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Waitzkin 
Photograph © 2004, courtesy of www.joshwaitzkin.com.  
Joshua Waitzkin
Number of games in database: 208
Years covered: 1985 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2464
Overall record: +67 -71 =68 (49.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B90 B50 B32 B87 B92
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
    B90 B92 B91 B93
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C69 C62 C65 C90 C60
 French Defense (9) 
    C01 C05 C10
 Pirc (6) 
    B07
 Giuoco Piano (6) 
    C53 C50
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (32) 
    B57 B30 B67 B56 B23
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (11) 
    D27 D26 D20 D29 D28
 Reti System (10) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Modern Benoni (8) 
    A57 A58 A67
 English, 1 c4 e5 (7) 
    A29 A20 A28
 Benko Gambit (7) 
    A57 A58
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Waitzkin vs E Frumkin, 1987 1-0
   Waitzkin vs A Friedman, 1993 1-0
   J Sarwer vs Waitzkin, 1986 1/2-1/2
   Waitzkin vs G Shure, 1992 1-0
   M Zlotnikov vs Waitzkin, 1998 0-1
   Zsofia Polgar vs Waitzkin, 1995 0-1
   Kudrin vs Waitzkin, 1995 1/2-1/2
   Waitzkin vs Palatnik, 1998 1-0
   Kasparov vs Waitzkin, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Waitzkin vs Kaidanov, 1995 1-0

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JOSHUA WAITZKIN
(born Dec-04-1976, 37 years old) United States of America

[what is this?]
IM Joshua Waitzkin was born in New York City, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. He learned chess by watching the people in Washington Square Park play at the age of six. At the age of 16 he became an International Master.

Waitzkin is the subject of a major motion picture, Searching for Bobby Fischer, a movie based on the book Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World of Chess, by his father, Fred Waitzkin. This movie was directed by Steven Zaillian.

Personal website: <http://www.joshwaitzkin.com/>

Wikipedia article: Joshua Waitzkin


 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 208  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Waitzkin vs J Sarwer 0-143 1985 US Primary ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
2. J Sarwer vs Waitzkin ½-½63 1986 US Primary ChampionshipE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
3. Waitzkin vs E Frumkin 1-031 1987 OpenB40 Sicilian
4. Waitzkin vs M Papa  ½-½52 1988 Continental Chess CongressC05 French, Tarrasch
5. Kasparov vs Waitzkin ½-½28 1988 New York SimA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
6. Waitzkin vs C Hertan 0-121 1989 Northeast CongressC42 Petrov Defense
7. Waitzkin vs B Kreiman  ½-½45 1991 USA-ch U18C26 Vienna
8. J Benjamin vs Waitzkin 1-038 1991 It (open)A57 Benko Gambit
9. Waitzkin vs N Vulicevic 1-044 1992 MCC/ACF Intl New YorkB07 Pirc
10. Waitzkin vs Kulaots  0-128 1992 Duisburg Wch U16mB24 Sicilian, Closed
11. D Martinidesz vs Waitzkin  ½-½46 1992 OakhamB57 Sicilian
12. Taimanov vs Waitzkin 1-061 1992 Enhance-MarshallA04 Reti Opening
13. I Ibragimov vs Waitzkin  ½-½43 1992 MCC/ACF Intl New YorkA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
14. Waitzkin vs M Piper 1-070 1992 OakhamC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
15. Soltis vs Waitzkin  ½-½17 1992 MCC/ACF Intl New YorkB57 Sicilian
16. Waitzkin vs Yermolinsky  0-147 1992 It (open)B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
17. Waitzkin vs A Webster  0-154 1992 OakhamB06 Robatsch
18. Waitzkin vs J Benjamin  0-137 1992 05, MCC/ACF Intl New YorC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
19. Waitzkin vs G Sagalchik 0-154 1992 MCC/ACF Intl New YorkC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
20. Waitzkin vs R Livshits  0-142 1992 OakhamB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. E Teodoro vs Waitzkin  0-147 1992 Enhance InternationalB58 Sicilian
22. R Krant vs Waitzkin  1-061 1992 MCC/ACF Intl New YorkA04 Reti Opening
23. D Kumaran vs Waitzkin  1-073 1992 OakhamA57 Benko Gambit
24. L Eisen vs Waitzkin  1-036 1992 US National HS ChampionshipsB24 Sicilian, Closed
25. Waitzkin vs Fedorowicz  0-142 1992 New York (USA)B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
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Aug-24-10
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  TheFocus: Average time to advance up a belt is 2 - 3 years. Purple belts would have the knowledge and skills to teach. A purple belt in BJJ is the equivalent of a black belt in any other system (just can't promote).
Dec-04-10  chess man: Happy birthday Josh Waitzkin! You helped me discover the amazing world of chess nine years ago; and for that I thank you.
Feb-13-11  obsesschess: No matter what anyone says about the guy, his GOTD today is great value. Plus the lessons on Chessmaster he narrates are very useful to players of all levels.
Feb-13-11  Lil Swine: considering they use fischer's name but yet pay him nothing, and then call him crazy for ranting. The people who are stupid enough to refuse fischer money are jackasses. respect your elders people
Feb-13-11  Penguincw: I wonder when Joshua Waitzkin will become a grandmaster.
Feb-14-11  rapidcitychess: <Penguin> He quit. Something about mastering Brazilian jujitsu or something like that... :)
Feb-14-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: <<Lil Swine> considering they use fischer's name>

