Josh Waitzkin Biography, Books, Chess, Net worth, Married and Interview

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Josh Waitzkin Biography

Josh Waitzkin born as Joshua Waitzkin is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. During his childhood he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. In a movie based on the book Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World of Chess he is the subject of a major motion picture, Searching for Bobby Fischer, by his father, Fred Waitzkin.

Josh Waitzkin Age

Waitzkin was born on December 4, 1976 in New York City. He is 41 years old as of 2018.

Josh Waitzkin Married

Waitzkin married Desiree Cifre, a screenwriter and former contestant on The Amazing Race on April 23, 2010.

Josh Waitzkin Books

Waitzkin has written two books. The first book is Attacking Chess: Aggressive Strategies, Inside Moves from the U.S. Junior Chess Champion (1995) and the second is The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance (2008), an autobiographical discussion of the learning process and performance psychology drawn from Waitzkin’s experiences in both chess and the martial arts. Also he is the spokesperson for the Chessmaster video game series, and is featured in the game giving advice and game analysis.

Josh Waitzkin Chess |Josh Waitzkin Chess Games

While walking with his mother in New York City’s Washington Square Park at the age of six Waitzkin noticed the game of chess being played. Waitzkin started studying the game with his first formal teacher Bruce Pandolfini at age seven. His time as a student at Dalton he led the school to win seven national team championships between the third and ninth grades, in addition to his eight individual titles. Waitzkin enrolled at Columbia University in 1999, where he studied philosophy.

Edward Frumkin was the first master Waitzkin defeated , in a game featuring a sacrifice of Waitzkin’s queen and rook in exchange for a checkmate six moves later. At that time Waitzkin was ten years old. At age of 10 Waitzkin and fellow prodigy K. K. Karanja were the only two children to draw with World Champion Garry Kasparov in an exhibition game where Kasparov played simultaneously against 59 youngsters. Waitzkin five years later, he earned the title of National Master, and at age 16 became an International Master.

Waitzkin since 1999 he has not played in a US Chess Federation tournament, and his last FIDE tournament was before 2000.

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The Art Of Learning Josh Waitzkin

In The Art of Learning Waitzkin takes readers to his unique journey to excellence. Waitzkine explains in clear detail how a well-thought-out, principled approach to learning is what separates success from failure. Waitzkin believes that achievement, even at the championship level, is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative, resilient growth process. Rather than focusing on climactic wins, Waitzkin reveals the inner workings of his everyday method, from systematically triggering intuitive breakthroughs, to honing techniques into states of remarkable potency, to mastering the art of performance psychology.

Josh Waitzkin Net Worth

Waitzkin’s 2018 estimated net worth is Under Review up from Under Review in 2017 with estimated 2017-2018 earnings and salary.

Josh Waitzkin Tai Chi

Waitzkin’s focus shifted to the martial art Aikido as a young adult . He holds several US national medals and a 2004 world champion title in the competitive sport of Taiji Push Hands (Taiji Tui Shou). At the Tai Chi World Cup in Taiwa Waitzkin also became a championship coach, leading Grandmaster William C. C. Chen’s US Push Hands Team to several titles, guiding teammates Jan Lucanus and Jan C. Childress to their world titles.

Josh Waitzkin Jiu Jitsu |Josh Waitzkin Martial Arts

He is  a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under world champion and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu phenomenon Marcelo Garcia.

Waitzkin is also the co-founder of and The Marcelo Garcia Academy, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school located in New York City.

Josh Waitzkin Chess Rating

2005158 – Waitzkin, Joshua
Federation – United States of America
FIDE title – International Master
Rating – std.2464
2464 – rapid
Online Rating – Not rated. Get rating.
B-Year – 1976
Sex – Male

Searching For Bobby Fischer Josh Waitzkin

Searching for Bobby Fischer is a movie which was released in the United Kingdom as Innocent Moves. It is a 1993 American drama film written and directed by Steven Zaillian. This film was Zaillian’s directorial debut, and stars Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley and Laurence Fishburne. It is based on the life of prodigy Waitzkin chess player Joshua , played by Pomeranc, and adapted from the book of the same name by Joshua’s father Fred.

Josh Waitzkin Quotes

  1. The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.
  2. At the very core of my relationship to learning is the idea that we should be as organic as possible. We need to cultivate a deeply refined introspective sense, and build our relationship to learning around our nuance of character.
  3. In America, people focus on the end result; they focus on the star.
    Very gifted people, they win and they win, and they are told that they win because they are a winner. That seems like a positive thing to tell children, but ultimately, what that means is when they lose, it must make them a loser.
  4. I have never considered myself a prodigy. Others have used that term, but I never bought in to it.
  5. One thing about the business and investing world that I connect to very intimately is that there is little room to deny the harsh realities of your mistakes. A bad call can lose you many millions.
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