Dušan Jovanović, Mitja Čander, Eva Mahkovic

Bobby and Boris

Original title: Bobby in Boris

First Production


Dušan Jovanović

Opening night

7 January 2012
Main Stage


150 minutes

The documentary play Bobby and Boris (2010) was (co)written by director and playwright Dušan Jovanović, essayist and literary editor Mitja Čander and dramaturg Eva Mahkovic. The play depicts the legendary world chess championship in Reykjavik in 1972 which also involves the exciting chess games and a look behind the scenes. The contestants are defending champion Boris Spassky and his challenger Bobby Fischer. They are both under great pressure since the year-long Soviet primacy is at stake as well as the Americans’ wish to show their superiority over the Russians. Fischer has numerous demands, character peculiarities and whims which the tournament organizers have to meet. He keeps postponing his arrival to Reykjavik, running late and constantly setting impossible conditions.
The championship turned out to be the “Match of the Century” since the duel between a Russian and an American during the time of the Cold War clearly outlined the complicated and tense relation between the Eastern and the Western bloc. The play Bobby and Boris reveals a complicated psychological background of the chess championship and various manipulations which affected the final result and it is shown as a peculiar psychological war. On the day of the first game one of the contestants fails to show up and therefore loses. A great suspense is created, moreover, also the political powers begin to interfere. The tension whether Spassky will keep his title of the world champion increases all the way to the last game.


Creative team


Eva Kraševec

Drama Igralec: Eva Kraševec | odpri ustvarjalca


Vladim Fiškin

Drama Igralec: Vladim Fiškin | odpri ustvarjalca


Jelena Proković

Drama Igralec: Jelena Proković | odpri ustvarjalca


Davor Rocco

Drama Igralec: Davor Rocco | odpri ustvarjalca


Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca


Miha Knific

Drama Igralec: Miha Knific | odpri ustvarjalca


Blaž Čadež

Drama Igralec: Blaž Čadež | odpri ustvarjalca


Ana Lazovski

Drama Igralec: Ana Lazovski | odpri ustvarjalca


Milan Podlogar

Drama Igralec: Milan Podlogar | odpri ustvarjalca


Aljaž Jovanović

Bobby Fischer

Igor SamoborDrama Igralec: Igor Samobor | odpri igralca

Boris Spassky

Saša TabakovićDrama Igralec: Saša Tabaković | odpri igralca

Paul Marshall

Andrej Nahtigal

Nikolai Krogius

Alojz Svete

Gudmundur Thorarinsson

Saša PavčekDrama Igralec: Saša Pavček | odpri igralca

Tjara Jόnsdόttir

Zvone HribarDrama Igralec: Zvone Hribar | odpri igralca

Lothar Schmid

Petra GovcDrama Igralec: Petra Govc | odpri igralca

Larisa Spasskaia

Valentina Tehovnik


Bobby and Boris


Uroš FürstDrama Igralec: Uroš Fürst | odpri igralca

Igor Bondarevski, grandmaster, coach of the world champion

Matjaž Tribušon

Yuri Averbakh, Grandmaster, President of the Soviet Chess Federation

Bojan EmeršičDrama Igralec: Bojan Emeršič | odpri igralca

Viktor Ivonin, Vice-Chairman of the Soviet Council for Physical Culture, Sport and Chess

Branko ŠturbejDrama Igralec: Branko Šturbej | odpri igralca

Richard Nixon, President of the USA

Gregor BakovićDrama Igralec: Gregor Baković | odpri igralca

Jim Sherwin, chess analyst

Nina IvanišinDrama Igralec: Nina Ivanišin | odpri igralca

Marilyn Monroe, American actress

Davor Janjić

Dimitrije Bjelica, Yugoslav journalist

Milena ZupančičDrama Igralec: Milena Zupančič | odpri igralca

Vera Makarova, retired national champion

Janez ŠkofDrama Igralec: Janez Škof | odpri igralca

Henry Kissinger, US National Security Advisor

Marko MandićDrama Igralec: Marko Mandić | odpri igralca

William Lombardy, Catholic priest, Fischer's second

Gorazd LogarDrama Igralec: Gorazd Logar | odpri igralca

Customs officer



Aljaž Jovanović – Slovenian Association of Dramatic Artists Award for Artistic Achievement 2012 also for the role of Bobby Fischer in the production Bobby and Boris by Dušan Jovanović, Mitja Čandra and Eva Mahkovic, directed by Dušan Jovanović