Brooklyn Schoolboy Hailed As New Chess Prodigy

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Brooklyn Schoolboy Hailed As New Chess Prodigy - 12 ITHACA JOURNAL Thurs., Feb. 21, 1957...
12 ITHACA JOURNAL Thurs., Feb. 21, 1957 Brooklyn Schoolboy Hailed As New Chess Prodigy NEW YORK W) A quiet group huddled around a table in the corner of the Marshall Chess Club, watching an almost unbelievable game. The players were Donald liyrne, a chess master, and .Bobby Fischer, a 13-year-old Brooklyn schoolboy playing in his first major tournament. Time and again with bold, sur prising 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 Lessing J. Rosenwald Trophy Tournament. Chess Review magazine called it the "game of the century a stunning masterpiece of combina tion 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 air 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." Where did he learn the game? i.J..y OlOiCi lu L4 1 1 1 lilt llit .. J was 6," he says "She was 12lsjLe? us!d A, rt EXPERT AT 13: Bobby Fisher studies move on way to victory over Donald Byrne, one of the best chess players in the United States. Hollywood Narcotic Films Toned Down By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD W Dope addiction is portrayed in, three movies now filming, but the moralists will be pleased to know that restraint 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 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 know about 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." I The recent easing of the Produc- t irn ffiHat all nu;e n arnnf irt i r Ka mentioned in films. But Hollywood is not going overboard. The industry has learned that controversies such as that over "Baby Doll" may help an individual picture sell tickets, but the uproar loses friends for the film business as a whole. "Jeanne Eagels". will show Kim Novak as the gifted actress who brought herself an early death be cause of drink and dope. Her use of narcotics will only be an incidental point in her downfall, say the film s creators. , Nor will dope be dwelled upon in "The Barney Ross Story." The film will show how Ross became addicted in the service and event ually shook the habit, but it will

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  1. The Ithaca Journal,
  2. 21 Feb 1957, Thu,
  3. Page 12

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