“Josh Waitzkin is an American chess player. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. He is the only person to have won the National Primary, Elementary, Junior High School, High School, U.S. Cadet, and U.S. Junior Closed chess championships in his career."
In depth: He began playing chess at the age of six - finding out about the game while wandering through Washington Square Park in New York City. It was there, while playing blitz chess with 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 School in New York City he led the school to win seven 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 game featuring a remarkable sacrifice of Waitzkin’s queen and rook in exchange for a checkmate six moves later. Waitzkin was only ten years old at the time. At age 11, he 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. Two years later, he earned the title of National Master, and at age 16 became an International Master.
I was inspired to make a post on this because it was one of my favorite childhood movies “Searching for Bobby Fischer”, here’s the Trailer for it. There’s also a few movie clips on there, but I’d recommend watching the entire thing whenever you get the chance.
**Note: In the movie he doesn’t have brown eyes, but the REAL Josh waitzkin does if you google his name.