Genesis Potini was known on the chess circuit as 'The Dark Horse'. He was big, brave and brilliant.
The character from the coast has shot to stardom in the new movie "The Dark Horse" which uses Gen's life as the basis for the inspirational film.
But before the movie, there was a documentary and this provided the inspiration for the performance critics are describing as "career-defining" for leading Cliff Curtis.
The Eastern Knights club just competed in the Gisborne Chess Open over the weekend with 16 year old Paraone Luiten-Apirana taking out second place. Genesis would be proud.
The Dark Horse opens in cinemas on Thursday 31st of July.