Josh Waitzkin (b. December 1976, New York City) is a chess
prodigy, best known through the movie Searching for
Bobby Fischer. Josh's father, Fred, penned this
true story of Josh's discovery of chess and subsequent
successes and struggles as one of the best young chess
players in the U.S. The book was made into a movie by
and released in 1993.
A brief chronology of Waitzkin's chess milestones:
Waitzkin is/was a student at Columbia University
studying oceanography and Eastern philosophy.
Apparently his hobbies include
basketball, fishing, and free-diving.
Waitzkin has been the spokesman for the Chessmaster
computer program since 1997, offering advanced lessons
and annotation to classic games.