Young Brooklyn Schoolboy Is Hailed as Chess Prodigy
4 Casper Tribune-Herald & Star Sunday, Feb. 24, 1957 Young Brooklyn Schoolboy Is Hailed as Chess Prodigy NEW YORK WT A quiet group huddled around a 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 Bchoolboy playing in his first major tournament. Time and again with bold, surprising moves Bobby outfoxed his wore experienced opponent. "Impossible,' whispered one of the onlookers. "Bryne 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 combination r A 1 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. 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 Simmy Reshevsky, the ranking VS. 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. "For his age, I dont 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 Bryne. "I just made the moves I thought were best," he says modestly. "I was Just lucky." Where did he learn the game? "My sister taught me when X 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 like 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." Technical Training Plan Set WASHINGTON (UP) The National Planning Association has urged development of a program to make Latin American nations less dependent upon the United States for training of its technicians, leaders and administrators. The non-profit, non-political re search organization released a study based on U.S. technical cooperation with the republics. It said' in substance that these countries have become too dependent upon the United States for student training and that U.S. colleges will soon be overcrowded unless the situation is changed. It said Latin American universities should be strengthened so they can take over training in the vocational skills, undergraduate studies, training in short courses for primary and secondary school teachers, agriculture extension, and public health service. The Association pointed out that shortages in these areas are holding back economic and social progress in many republics and also is hampering UJ3. technical cooperation. "Training In the United States should be reserved for bona fide graduate study and for public leaders in specialized short courses," the authors of the Association report said. Refugee Brings Piece Of Lenin Statute to U.S. LOUISVILLE, Ky. LH A young Hungarian refugee has given a bronze memento of his country's revolt against Russian oppression to the man who sponsored his stay here. ' . . John Zsitway, . 21, as a mark of gratitude, gave -Al J. Schneider a piece of bronze chipped from, the heart of Joseph Stalin's statue in Budpaest. The statue was destroyed during the height of the rebellion. Schneider secured homes and work for Zsitway and two other refugees who arrived here recently.