Searching For Bobby Fischer

Deliberate mistake: Towards the end of the film, Josh is playing a game in the park with Vinnie, and Vinnie asks "What's that?", to which Josh replies "Schliemann Attack." However, this dialogue occurs while the game is still in standard opening theory and before Josh has played the move that introduces the Schliemann Attack (pawn to f5).

Deliberate mistake: When Josh is playing against Jonathan Poe for the national championship, the players should be notating their moves, but they aren't.


Trivia: In the scene in the chess club, when the chess coach points out famous chess players to Josh's father, all the players are actually playing themselves (Joel Benjamin, etc).

Trivia: Max Pomeranc, who plays Josh, is himself a strong chess player. At the time this film was made, he was ranked among the top 100 in the nation for his age group.

Trivia: The movie includes cameos by the real-life Bruce Pandolfini, Josh Waitzkin, Vinnie (kibitzers in the park) and Katya Waitzkin (girl ranked 82nd in the national championship).


Bonnie: He's not afraid of losing. He's afraid of losing your love. How many ball players grow up afraid of losing their fathers' love every time they come up to the plate?
Fred: All of them.
Bonnie: He knows you disapprove of him. He knows you think he's weak. But he's not weak. He's decent. And if you or Bruce or anyone else tries to beat that out of him, I swear to God I'll take him away.

Josh Waitzkin: You've lost, you just don't know it yet.

Fred: He's better at this than I've ever been at anything in my life. He's better at this than you'll ever be, at anything. My son has a gift. He has a gift, and when you acknowledge that, then maybe we will have something to talk about.

More quotes from Searching For Bobby Fischer


Question: When Josh's father is reading a book to Josh, the passage we hear goes something like "And when he saw that the cottage was completely destroyed, the monster fled and took shelter in the woods." Does anyone have any idea what book they were reading?

Chosen answer: "The Vampyre" by John Polidori.

Question: Who is the strong player with the Russian accent whom Josh plays in the park near the beginning?

Chosen answer: Vasek Simek.


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