Chess Fever

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Chess Fever
film poster
Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin
Nikolai Shpikovsky
Written by Nikolai Shpikovsky
Cinematography Anatoli Golovnya
Release dates
21 December 1925
Running time
28 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Silent film with
Russian intertitles

Chess Fever (Russian: Шахматная горячка, Shakhmatnaya goryachka) is a 1925 Soviet silent comedy film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin and Nikolai Shpikovsky. Chess Fever is a comedy about the Moscow 1925 chess tournament, made by Pudovkin during the pause in the filming of Mechanics of the Brain.[1] The film combines acted parts with actual footage from the tournament.


The hero's (Vladimir Fogel) preoccupation with chess leads to him missing his own wedding ceremony, but the marital peace is restored with the help of the World Chess Champion, José Raúl Capablanca.


See also


  1. Leyda 1960, p. 174.


  • Leyda, Jay (1960), Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film, New York: Macmillan, OCLC 1683826<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.

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