Saturday, September 22, 2007
Jeff Sarwer - Josh Waitzkin, National Primary Championship 1986
I was rereading parts of Josh Waitzkin's very interesting book The Art of Learning, and I became fascinated by the story of Jeff Sarwer who is described as a chess prodigy, living a vagabond existence on the streets of New York with his lovely sister and manic depressive father. According to Josh, during the famous National Championship tournament of 1986 (immortalized in the book and film Searching for Bobby Fischer), Sarwer slept in his father's car each night. The game he played with Waitzkin is actually quite interesting and much better than the film itself portrays. I got the score from Jeff Sarwer's website, where you can learn what happened to that phenom of 20 years ago. Be sure to check out the fascinating video footage from his chess prodigy years. His sister is apparently working on a memoir of their childhoods titled Silent Conversations, which is certainly one book I look forward to reading.