Featuring Original Music By James Newton Howard

Lakeshore Records will release the PAWN SACRIFICE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 11, 2015. The album features original music by James Newton Howard (NIGHTCRAWLER, MALEFICENT).

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

James Newton Howard is one of the most versatile and respected composers currently working in films. To date, Howard has received eight Oscar® nominations, including six for Best Original Score for his work on DEFIANCE, MICHAEL CLAYTON, THE VILLAGE, THE FUGITIVE, THE PRINCE OF TIDES, and MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING. He was also nominated for Best Original Song for the films JUNIOR and ONE FINE DAY.

Howard, along with Hans Zimmer, won the 2009 Grammy® Award for the score for THE DARK KNIGHT. He has also received Grammy Award nominations for music from BLOOD DIAMOND, DINOSAUR, SIGNS, and the song from ONE FINE DAY. In addition, he won an Emmy® Award for the theme to the Andre Braugher series GIDEON’S CROSSING, and received two additional Emmy nominations for the themes to the long-running Warner Bros. series ER and the Ving Rhames series MEN.  Howard has also been nominated four times for Golden Globe Awards for his massive orchestral score for Peter Jackson’s blockbuster remake of KING KONG; for the songs from JUNIOR and ONE FINE DAY; and for his provocative symphonic score for DEFIANCE.

Howard, who has been honored with ASCAP’s prestigious Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement, now has more than 120 films to his credit. Among them MALEFICENT, THE HUNGER GAMES, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and MOCKINGJAY PART 1, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, THE BOURNE LEGACY, SALT, GNOMEO & JULIET, THE GREEN HORNET, and HILDAGO, among others.

Howard’s upcoming projects include THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 and CONCUSSION.

Bleecker Street presents PAWN SACRIFICE in select theaters September 16, 2015.  The PAWN SACRIFICE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available digitally September 11, 2015.


1. There’s Usually One Right Move (3:09)
2. Bobby Plays Carmine (1:58)
3. Ping Pong (3:35)
4. Boris Spassky (1:51)
5. Reading About Spassky (1:29)
6. Forfeit (4:37)
7. Bobby Plays Boris (1:05)
8. Bobby Wins (5:46)