Boy Is Hailed Chess Prodigy

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Boy Is Hailed Chess Prodigy - I ' i - 'A Boy Is Hailed Chess Prodigy NEW YORK...
I ' i - 'A Boy Is Hailed Chess Prodigy NEW YORK (AP) A quiet group huddled around a j table in the corner of the Marshall Chess Club, watching an almost unbelievable game. EXPERT AT 13: Bobby Fisher studies move on way to victory over Donald Byrne, one of the best chess players in the United States. Quincy Datebook TUESDAY: Quincy Rotary Club, 1 p.m., Woman Ciub. Army Recruiter, 11-30-2:30 p.m., Pont Office. Navy Recruiter, 10:30 a.m. -12 noon, I"ot Offlcf Quincy PTA, Quincy School, 3:43 p.m. Quincy Lion Club, 7 p.m., Legion Home. American Legion Auxiliary, t p.m., Legion Home. WEDNESDAY: Quincy Jaycees, II noon, Quincy Hotel. Qulnry Exchange Club, 1 p.m., Woman's Club. Civil Air Patrol, S p.m. Air Force Recruiter, 1 p.m., Post Office. Korlda Employment Service Representative, 10-11 a.m.. C. of C. office. Hospital Auxiliary Meeting, 10 a.m., Oadsden County Hospital, THURSDAY: Financial Responsibility taw Representative, 8-11 a.m.. Court House. Marine. Recruiter, 8-12 Pout Office. Intermediate Girl Scouts. 3:45 p.m., Scout Room, Woman's Club. The players were Donald Byrne, a chess master, and Bobby 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." "Mate," said this "nobody," and the game was over. Bobby had earned his first victory in the Lesslng J. Rosenwald Trophy Tournamsnt. Chess Review magazine called it the "game of the century a stunning masterpiece - of com-blnation play performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable 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 youngster who would rather play chess than eat established himself as a young man to watch. New York chess enthusiasts have recognized Bobby's ability for several years. Hans Kmoch, secretary-manager 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 mod estly. 'T was Just lucky." 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, buthetold ae where and how to move the pieces. I liked it and have been playing it ever sinct." Does he want to continue playing the game and perhaps become 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 of them. As for being great, I don'-t-fcnow about that." Kmoch, however, has fewer reservations: "The outlook is brilliant. If he continues to proceed the way hs has the past year or two, he's likely to become one of the greatest players of all time." DALTON & BROWN PRESCRIPTIONS 1311 Miccosukee Rd. Ph. 2-5898 DRIVE-IN WINDOW Bill-The-Bank CALL US ANYTIME UNTIL 8 P. M. FOR TV REPAIRS All Makes and Models Ph.2-2741 "RED" SMITHS OPEN DAILY 'TIL 9 P.M. 1830 N. Monroe

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  1. Tallahassee Democrat,
  2. 19 Feb 1957, Tue,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 18

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