- Dates: 17th – 23rd April 2020
- Venue: Gala Theatre
- Director: Fred Wharton
- Musical Director: Malcolm Moffat
- Choreographer: Kathleen Knox
Chess is used as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and the US-Soviet rivalry during the Cold War. The main characters form a love triangle: the ill-mannered American Grandmaster, the intense Russian champion who plans on defecting to the West, and the Hungarian-American female chess second, who arrives at the International Championships with the American but falls in love with the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand.