Brooklyn Boy, 13, Is Chess Prodigy

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one-shot Holy-oke, Brooklyn Boy, 13, Is Chess Prodigy New York (JP) A quiet group huddled around a table in the corner of the Marshall Chess Club, watching. an almost unbelievable unbelievable game, . . ' ; , The players were Donald ByrneT 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 ihoves Bobby out-foxed out-foxed out-foxed his more experienced opponent . . ' "Impossible," whispered one of the onlookers. "Byrne is losing to a 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old nobody." First Tourney Victory "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 a stunning masterpiece of combination combination play performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable "opponent, "opponent, matching the finest on record in the history of chess prodigies." Bobby didn't win the 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 established Himself Himself as a young man to watch. Ability Recognized New York chess enthusiasts have recognized Bobby's ability for several years. Hans Kmoch, secretary-man secretary-man secretary-man ager of the Manhattan Chess Club, says: "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. "I just made the moves I thought were best," he says modestly. "I was just lucky." 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 play- play- ins the game and perhaps be come one of the great players? "I could play chess all my life." he answers shyly. "I like tournaments and would like to Play in a lot o them- them- A for great, i ooni Know aooui being that." Kmoch, however, has fewer reservations: "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." 1 - -vv -vv J j i ill iHmmmT"! in mmrnm-- rr i EXPERT AT 13 Bobby Fisher studies move on way to victory over Donald Byrne, one of the best chess players in the United States. Academy of Sciences Names Bell Researcher Murray Hill Hendrik Wade Bode of 153 Beech wood Rd., Sum mit, director of research in physi cal sciences at the Bell Labs here, yesterday was elected to the Na tional Academy of Sciences. He was among 30 new members named at the 94th annual meeting in Washington of the Academy, which is composed of 500 of the nations leading research scientists. scientists. Members are chosen on the basis of original contribtuions to science. Eden Continues Cains Boston UP) Continued im provement was "reported today in the condition of British former Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden, 59. The statesman was operated on for bile duct obstruction at New England Baptist Hospital Apr. 13 after a flight from New Zealand where he had been rest- rest- from

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  1. The Courier-News,
  2. 24 Apr 1957, Wed,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 18

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