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in-' in-' in-' Hoee Wed, 1.14 i.mm l.lfiH 1.141, "! rs.i .M tw xyiuv, n. i. inier :Si5 national grandmaster of chess 20'i 20't 2.18 V, 2.08' A3 87 and de late corn- esti- com- u AOOU"- s t0 to at 50-. 50-. , , 4 V, IS-, 20-'), 3-'j 7-1 is-, sot-, 3--i 101"-, He's Chess Champ-and Champ-and Champ-and Shy Boy By Milt Freudenheim (Special Dispatch to The Dea Moinef Trlbune TTr-ttr TTr-ttr TTr-ttr rr r ir .r r t i 3RK Robert J. Fischer asked that 1.21 ! Pre sentation 1.22'i 0f njs second :onse cutive U. S. Chess Champion ship cup be de layed briefly. The presen tation would have conflicted conflicted with his pre parations for mi dy ear e x a minations at Brooklyn's riSCHKR rasm Hih Schooi where 1 15-year-old 15-year-old 15-year-old 15-year-old 15-year-old Robert is in his junior vpnr - Bbby Hscher, said to be the youngest international grandmaster in the history of chess, won't slight his school work. "If I had a lot of money, I'd like to play in chess tour- tour- naments iana notning eisej. But you can't make a living in chess." he savs. I -! -! t A viumsy leen-rtger leen-rtger leen-rtger His Dnze as American chamr was $600. it took th rnmhinpd Pf. forts of a television show. I ' wealthy chess patrons, the u- u- s- s- state department ana the Soviet eovernment to get , Frnno fP hi, m9frhc , r ' last year. And the fact that Bobby away from the chess board is typically just a big, clumsy, shy, self-cen- self-cen- self-cen- self-cen- tered teen-ager teen-ager teen-ager from Brook- Brook- J,as luulcu aru"r of would-be would-be would-be patrons more than once.. But the champ playing chess is another story. He held his own with some of the world's best last summer at Portoroz. Yugoslavia. "Little Bobbv." as enthusi- enthusi- astic Yugoslav fans dubbed him, won the right to return in September, 1959, for eight- eight- man playoffs. Tough Job The 1959 winner takes on world champion Mikhail Bot- Bot- vinnik of Russia in 1960. If by some combination of wizardry and good luck, a teen-aged teen-aged teen-aged American beats the Soviet world champion, the repercussions could be awe- awe- some. In contrast to the United States which ignores chess and kids its experts Russia teaches the game in school. Russian champs are pampered, pampered, given soft jobs and movie-star movie-star movie-star treatment. But like competing with the Russians in Sputniks, polishing polishing up Bobby Fischer will not be easy. "Leave Me Alone" The 6-foot, 6-foot, 6-foot, Chicago-born Chicago-born Chicago-born chess genius wishes the public would please go away. He has spurned the advances of would-be would-be would-be biographers from Readers Digest and the Sat urday Evening Post. I RnKhu ntanJ. 4 U ll. vuiuciiua i ii a i uie press intends to use him in a Consnirarv "tn maLro ckscc I 1 J fc" ""n biitoa nlavprs lnnk lilo fanm, I .uw.k 4.lv, 4U1111JT yXJ- yXJ- pie." Actually, he looks like the t i .. ooy aown tne block. He fa- fa- vors br'Snt flannel shirts (never a tie) rorrinrnv cinr-Wc cinr-Wc cinr-Wc , . " unshined shoes, crewcut brown hair needing a trim. Rnrihir k.al L: i """"J imiiuies llilliseil like a basketball player, long-limbed long-limbed long-limbed and loose-jointed, loose-jointed, loose-jointed, loose-jointed, dropping a chess piece Into place in a fast' game of "Rapid Transit" (10 seconds seconds a move) or "Blitz" (no pauses at all). He likes sports. Some New York reporters have shined up to him by trading him hockey games or hitting tennis tennis balls with him. A ski pro traded ski lessons for chess lessons. Liked Puzzles At Erasmus High, Bobby studied Russian to use in Moscow. "I'm pretty good at Spanish, Spanish, and I like science, astronomy astronomy most of all," he says. Bobby loved puzzles as a baby, says his mother, Mrs. Regina Fischer, a nurse. His parents were divorced when he was 2 years old. His sister taught him chess when he was 6. In fourth grade he won a scholarship to a Brooklyn school where his chess was encouraged. At the Brooklyn Chess Club, President Carmine Nigra Nigra "helped me more than anybody," Bobby recalls. By the time he was 12, die was taking on big-timers big-timers big-timers at the Manhattan and Marshall chess clubs. He was 14 when he beat famed Samuel Reshevsky, then 46, for the U. S. championship championship the first time. Repeating the feat a second year sealed Bobby's achieve- achieve- fcvy t ; - i"o ment. It couldn't be "luck" twice. Chess Strategy Short on friends his own age, Bobby spends most of his after-school after-school after-school hours studying studying books on chess (which he remembers practically "totally) "totally) and playing the game with adults. Winning chess demands athlete-type athlete-type athlete-type training, boning up on opponents' past games, planning strategy. That, plus schoolwork, puts a heavy strain on Bobby's, time. For those who dare hope - to checkmate the young champion, or others just in terested in how he does it, book publishers Simon and Schuster are publishing Bob by Fischer's Games of Chess." Nearing 16, surrounded by chess glory, Bobby is begin ning to notice the world now and then. "The other night he even came up and shook hands with my wife," said a pleased former champion, old enough to be Bobby's grandfather. (Copyright, 1959) Airport Bill Is Assailed WASHINGTON, D. C. UP) The Eisenhower administra tion fought Thursday against a Democratic-sponsored Democratic-sponsored Democratic-sponsored bill for 575 million dollars in fed eral airport grants. "It will cost the taxpayer a lot more than he ought to pay," E. R. Quesada, federal aviation administrator, told the senate's aviation subcommittee. subcommittee. The bill, which would spread the 575 million dollars over five years, is sponsored by Senator A. S. Mike Mon-roney Mon-roney Mon-roney (Dem., Okla.), subcommittee subcommittee chairman. As an alternative, Quesada Quesada offered President Eisenhower's Eisenhower's proposal for a 200 - million - dollar, four-year four-year four-year program limited to runways, control towers, weather and communications communications facilities. In addition to such facili ties, the Monroney bill would allow use of the federal funds for terminals but would bar any spendin; of the money on bars, restaurants, cocKtan lounges, night clubs, and the like. Monronev told newsmen he believes his bill "will be the first bill to pass the senate senate this session" and "it may be the first bill in this congress congress vetoed by the president ... If so, I. think it will be the first Eisenhower veto ever to be overriden." Last year, Mr. Eisenhower Eisenhower vetoed a similar bill with a smaller money total. Monroney's bill would extend extend the present airport grant procram, which expires next June 30, for five years and boost it to 100 million dollars a year. The present figure is 63 million. -In -In addition, it includes a special 75 million fund designed designed for big city jet age landing fields. All of the 575 million would have to be matched 50-50 50-50 50-50 by states or localities as under present law. New York Stocks Furnished bv Merrill Lynch. Pierce, Fenner 4 Smith, S10 Locust llicll Low E.S.T. 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  1. Des Moines Tribune,
  2. 22 Jan 1959, Thu,
  3. Page 26

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