Jeff Sarwer

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Chess Player
Date of Birth May 14, 1978
Place of Birth Canada
Age 42 years old
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Jeff Sarwer is a Canadian Finnish former child chess prodigy whose charismatic personality and chess talent made him a well-known media figure. His chess career and his family's unconventional lifestyle were the subjects of many articles and TV shows.

Full name: Jeffrey William Sarwer
Born: May 14, 1978, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
World Champion: Boys under 10, Puerto Rico, 1986

About Jeff Sarwer

Charismatic chess prodigy who became one of Canada's unlikeliest celebrities and a part of the inspiration behind the film Searching for Bobby Fischer.

Before Fame

Learning the basics of chess at age 4, he joined Manhattan's most prestigious chess club at 6, and from age seven put on exhibitions playing 40 chess matches at once.


Popular magazine articles contrasted his prodigious talent with his family's strange lifestyle, suggesting the family was unfit to take care of him, and on one occasion, Canada's Children's Aid Society took him into custody.

Family Life

He and his sister Julia preferred their family life over the C.A.S., and the family moved about in friendly countries to escape Canada's law.


A story of one of his tournament matches was fictionalized in the 1993 film Searching for Bobby Fischer.

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Latest information about Jeff Sarwer updated on March 03, 2021.

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