Marcelo Garcia Promotes Josh Waitzkin to black belt.
For those of you who don’t know him, Josh was considered a chess prodigy growing up and had a film made about him called “Searching for Bobby Fischer”.
Josh began playing the game at the age of six, having discovered it 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. 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.
Josh recently received his Black Belt under world champion and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu phenomenon Marcelo Garcia, and has set himself the goal of becoming a world champion 2013.
Click here to see - Josh Waitzkin rolling with Marcelo Garcia