Brooklyn Youth Chess Prodigy

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Brooklyn Youth Chess Prodigy - atomic- de-signed.Her com-1 NEW YORK W A quiet...
atomic- de-signed.Her com-1 NEW YORK W A quiet group huddled an a table in the cor ner of the Marshall Chess Club, watching aa almost unbelievable game. ' The players wera Donald Byrne, a chess master. . and Bobby Fischer, a 13 year-old Brooklyn schoolboy playin in his first ma jor tournament Time and again with bud. surprising moves Bobby outfox ed 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 Wind Damages More Dry Land In Past Month Leasing J. Rosenwald Trophy WASHINGTON -The Agricul tural Department said today 453,- 000 more acres of land In the drought plagued Great : ' Plains were damaged by soil blowing in January. This brought the total damaged this season to 3,193,000 acres compared with 1,033,000 to the same date last vear. A survey showed further, tne agency said, that another 29,300,- 000 acres were In condition to blow Feb. 1 because of dry sur- face conditions, lack of cover and crop residues, and poor condition of rmwine wneat, inis comoarwi with 20,369,000 acres in condition to blow a year ago. ' " These figures did not reflect the rain in Texas in recent days. The -department said about 90 per cent of the land damaged this 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 prodigiea,?ilu-' Bobby didn't wia 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'i abUJty, for several-yearn, olans Kmoch, secretary-manager of the Manhattan Chess Club, says: . "For his age, I don't think there is any better chess player ia the world. He is a genuine prodigy aad one of the beat players in our dub.- Bobby appears embarrassed by all the- attention-' he hu drawn since he defeated Byrne. I just .made, . the " moyes i thought were best." he says mod-' estly.. "i was just lucky." ' - - Where did he leant the game? '"My sister taught me whea I wu 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 wtat to continue playing , . the game and perhaps become one of the great players? "I could play chess all rov life." he answers shyly. "I like tournaments and would like to play ia a : lot of them. As for being great; t ' don't know about mat" Kmoch, however, has fewer res- ' ervations:- 1 --' - - "The outlook la brilliant. If lie continues to proceed the the way he has the past year or two. he's likely to become one of the treat- : est playera of ail time.?: . -. . - roolclyn Youth Chess Prodigy

Clipped from
  1. The Odessa American,
  2. 20 Feb 1957, Wed,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 28

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