Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 17

A Game of Chess

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Jan 14, 1968 on CBS
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A Game of Chess
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Nicholas Groat, a grandmaster chessplayer, organizes a team that plans to steal gold intended for the underground in an Eastern bloc country that was intercepted by the country's authorities. The IMF must recover the gold from the authorities and keep Groat from getting it.

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  • Checkmate.

    7.0
    As usual, the plan the team devises is clever. They insinuate themselves into the villain's confidences by tricking him into using their Macguffin magic machine (the chess-playing computer that defeats a time-lock), but where the show should be the most suspenseful (the heist) it falls flat. The best part of this episode is the chess match, where Rollin defeats Groate with the aid of the computer and a hearing aid. Like a lot of other land-locked "M:I" episodes, "A Game of Chess" suffers from its claustrophobic atmosphere. Sometimes, this works, but when the plot doesn't advance at a good clip, it can be stifling. Here, we have the ingredients for a great climax, but it really disappoints. Groate is a sinister-enough villain, and it is nice to see him fall for the con as hard as he does, but you never really get the sense that he's the criminal mastermind that the tape hints at.moreless
Peter Graves

Peter Graves

James Phelps

Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain

Cinnamon Carter

Greg Morris

Greg Morris

Barney Collier

Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Rollin Hand

Peter Lupus

Peter Lupus

Willy Armitage

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

IMF Voice on Tape (uncredited)

Don Francks

Don Francks

Nicholas Groat

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Curt Lowens

Curt Lowens

Captain Stevya

Guest Star

Lou Robb

Lou Robb

Clerk

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