Brooklyn Schoolboy Hailed as Chess Prodigy

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photo report in animal B6, Surgery. Brooklyn Schoolboy Hailed as Chess Prodigy NEW YORK (AP) -- 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 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," nnd 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 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 iin 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." · · · 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 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 lot of them. As for being great, 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." to van-colored agatized stone after silt and volcano ash. The forest is a EXPERT AT 13: B o Fisher studies move on way to victory over Donald Byrne, one of the best chess players in the United States.

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  1. The Times,
  2. 24 Feb 1957, Sun,
  3. Page 69

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