Great Encounter: the late chess maestro Genesis Potini

From Saturday Morning, 11:30 am on 6 September 2003


Scenes from the 2003 documentary Dark Horse.

Once a heralded chess champion, Genesis Potini spent many years in and out of mental institutions, battling with severe bipolar disorder.

He was also known as a formidable communicator, a teacher, chess coach and up-front advocate for mental health issues.

Genesis Potini died of a heart attack aged 46 on the 15th August 2011.

Kim Hill talked with Genesis on the eve of the 2003 screening of the award-winning documentary 'Dark Horse' which inspired the making of a movie of the same name now showing nationwide.