This is the story of 18-year-old boy named Tommy (Nicholas Wright) & his father (Robert Jadah), who after the death of Tommy's mother move to her hometown. Unknown to them is that Tommy's mother was a chess superstar back home. The entire town is obsessed with the game & the school's jocks are the chess team. Through romance with a chess cheerleader (Rachelle Lefevre) & rivalry with the team captain (James A. Woods), Tommy uses his natural & apparently inherited talents for chess to help the school win the chess match against their rivals, the Russians.