Hail Schoolboy, 13, as Chess Prodigy
! Hail Schoolboy, 13, as Chess Prodigy NEW YORK CP) A quiet group huddled around a table in the corner of the Marshall Chess Club, watching an al most unbelievable game. The players were Donald Byrne, a chess master, and Bobby Fischer, a 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old Brooklyn schoolboy playing in his first major tournament. Time and again with bold. surprising moves Bobby out foxed his more experienced opponent. opponent. "Impossible" "Impossible," whispered one of the onlookers. "Byrne is losing losing to a 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old nobody." "Mate," said this "nobody." and the game was over. Bobby had earned his first victory in the Lessing J. Rosenwald Trophy Tournament Chess Review magazine called it the "game of the century century a stunning masterpiece of combination play performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable opponent, matching the finest on record In the history history of chess prodigies." Bobby didn't win the Rosenwald Rosenwald tournament the trophy went to Sammy Reshevsky, the ranking U. S. player but the crew-cut crew-cut crew-cut youngster who would rather play chess than eat es tablished himself as a young man to watch. Gives Views New York chess enthusiasts have recognized Bobby's ability ability for several years. Hans Kmoch, secretary- secretary- QCP y YftlinI CjJ I lUUIMY manager 01 me mannaiiau Chess Club, says: I ' 4 ) v "For his age, I don't think there is any better chess player in the world. He is a genuine prodigy and one of the best players in our club." Bobby appears embarrassed by all the attention he has drawn since he defeated Byrne. Taught By Sister Where did he learn the game? "My sister taught me when I was 6," he says. "She was 12 and "didn't know too much about the game, but she told me where and how to move the pieces. I liked it and have been playing it ever since." Does he want to continue playing the game and perhaps become one of the great play- play- 24-h Bobby Fischer studies move on way to victory over Donald Byrne, one of the best chess players in the U. S, ers? "I could play-chess play-chess play-chess all my1 life," he answers shyly. "I like J tournaments and would like to ; play in a lot of them. As forjo being great, I don't know about ; Z that." Kmoch, however, has fewer reservations: 1 "The outlook is brilliant. If he continues to proceed the way he has the past year or two, he's likely to become one of the greatest players of all time."