Chess is never merely a game, my friend.
Produced in 1973, “The Most Dangerous Match” was the closest thing to a cold war episode seen in Columbo. An American chess master and grand champion is matched against a kindly, old gentleman coming out of retirement who, in his own right, is still considered the world’s best. See how a classic game of chess, played with salt and pepper shakers, can crack the best of us.
The villain, victim, method, and motive
Columbo facts and trademarks
Lt. Columbo learns about:
Environmentally friendly trash compactors. How chess players are a remarkable bunch.
Went to visit his mother-in-law for a few days.
Taken to the vet for excessively scratching his ear.
This Old Man:
Brown paper bag:
Chili and ice cream:
Offered to take Emmett out for ice cream. Went to a French restaurant instead.
“The Most Dangerous Match”, Season 2 Episode 7
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