Jeff Sarwer
Jeff Sarwer

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Name: Jeff Sarwer
Occupation: Chess Player
Gender: Male
Birth Day: May 14, 1978
Age: 44
Country: Canada
Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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Jeff Sarwer

Jeff Sarwer was born on May 14, 1978 in Canada (44 years old). Jeff Sarwer is a Chess Player, zodiac sign: Taurus. Find out Jeff Sarwernet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

Brief Info

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


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.

Net Worth

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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.

Biography Timeline


At the age of 7, Sarwer 's enthusiasm for the game caught the attention of Grandmaster Edmar Mednis and he invited him to analyze the 1986 World Championship Match between Kasparov-Karpov on PBS. Sarwer and his sister Julia (who was also a world champion for girls under 10) continued to do this for the rematch in 1987 as well. After this Jeff and Julia became well known in media circles and appeared on various talk shows and were the subject of a documentary.


In 1993 the film Searching for Bobby Fischer was released and Jeff Sarwer's character was portrayed as "Jonathan Poe". In the film's final game, Poe declined the offer of a draw and eventually lost. In reality, Sarwer declined the draw offer by Josh Waitzkin, but the game ended in a draw (because of insufficient material) a few moves later. Under tournament tie-breaking rules, Waitzkin was determined to have played more challenging opponents during the overall competition and was awarded first place, but they were declared US Primary School co-champions. At the time that the game was played, Sarwer was 7 and Waitzkin 9 years old.


After he disappeared at a very young age, many people thought Sarwer would not be seen playing chess again. In September 2007 he resurfaced to the chess scene, apparently without training and entered a 30-minute semi-rapid tournament at Malbork castle in Poland. He finished in third place with a score of 7/9 in a group of 86 players including four grandmasters. Since he had no active chess rating, he was given a provisional Elo rating of 2250 FIDE but seemed to perform above that level. In January 2010 Sarwer gave a long interview to Chess Life Online detailing his experiences from that tournament and talking about his current life in Europe. In August 2010, Sarwer was profiled in the Sunday Times Magazine talking about his father's methods, his chess career and his reappearance in public. Sarwer says that if he decided to make chess a priority, he would do so to become a grandmaster. "It would require at least two years of dedicated hardcore study and practice," he said, "especially in regards to opening preparation" for him to achieve that goal.


Since December 2008, Sarwer has been playing on the European Poker Tour. He has had two final table appearances and earned about $500,000. In February 2010, Bluff Europe magazine ran a featured article about him and his new poker career. He is represented by the player agency Poker Icons.


Sarwer was the subject of BBC World Service's programmeThe Interview on December 19, 2010, in which he candidly recounted his life and his childhood experiences and his relationship with his abusive father. He also spoke of successful years in United States real estate in his 20s and his current success on the professional poker circuit in Europe in his 30s.


In summer 2015 Sarwer participated in VI Shakkinet tournament in Finland. Sarwer scored 5/9, which was enough for IM-norm.

Family Life

Jeff 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.

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Currently, Jeff Sarwer is 44 years, 6 months and 19 days old. Jeff Sarwer will celebrate 45th birthday on a Sunday 14th of May 2023. Below we countdown to Jeff Sarwer upcoming birthday.


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