Tobey Maguire plays great American chess player Bobby Fischer in the film showing the events that took place in 1972. Fischer actually played that year with the title on the table a match against Boris Spassky of the Soviet master. Taking place in the Cold War, this match between an American and a Soviet acquired a special symbolic importance. Chess at the time was a sport that he dominated the Soviets, but Fischer was a talent to be reckoned with since childhood. The Soviets wanted their Spassky to win this match to demonstrate that their nation is superior intellectually to any other, so that was huge pressure on both players.