Young Brooklyn Schoolboy Hailed as Chess Prodigy

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^ oun<j Brooklyn Schoolboy ' J * Hailed as Chess Prodigy %r NEW YORK iPi A quiet pi cup 1 “The outlook is brilliant. It he huddled around a table in the cor- i continues to proceed the way he nor of the Marshall Chess Club. I ---------------------------------- - -..................-..............- - 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.” 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 play performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable opponent, matching the finest on record in the history of chess prodigies.” Bobby didnt win the Rosenwald tournament tile trophy went to Sammy Reshevsky, the ranking CS. player but the crew-cut youngster who would lather play chess than eat established himself as a young man to watch. New York chess enthusiasts have recognized Bobby's ability for several years. Hana 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 bv all the attention he has drawn since he defeated Byrne. “I just made the move* 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 it and have been playing it ever since ” Does he want to continue pts \ mg 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: A WONDERFUL LOVE f t * BIEL tut? I xlLi WIMPOLE M G M s NEW CINEMASCOPE NOTICE TO OF The Special Matinee will Saturday, February Admission to these be by season you haven't ticket yet do it may get them Presidents of the at the Theatre lose out on a Get your Entire Series For Only

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  1. Dixon Evening Telegraph,
  2. 14 Feb 1957, Thu,
  3. Page 30

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