Thursday, August 11, 2016

House of Cards Chess Scene But Wrong Boards

House of Cards is popular political TV serial produced by Netflix. The story involved character Frank Underwood, who first a congressman then become vice president and then finally the US president. Over the serial it is shown that Francis Underwood actually love to play chess. Here some of the screenshot.

House of Cards, Episode 10 Season 1 
White is winning, best move is Qxa8

but strangely in the movie, Frank moves the queen in the middle of the boards, seemingly in diagonal move, which is not possible since there was a pawn blocking

But in Episode 4 Season 3, the film production destroy our fantasy, the board was setup wrongly. As usual, common Hollywood mistakes when handling about chess scene. The left corner should always a black square, that is the simplest rule to remember.

House of Cards Episode 4 Season 3

As shown, the left corner is white square, so it is wrong. The left corner should always black square, in black and white side of playing.

House of Cards characters :
Kevin Spacey as Francis "Frank" J. Underwood, a U.S. Congressman from South Carolina and the House Majority Whip.
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood, Frank Underwood's wife and the CEO of the Clear Water Initiative, a non-profit organization devoted to environmental awareness.
Kate Mara as Zoe Barnes,
Corey Stoll as Peter Russo, a U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
Michael Kelly as Douglas "Doug" Stamper,
Kristen Connolly as Christina Gallagher

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