Brooklyn Boy, 13, Is Cited for Chess Prowess

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Brooklyn Boy, 13, Is Cited for Chess Prowess . Youth Draws Raves After Tourney Win Over Veteran Player NEW YORK W A quiet group huddled around a table in the corner of the jllarshall Chess Club, watching an almost unbelievable game. The players were Donald Byrne, 8 chess master, and Bobby Fischer, a 13-year-old Brooklyn schoolboy playing in bis 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 Less- ing J. Rosenwald Trophy Tourna' ment. 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 man ager 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 dub." 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. "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 it and have been playing it ever since. . Does, he want to continue play- ing the game and perhaps become one of the great players? "I could play chess all my life, he answers shyly';"'! like tourna ments 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 continued to proceed the way he has the past year or two, he's likely to become one of the great est players of all time. of

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  1. The Marion Star,
  2. 18 Apr 1957, Thu,
  3. Page 32

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