|Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis:
Compelling, surefooted drama, based on a true story: A father discovers that his 7-year-old son has a genius for chess,
and enters him in competition, losing sight of what this does to the boy's psyche--and his pure enjoyment of the game.
Poignant, heart-rending at times (especially for any parent) and exceptionally well done. Screenplay by first-time director Zaillian, from the book by Fred Waitzkin, who's the real-life chess whiz's father. Executive-produced by Sydney Pollack.