Killer Moves 

CSI searches for a killer whose victims and locations resemble moves on a chess board, and Greg is forced to turn to an old mentor to search for clues about the next victims.


Alec Smight


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Mary Leah Sutton




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... D.B. Russell
Elisabeth Shue ... Julie Finlay
George Eads ... Nick Stokes
Jorja Fox ... Sara Sidle
Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Wallace Langham ... David Hodges
David Berman ... David Phillips
Elisabeth Harnois ... Morgan Brody
Jon Wellner ... Henry Andrews (credit only)
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jim Brass (credit only)
Ron Glass ... Paul Lomax
Alimi Ballard ... Detective Kevin Crawford
Sarah Lafleur ... Jenny Carroll
David Dastmalchian ... Lee Crosby


Gifted former chess-player Greg soon realizes seemingly unrelated murders refer, by means and position, to chess pieces and moves. That applies also to previous murders in cities where Jenny Carroll's traveling chess demonstration tournament, presently in Vegas, came before. Greg's former mentor points out the serial killer has been repeating the moves of tournament star Karl Schrute against once national champion Troy Parker, who left public life after that very humiliating defeat. Ex-con chess-obsessed Troy-fan Lee Crosby not only has an alibi, the next murders and diverting moves require rethinking the plot. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

5 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The episode centers around murders associated with moves on a chess board. Following the screen with Sidle and Sanders at the parking garage the scene then goes to the lab with the CSI techs analyzing evidence. The song playing is "Your Move" by Yes from 1971. The song alludes to the game of chess as a metaphor for relationships. Lyrics include the phrases "Take a straight and stronger course to the corner of your life. Make the white queen run so fast she hasn't got time to make you a wife. 'Cause it's time, it's time in time with your time and its news is captured for the queen to use. Move me to any black square." See more »


When D.B. Executes a queen-side castle playing chess, he moves his king only one space. In a castle, the king always moves two spaces. See more »


References Change of Habit (1969) See more »


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