That’s How Movies and TV Shows Use Chess as a Metaphor


This is the easiest to understand video explaining how Hollywood films and television shows use the game of chess to demonstrate points about their plots or characters. He uses examples like The Wire, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Independence Day, and many more. It is quite interesting and after watching this video I will keep my eyes open for chess to appear again in any movie or show. Most of the time I feel like it’s somewhat obvious what the filmmakers are trying to say when they use this metaphor, but I’d never taken a close look at the way it’s used in 2001: A Space Odyssey and how that could be read as the foreshadowing of what comes later.

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