Friday, 16 January 2015

More bad movie chess

Back from a long day setting up for the Australian Junior Championships, I collapsed on the lounge, turned on the TV, and began to watch the latest version of "The Three Musketeers". Very quickly a chess scene popped up, but sadly it was a 'bad' chess scene.
Cardinal Richelieu is playing the King of France and announces 'Check'. The King complains about the relative strength of the pieces, and Richelieu then suggests the King might castle in the position.
Of course the movie is set in a time when the Laws of Chess were slightly different, (and the movies itself played a little loose with historical facts), but I'm almost certain you still could not castle out of check.
To conclude the scene the King ignores the advice anyway, plays another move, and is promptly checkmated, which I assume was intended as a lesson on listening to people smarter than you.

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