To celebrate Liz Garbus’ documentary premiere of “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” the World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum is flying in four of America’s greatest chess players and world champions to the Sundance Film Festival.
They are two-time American Women’s Champion Jennifer Shahade, Women’s International Master Iryna Zenyuk, Grand Master Alexander Shabalov and Grand Master Joel Benjamin.
“They are going to be set up all over the festival in the first weekend,” Garbus said. “Festival-goers will be able to sit down with these champions and get chess tips, or, if brave enough, play against one of them.”
In addition, the Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery, 444 Main Street, will exhibit world-renowned photographer Harry Benson’s never-before-seen Bobby Fischer Collection. The exhibit will run Jan. 21-24. A reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Here is the schedule of the American chess players appearances:
Friday, Jan. 21, 1:30 p.m. 4 p.m. at the reception above.
Friday, Jan 21, 4 p.m. 6 p.m., at the Festival Co-op, 628 Main Street.
Saturday, Jan 22, 1 p.m. 3 p.m., at the Sundance House, 638 Park Avenue.
Sunday, Jan 23, 11 a.m. – 1p.m., at the Festival Headquarters in the Park City Marriott, 1895 Sidewinder Drive.
“We’re hoping people will take advantage of these appearances of these gifted chess players,” Garbus said. “They all are very approachable and we hope people will come by.” Scott Iwasaki