As a passionate chess player himself, Kubrick made this chess scene between Frank Poole, and HAL a realistic set up by basing it on a 1910 gam in Germany played between Roesch and Willi Schlage.
Besides being known for his talents as a filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick is also known for his love of the game of chess. Upon reflection, you might even notice how chess has influenced his style as a director and cinematographer. Having played hustling for money in Washington Square Park and in tournaments, he also continued to play with the cast and crew of his films.
We at 2001AT50 decided to get to know Stanley and 2001 better by visiting a legendary chess shop, close to Washington Square Park on Thompson Street (NYC), where Stanley might have played under the ownership of Grandmaster Nicolas Rossolimo. There we had the great fortune of meeting the shop's current owner, Imad Khachan, chess enthusiast, film and art lover, and doctorate of American literature. Amongst the photos of famous grandmasters and literary heroes, we learned a lot from him and the other chess fans who call Chess Forum on 219 Thompson Street home.