The movie is not too bad as a movie, except for the usual Hollywood clichés, but seen as biographical story it's pure trash.

You can read more fascinating stuff on Jeff Sarwer, the pages of the real opponent of Waitzkin.

Feb-14-11  Penguincw: < rapidcitychess: <Penguin> He quit. Something about mastering Brazilian jujitsu or something like that... :) > Ok.Thanks.Maybe he'll come back to the chess world though.
Feb-14-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <Penguincw> <Maybe he'll come back to the chess world though.>

After his career as a shoulder model falls through? (This picture still annoys me.)

I think he has somewhat soured on the competitive aspects of chess. I recall him issuing a broad warning to parents of talented youngsters.

Aug-14-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: http://www.joshwaitzkin.com/bio.html
Jul-05-12  Faustio: ... or how about the "Art of not becoming a Grandmaster despite having decades of time to study, and only missing it by a score of points."

Instead, lets play "Eastern, philosophical Hand-Tapping" to demonstrate our incredible polymathic and versatile abilites.

Dec-04-12  jovack: I'm loving the people coming here to talk smack about him. There will always be haters. "ya wat an idiot, he didnt reech GM so therefore i can make fun of him because im posting on a chess website, which make me qualified"
Dec-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <jovack> True enough-it takes only a computer and some slight knowledge of the game to qualify some out there-in their minds, anyway.

I remember Josh from some US Amateur team events in the early 1990s; the kid could play. One suspects more than a little jealousy because this player chose to pursue other activities. It was the right thing for him to do, and that should be good enough for others. Who is anyone to judge in that way?

Dec-04-12  jowels: I am so glad he is player of the day today. Such a funny bio. Basically he had a positional coach who was forcing positional style play when Josh was all about tactics & attacking. He blames the reason he fell out of love with the game was because he was being forced into a cookie cutter mold which wasn't suited for him. Either way, he brought me to the game!

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

http://cranesongphotography.com/201...

He is all grown up now & finally married to a reality show contestant of all things!

Dec-04-12  Strongest Force: This page is entertaining. I thank all for participating. Josh's experience with martial arts may have been akin to real life Karate Kid stuff: a Russian american kid who was/is a kung fu master who started bullying Josh at a pick-up basketball game. That Russian kid lived in the same building as the Kamskys and could have been a GM. He switched from chess to kung fu when he saw Bruce Lee in The Chinese Connection. This is all true as him & Josh were good friends of mine.
Dec-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nightsurfer: <Strongest Force> If one talks of <linking Chess to Martial Arts> and if one mentions <Joshua Waitzkin> in the foregoing context, one should mention as well that the concept of <linking Chess to Martial Arts> has been created by <Adisa Banjoko>, herewith more information about that: http://www.thechessdrum.net/histori...

