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Chess Champ
    (December 4, 1976- )
    Subject of the movie 'Searching for Bobby Fischer'
    Wrote 'Attacking Chess: Aggressive Strategies and Inside Moves from the U.S. Junior Chess Champion'
    Spokesman for the 'Chessmaster' series
    8-time national chess champion
    He never gained the title of Grandmaster. It has been said that he lacks the drive and discipline.
    He learned chess by playing in Washington Square Park. The chess tables there are notorious for bad chess and bets for drug money.
    He learned to play chess at age 6, when many children can't yet read.
    He played chess with the dignity and sportsmanship that Bobby Fischer lacked.
    He had a mixed style of play that confused opponents.
    He played to a draw with world champion Garry Kasparov at age 11.
    He is a Tai Chi champion and has won 10 national titles and 4 world championships.
    He is a spokesman for the fight against a form of muscular dystrophy. For his efforts, he received the key to the city of Memphis.
    He coached his elementary school to the city and state championships and second place in the nationals.

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