- Joshua Waitzkin
Joshua Waitzkin (born
December 4 1976, New York City) is a chessplayer, martial artscompetitor, and author. As a child he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994.
He began playing the game at the age of six, having discovered it while wandering through
Washington Square Parkin New York City. It was there, while playing blitz chesswith the hustlers, that he was "discovered" by Bruce Pandolfini, a chess author and teacher, who later took Waitzkin under his wing for a number of years. During his years as a student at The Dalton Schoolin New York Cityhe led the school to win six national team championships between the third and ninth grades in addition to his eight individual titles.
The first master he ever defeated was Edward Frumkin, in a [http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1328833 game] featuring a remarkable sacrifice of Waitzkin's queen and rook in exchange for a
checkmatein six moves. Waitzkin was only ten years old at the time.
At age 11, he and
African-Americanprodigy K. K. Karanjawere the only two children to draw with World Champion Garry Kasparovin an exhibition game where Kasparov played simultaneously against 59 youngsters [ [http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51269037.html?FMT=FT&dids=51269037:51269037&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Feb+23%2C+1988&author=&pub=St.+Petersburg+Times&desc=Quints+turning+18+Series%3A+people] ] . Two years later, he earned the title of National Master, and at age 16 became an International Master. In the January 2004 FIDE rankings, he had an Elo ratingof 2464, although it is listed as inactive, with no rated games since before 2001. His last USCF rated game was in 1999. This may be due to his recent focus on the martial art Tai Chi Chuan, in which he has won four Tai Chi Chuan pushing handstournaments.
Nevertheless he remains a well-known and popular chess figure, largely owing to
Paramount Pictures' 1993 movie " Searching for Bobby Fischer", directed by Steven Zaillian. The script for this film was based on a 1988 book by Joshua's father, Fred Waitzkin: "Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World of Chess".
Waitzkin announced the JW foundation on April 8, 2008.
"The JW Foundation is dedicated to helping teachers, parents, and educational institutions nurture the unique potential of children and young adults. Our mission is to help students discover a creative, resilient passion for learning while embracing and overcoming challenges".Joshua Waitzkin is the author of "Attacking Chess: Aggressive Strategies, Inside Moves from the U.S. Junior Chess Champion" (
1995) and "The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance" ( 2008). He is also the spokesperson for the " Chessmaster" computer gameseries, and is featured in the game giving advice and game analysis.
In a 2007 book, "The Art of Learning", Waitzkin recounts the story of his years as a chess competitor from his own perspective. He describes how movie fame challenged his concentration on the game, how he took up Tai Chi as a form of relaxation, and then discovered that the same learning techniques he employed in chess enabled him to advance rapidly in martial arts as well. He subsequently studied eastern philosophies and psychology of learning.
Waitzkin is active in the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He does not have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; however, a close friend of his, Jonathan Wade, suffers from the medical condition.
*"The most important thing I believe I've learned [from chess] is the idea of when you have an opportunity, a gift, whatever it is, you take advantage of it."
*During an interview following his first U.S. Junior Chess championship win, when asked what he aspired to when he grew up, Josh replied that he'd like to play for the
*"Studying the opening is just memorizing moves and hoping for traps, but studying the end game is chess."
*Fred Waitzkin, "Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World of Chess" (1988), Random House hardcover: ISBN 0-394-54455-2, Penguin paperback: ISBN 978-0140230383
*Josh Waitzkin, "Attacking Chess: Aggressive Strategies and Inside Moves from the U.S. Junior Chess Champion" (1995), Fireside, ISBN 978-0684802503
*Josh Waitzkin, "The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence" (2007), Free Press, ISBN 978-0743277457
* [http://www.joshwaitzkin.com Josh Waitzkin's official homepage]
* [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10170841 "Chess Champion Offers Success Strategies for Life"] audio interview by
NPRon May 14, 2007about the book "The Art of Learning"
* [http://www.wishtank.org/magazine/well/four_interviews_with_josh_waitzkin_think_bobby_fischer Interviews with Josh Waitzkin]
* [http://www.joshwaitzkin.com/jwfoundation.html JW Foundation]
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