Boy, 13, Amazes Adults With Skill at Chess

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32 Boy, 13, Amazes Adults With Skill at Chess NEW YORK. (AP)- A quiet group huddled around a table In the comer of the Marshall Chess Club, watching an almost unbelievable game. The players were Donald Byrne, a chess master, and B^bby Fischer, a 13-year-old Brooklyn schoolboy playing in his first major tournament. Time and again -- with bold, surprising moves -- Bobby outfoxed his more experienced opponent. "Impossible," whispered one of the onlookers. "Byrne is losing to a 13-year-old nobody." Game Finished "Mate," said this "nobody," and the game was over. Bobby had earned his first victory in the Lessing J. Rosenwald Trophy j Tournament. , Chess Review magazine called i It the "game of the century -- a stunning master piece of combination play performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable opponent, matching the finest on record In the history of cheis prodigies." Bobby didn't win the Rosenwald tournament -- the trophy went to Sammy Reshevsky, the ranking U. S. player -- but the crew-cut EXPERT AT IS -- Bobby Fisher itudies move on way to victory over Donald Byrne, one of the best chess players in the United Statei. "My sister taught me when youngster who would rather play i was 6," he says. "She was chess than eat established him- and didn't know too much self as a young man to watch. New York chess enthusiasts have recognized Bobby's ability for several years. ?NMt6 ZMCpMT Hans Kmocn, ·ccrttary-manag- er of the Manhattan Chen dub, "For hi* age, I don't think there it any better chess player in the world. He is a genuine prodigy the game, but she told me and how to move the pieces. liked it and have been playing ever since." Like* Doe* ht want to continue playing the «Tune and perhaps one of U» great playen? "I could play chen all my he answers shyly. "I like tournaments and would like to play fewer and one of the bent players in ourj« lot of them. As for club." 11 don't know about that." Bobby appears embarrassed by, Kmoch, however, has nil the attention, he has drawn] reservations: since he defeated Byrne. "I just made tlw moves I thought were best," he says modestly. "I WM Just lucky." Wbtrt did* If nei continues to proceed the way be has the past year or two, he'* likely to btoom* ont ot th* M( itejwn « *D dm." ,

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  1. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times,
  2. 17 Feb 1957, Sun,
  3. Page 21

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