Brooklyn Boy Hailed As A Chess Prodigy
Brooklyn Boy Hailed As A Chess Prodigy NEW YORK i-A quiet group huddled around n table In the corner of the Marshall Chess Club, watching, an almost unbelievable game. 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 bod, surprising moves - Bobby outl-foxed his more experienced opponent. . . "Impossibe." .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 Leasing J. Rosenwalk Trophy Tournament. Chess- Review magazine called It the "game of the eentury a stunning masterpiece of combination 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 Rosenwalk tournament the trophy went to Sammy Reshevfky. - the ranking U. S. player but the crew-cut youngster who would rather play chess than eat eastabltehed himself as a young man towatch. New York chess enthusiasts have recognized Bobby's ability for several years". Hans Kmoch, seeretary-manaser of the Manhattan Chess Club, says: "For Ih sage, f don't think there Is any better chess player. In the world. He Is a genuine prodisy and one of the best players in our club." . Bobby appears embarrassed by all the attention rv 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 "My slater 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 o 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 ches all my life," he answers shyly.' "I like tournaments and would like to play in a lot of them, As, for being great, I cdori't know, aboujt that." v -: -,. Kmoch. however, has fewer reservations'. "The outlook -is brilliant. If he continues to proceed the way he has the past- year or two, he a likely to become one of the great- est players of all time." . t' ' J .1'' .EXPERT AT 13: Bobby Fisher studies move on way to victory ovrrDonld JJyrne, one oflhfi best chess players in the L'nlted States. Art School Number Draws Criticism BALITMORE I As the group walked past a new art School on West 25th Street, one woman noticed that the numeral "1" was reversed on the front door. "That's Just like rrjodern artists." she 1 said. JThey can't even make a '7". right. Academy Director Bennard Perl-man came up with the explanation: the transparent glass door had been reversed so It would swing outward, in compliance, with fire laws. TAMPO. Fla. UP) Aa 65, PS Hubbard claims he's painted more bTjroom, murals than any man alve.-. Ih fact, he's been called the Barroom Michaelangelo. But he's never painted a nude, above a bar. "Just beautiful scenery out-' door scenery, I mean. And they end up liking it that way." explains Hubbard who specializes In pastoral scenes or naybe water pictures Vith a swan or two thrown in for a bonus. t The world's mightiest range of mountains are underneath the At- I Iantic Ocean. But, seldom do the , peaks rise far enough above the seas to emerge as Islands. .