| Sep 10, 2014
| 8:30 PM
"Pawn Sacrifice," the chess drama starring Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber as Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, has found a U.S. home.
Andrew Karpen's newly minted distribution company Bleecker Street has acquired the domestic rights to the movie,...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 10:30 AM
For a few hours over the weekend, the Toronto Film Festival looked like its old self -- a wild game of "Let's Make a Deal." After Chris Rock's "Top Five" premiered on Saturday night to ecstatic reviews, at least three studios entered a horse race to scoop...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The moves are none too surprising but the psychological back-and-forth still compels attention in "Pawn Sacrifice," director Edward Zwick's conventionally well-crafted dramatization of the life of Bobby Fischer. Revisiting that astonishing moment when a...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 6:16 PM
When Russia began to interfere militarily in Ukraine earlier this year, President Obama said he didn't view that country as a part of a Cold War chess game. Unfortunately, Vladimir Putin didn't agree.
The crisis began when Putin wrongly perceived...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 4:27 PM
If you haven't been keeping up with the local news, I'm the "professor arrested and promoted while in prison."
Over the last year, due to a concatenation of bad luck and even worse judgment, I spent portions of my summer and spring break in a "pre-trial...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 9:46 PM
The world of college football has changed.
Nothing shows that more that the way UCLA defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich plans to approach this season. His linebackers are chess pieces.
Sure, Myles Jack and Eric Kendricks will rarely leave the field....
| Aug 11, 2014
| 3:37 PM
Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov failed Monday to unseat an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin as head of the World Chess Federation.
The 110-61 defeat of Kasparov, now a human rights activist and opposition leader living in exile, was...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 11:49 AM
There are no such things as baby steps when youngsters jump feet-first into the world of competitive chess.
Annie Wang was 5 when she first saw the 32 classic chess fixtures: knights, bishops, rooks, pawns and the king and queen. “I thought they...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 4:38 AM
A Chinese court has sentenced three people to death and five others to prison in connection with a deadly terrorist attack in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last fall, authorities said Monday.
Two pedestrians were killed and about 40 were injured in...
| Jul 20, 2014
Like many of her fellow students at the University of Chicago, Darrian Robinson texts frequently, is in a sorority and likes to spend her free time binge-watching popular TV shows, like "Orange Is the New Black" and "New Girl."
But among the...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 2:08 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Wait. Isn't that ...?
I was just entering Independence Hall Park in Philadelphia when the man strode past me, too quickly to see much more than a blur. An anachronism, this elderly gentleman in his heavy tan tailcoat and silver-...