chess pieces in the movie. Some of the pieces looked like several disks with a rod through the center connecting it to the base. It was not my beloved Staunton pattern.
    That sounds (I haven't seen the film) like one of the decorative designs which were common before Staunton had his design made, and in fact its lack of clarity was one of the reasons for its creation.

    Richard