Monday, September 04, 2006

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Last night we watched the 1993 film, Searching for Bobby Fischer, at home. I've seen this flick before, but I had forgotten just how delightful it really is. If the film has a message, it is that it is best to have balance in your life and to be a decent person, even in fierce competition (in contrast to the strange behaviour of chess genius Bobby Fischer after whom this film was named. The film is based on the true story of American Chess whiz, Josh Waitzkin. I was a little surprised when I looked at his website to find out that he is also a champion Tai Chi "push hands" player. Push hands is a martial, two-person form of tai chi where combatants try to use one another's energy to cause the other to be pushed off balance.

Here is a nice little bio piece about Bobby Fischer, who is now 64, apparently living in Iceland.


mister anchovy said...

I can't believe nobody has a comment about this movie....

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