<Adisa Banjoko> has founded the Hip-Hop Chess Federation - the link to the HHCF: http://hiphopchess.blogspot.de - , and the HHCF has the vision of merging the cultures of Hip-Hop, Martial Arts and Chess. Herewith a corresponding interview with <Adisa Banjoko> that he has granted to the German daily <"neues deutschland">: http://www.neues-deutschland.de/art...

The HHCF has got stared with a great tournament in 2007, herewith a very entertaining reportage on TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaEL...

<RZA> of the <Wu-Tang Clan> took part in that tournament too, since he is a great fan of chess, please check out the interview as follows: http://chessbase.de/nachrichten.asp...

RZA and his <Wu-Tang Clan> emphasize the connection between Chess and Martial Arts, herewith their famous clip that is an all-time statement on that: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2... ...

Dec-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nightsurfer: ... that famous quote <"A game of chess is like a sword-fight ..."> that has become the programmatic line of <Wu-Tang Clan>'s song <"Da Mystery of Chessboxin'"> is a quote from the famous movie <"Shaolin and Wu Tang" (1981)>, herewith the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u4d... ... the scene when they play a thrilling game of chess (though it is Chinese Chess <"XiangQi"> ...) and when they <talk that talk "A game of chess is like a sword-fight ..."> , that talking starts at <15.51 pp.> ...

Herewith a short clip that just features that very quote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uPA... ...

... apart from that: the title of <Wu-Tang Clan>'s song <"Da Mystery of Chessboxin'"> is the title of a whole movie that is dedicated to the idea that Martial Arts and Chess (though it is Chinese Chess <"XiangQi"> in the movie ...) are sisters, namely Chess is the Martial Art of the mind and Kung Fu is the Martial Art of the body, just have a look at the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgTv... , that movie is amazing, so much CHESS in a MOVIE!

Conclusion: The Godfathers of merging Chess and Martial Arts are those movie producers from the East, and their pupils are <RZA> and <Wu-Tang Clan> and <Adisa Banjoko>: They are the people that run the show!

Dec-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: "World v. Bob" is still the best ever film with a chess theme.
Dec-05-12  Strongest Force: Thx for bringing up that important history <Nightsurfer>. GM M. Ashley is good friends with Josh & actor Will Smith. The GM is a Akido expert & Smith may have introduced Rza & other HH stars to the GM. The Mystery Of Chess Boxing is very important.
Dec-05-12  SugarDom: World Tai Chi Push Hands champion
Dec-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nightsurfer: <Strongest Force> One of the supporters of the <Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF)> is Emory A Tate , herewith a video that features Emory A Tate giving a lecture at an event of <HHCF> that has been attended by <RZA>, <Rakaa> from <Dilated Peoples> and others: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH3e...

BTW, Joshua Waitzkin takes part in <HHCF>-events too, herewith a corresponding clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G0u... ;-)

Dec-04-13  Penguincw: Happy 37th birthday IM Joshua Waitzkin.
Dec-04-13  Strongest Force: How is Josh doing in Brazilian jiu jitsu? Anyone?
Apr-09-14  Riverbeast: There are two films on Youtube that were filmed in the chess circle in Washington Square Park in the 1980s, where you can see several of the real characters portrayed in "Searching for Bobby Fischer"

1) "Men Who Would Be Kings" (a lot of footage of Vinnie Livermore and other park characters mentioned in the book):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7G...

2) "For Love or Money" (more footage of Vinnie Livermore, and a quick shot of Israel Zilber who was also portrayed in the film - "$5 to play Man Who Beat Tal")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLz...

Apr-09-14  Strongest Force: RB, where you been dude? :)
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