It's OK as movies go, but the advice given to the kid is really not at all what a decent chess coach would give. (You'll know it when you hear it.)
It was his word in movie when he got beat with belt and shoe and lock in cage in basement no food or water for many day after losing chess game. Yes father sometime "push" son hard in sport but what happen to this boy is TOO MUCH even coming from hardened Uzbek battle veteran.
I read in Uzbek press that Josh Waitzikin father learn of these technique by study of Uday Hussein when Uday was control of Iraqi Olympic sport team.
Put down the pipe, and back away slowly.
I heard the same thing about Uday Hussein and Josh Watizkin's father on the Italian television show "Report".
Odd, he didn't mention it in the book he wrote when he was 18. Read "Attacking Chess." Sounded like him, and his dad had the greatist relationship in the world. Read it, and you'll know what I mean.
I only paid 3 or 4 bucks for mine. :)
Bruce Pandolfini is a columnist here, right?
He could post his opinion
I'm sure he's seen the movie. I'd like to know his opinion of that scene.
That sounds like really sick and abusive parenting. No wonder he gave up
competitive chess down the road!
I just read an article by him, where he says he was lucky to have such wonderful parents.
Abused children often live in denial.
He's hardly a child anymore. I guess you would rather believe some bs internet rumor, than Waitzkin himself, who should know.
All living people get to be children first. If there are any more of these rigorous cognitive leaps I can shepherd you across, let me know.
He told about his childhood in his book, but don't facts get in the way of your convictions.
“Josh didn’t have enough of a killer instinct to be successful in chess. That’s probably why he switched to something more peaceful.”
it is a bit wierd statement coming from number 1 in the world. why the need to say this.
I have seen many games by Josh there he showed he was a fighter.
Maybe Carlsen was joking but I don´t know.
I rented a waitzkin book from the library years back i think it was attacking at chess, it was an energetic powerful look at what seemed to me at the time a moderately interesting board game. I love chess today, i really don't know if that would be the case without his book
As far as I know, that's the only chess book he's ever written. The Art of Learning isn't about chess.
id have to go back and read it now- but at the time really gripped me, got me excited and blood thirsty
too bad he didnt write more
Buy it. It's cheap.
think i will