Sayre Youth, Chess, Bobby Fischer

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Sayre Youth, Chess, Bobby Fischer - TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1957 move at the tournament...
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1957 move at the tournament was 45 minutes and the move enabled him to win. The longest single game he played. was a total of two and a half hours or 80 moves on his side. This game he lost. The average game takes about 30 moves per side but a game has been won in only two moves each and another game has required as many as 171 by each player. The tatter game took five days to play. A tournament is a very solemn thing. The one at Cleveland was held in a ball room with all 176 contestants playing at the same time. There is no speaking above a whisper and there are no signs of happiness or disgust. There is no applause, no murmers of appreciation, not even a grunt A dropped chess piece would sound like a shot and a kibitzer forfeits his own game. The . mental strain is so intense that it affects the players physically. Alex lost 14 pounds at Cleveland. Although chess may be played in-"a quiet atmosphere, disputes can be almost as hot as anything in baseball. One man protested vehemently for hours against a' decision that he had forfeited because of time, argument: he still had a seconds to go. The biggest dispute' in His few the tournament was when directors made a mistake in scoring and awarded the title to Arthur Bis-quler, 26, defending champion. A recount revealed that the 14 year old Fischer was . the winner. The championship Is not decided by an elimination system all players complete the entire tournament but on a complicated point basis. , Although chess seems to be enjoying an upsurge in this country, Russia still dominates the field. Of 32 international masters (a master rank Is awarded on a point, not tournament, basis) Russia has about 20 and the U.S. only three. The reason Russian chess players are so good is not a natural superior ability, Alex says, but more experience. Chess is taught in all the schools as a method to develop concentration. The top chess players are subsidized by the government just as the top athletes are. If Alex were subsidized he would probably move to a big city where he coujd get more equal matches and devote himself completely to chess. As things stand now, school (he is a junior and second honor roll student) and his mother break up the games once in a while. As his mother explains: . "Every so often I have to push him out the door to play tennis

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  1. The Evening Times,
  2. 27 Aug 1957, Tue,
  3. Page 6

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