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Show of the week: Bobby Fischer Against the World

Liz Garbus's documentary draws a fascinating portrait of a brilliant but troubled figure.

In 1972, chess grandmasters Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky faced off in Iceland in an American-Soviet showdown that riveted a world roiled by Cold War tensions. This documentary by Liz Garbus (Ghosts of Abu Ghraib) traces how Fischer became the youngest grandmaster ever, achieved world domination of chess with his defeat of Spassky, then retreated into obsession and paranoia. Interviews with chess champion Gary Kasparov and author Malcolm Gladwell help draw a fascinating portrait of a brilliant but troubled figure. Monday, June 6, at 9 p.m., HBO

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