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Joshua Waitzkin
Waitzkin 
Photograph © 2004, courtesy of www.joshwaitzkin.com.  
Number of games in database: 214
Years covered: 1985 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2464

Overall record: +70 -73 =69 (49.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (52) 
    B90 B50 B92 B87 B32
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
    B90 B92 B91 B93
 French Defense (10) 
    C01 C10 C05
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C69 C90 C65 C62 C60
 Giuoco Piano (6) 
    C53 C50
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (6) 
    B62 B67 B64 B65
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (32) 
    B57 B56 B30 B23 B67
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (11) 
    D27 D20 D26 D29 D28
 Reti System (10) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Modern Benoni (9) 
    A57 A67 A58
 Benko Gambit (8) 
    A57 A58
 English, 1 c4 e5 (7) 
    A29 A20 A28
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Waitzkin vs E Frumkin, 1987 1-0
   Waitzkin vs A Friedman, 1993 1-0
   Waitzkin vs G Shure, 1992 1-0
   J Sarwer vs Waitzkin, 1986 1/2-1/2
   M Zlotnikov vs Waitzkin, 1998 0-1
   Zsofia Polgar vs Waitzkin, 1995 0-1
   NN vs Waitzkin, 1995 0-1
   Kudrin vs Waitzkin, 1995 1/2-1/2
   Waitzkin vs Palatnik, 1998 1-0
   Waitzkin vs Shaked, 1997 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   United States Championship (1995)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1994 WYCC (open) U-18 by gauer

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JOSHUA WAITZKIN
(born Dec-04-1976, 44 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.

References / Sources

http://tim.blog/2016/03/23/josh-wai... (podcast features this guest)

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

Wikipedia article: Joshua Waitzkin

Last updated: 2017-05-16 13:34:29

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 214  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Waitzkin vs J Sarwer 0-1431985US Primary ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
2. J Sarwer vs Waitzkin ½-½631986US Primary ChampionshipE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
3. Waitzkin vs E Frumkin 1-0311987OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Kasparov vs Waitzkin ½-½281988New York SimA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
5. Waitzkin vs M Papa  ½-½521988Continental Chess CongressC05 French, Tarrasch
6. Waitzkin vs C Hertan 0-1211989Northeast CongressC42 Petrov Defense
7. Waitzkin vs Shaked 1-0171989National Elementary ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
8. J Young vs Waitzkin 1-0611989New England OpenA03 Bird's Opening
9. E Klein vs Waitzkin  0-1191990?A57 Benko Gambit
10. Waitzkin vs B Kreiman  ½-½451991USA-ch U18C26 Vienna
11. Benjamin vs Waitzkin 1-0381991New York opA57 Benko Gambit
12. Waitzkin vs Jirovsky 0-1271992OakhamB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. J L Chabanon vs Waitzkin  ½-½341992OakhamA57 Benko Gambit
14. Waitzkin vs A A Webster  0-1541992OakhamB06 Robatsch
15. D Kumaran vs Waitzkin  1-0731992OakhamA57 Benko Gambit
16. Waitzkin vs S Jacobi  0-1661992US Am Team ChC10 French
17. L Eisen vs Waitzkin  1-0361992US National HS ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Waitzkin vs R Livshits  0-1421992OakhamB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. R Beckett vs Waitzkin  0-1401992OakhamB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. Waitzkin vs M Gatlin 1-0331992US Am Team ChC26 Vienna
21. Waitzkin vs S Cullip ½-½581992OakhamB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
22. D Martinidesz vs Waitzkin  ½-½461992OakhamB57 Sicilian
23. Waitzkin vs M Piper 1-0701992OakhamC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
24. Waitzkin vs Yermolinsky  0-1471992New York opB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
25. Waitzkin vs Kulaots  0-1281992Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
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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? :)
Oct-24-14  dehanne: Is the final game Mr Waitzkin played in the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer apocryphal?
Oct-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: No, it's ahere: J Sarwer vs Waitzkin, 1986
Oct-24-14  dehanne: In the movie, though, I remember Waitzkin winning the game with an X-ray check after opposite colour pawns marching to their promotion square.
Oct-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Next you'll be asking if Fred Waitzkin looks like Joe Mantegna.
Oct-24-14  dehanne: < Next you'll be asking if Fred Waitzkin looks like Joe Mantegna.> I don't know. Does he?
Oct-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: I met Fred Waitzkin long ago, but have no idea what Mantegna looks like, so who knows?

Don't care, either.

Oct-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <perfidious> Joe Mantegna of my fave tv series Criminal Minds, now on its 10th season.
Oct-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <wordfunph> Must have seen Mantegna after all, for I have watched Criminal Minds on occasion.
Dec-04-16  Kamagong42: happy birthday!
Jul-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: He wrote a book for the So fans--

https://www.scribd.com/book/2251256...

Aug-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  technical draw: No kibitzing in 2018. So here goes. I was at a forum where someone asked: Bobby Fischer and Josh Waitzkin at 20. Who would win? Everyone that replied picked Fischer. In fact one ventured to say that if they played 10 games Fischer would win all 10. Waitzkin might at best been a weak IM. Fischer at 20 was a chess monster.
Aug-04-18  nok: <Bobby Fischer and Josh Waitzkin at 20. Who would win?> In a fight? Gonna go Josh.
Aug-04-18  JimNorCal: Agree, Bobby would mop the floor with 'im.
Aug-07-18  pazzed paun: A michael thaler josh waitzkin matchup would make more sense
Nov-15-20  cameosis: robson fischer was a decent player, but the personality cult only flourished because he fled once young and dangerous opposition arrived on the scene, hence all these hypothetical matchups. he would easily be destroyed by 99% of the current top players and maybe some of the second tier as well.
Nov-15-20  Nosnibor: I recall watching him at the Young Masters Tournament at Oakham in 1992 when he was coming up to his 16th birthday. He finished on 3.5/9 and to think that Fischer at the same age had already qualified to play in the Interzonal. There is no comparison, Fischer was way ahead of him.
Dec-28-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: Netflix is offering a movie called "Innocent Moves," probably to capitalize on the popularity of "The Queen's Gambit."

It's "Searching for Bobby Fischer" with a new titiel.

Dec-29-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen:

<Jim> Yes it certainly is. A little crass to be sure, but I wonder if it was ever going to work?

People who already know "Searching With Bobby Fischer" may be disappointed to see a repeat when they sit down to watch "Innocent Moves."

Using the original title- it has <BOBBY FISCHER> in the name so why on earth wouldn't you go with that to get new viewers?

Bobby is the only chess player in history who was ever famous among people who know nothing about chess.

Dec-29-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen:

<Jim> In case you haven't read these already, <Fred Waitzkin's> book about his son, and his book about the Kasparov-Karpov match in New York/Seville, are both terrific.

Wonderful reads the pair of them.

Dec-29-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: Read them years ago.
Dec-29-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen:

I know brah. How, you might ask?

Excellent question!

Because I also recommended them to you years ago, just days before you read them.

According to a recent science article I saw on "reddit." You know I tried to join reddit and they fired me after one post.

I guess that's not much of a surprise eh.

Dec-29-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: Well, my memory must be failing me.

"Searching for Bobby Fischer" was excellent. I'm irritated by the comments noting Josh Waitzkin did not turn out to be a world championship contender. That was never the idea, his father never implied that. It was just about the life of a highly talented child chessplayer.

Jul-16-21  RookFile: It's just the story of a talented child chessplayer whose father used the name of Bobby Fischer to cash in.
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