Searching for Bobby Fischer
Director: Steven Zaillian
Writers (WGA): Fred Waitzkin (book)
Steven Zaillian (screenplay)
Release Date: 11 August 1993 (USA)
Josh Waitzkin is a typical American boy interested in baseball when one day he falls in love with chess after watching some guys playing in the park, he then challenges his father at chess and wins. Showing unusual precocity at the outdoor matches at Washington Square in New York City, he quickly makes friends with a hustler named Vinnie who teaches him speed chess. Josh’s parents hire a renowned chess coach, Bruce Pandolfini, who teaches Josh the usefulness of measured planning. Along the way Josh becomes tired of Bruce’s system and chess in general and purposely throws a match, leaving the prospects of winning a national championship in serious jeopardy.