Schoolboy Is Hailed As New Chess Prodigy

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to col all Z 1 V V Schoolboy Is Hailed As New -Chess Prodigy NEW YORK W) -- 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." and the game was over. Bobby had earned his first victory in I the Lessing J, Rosenwald Trophy Tournament. Chess Review magazine ci-11- ed it the "game of the century-a stunning masterpiece of combination play performed by a jboy of 13 against a formidable jopponent, matching the finest Jon record in the history of chess prodigies." Bobby didn't win the Rosen- jwald 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 t h i n k there is any better chess player in the world. He is a genuine prodigy and one of the best players in our club." 'JUST LUCKY' Bobby appears 'embarrassed ( by all the attention he has jdrawn since he defeated Byrne. "I just, made the. moves I COUPLE PLEAD INNOCENT - Handcuffed Jack Soble tfnd his wife, Myra, are followed by U. S. Marshal Thomas J. tunney as they leave New Yorjc federal court after pleading innocent to a six-count indictment charging them with arrested with pleaded without bail March 18. (AP thought were best," he says modestly. "I was just lucky." Where did he learn the game? "My sister taught me when 1 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 LAPEL Jerry Welch, Don Davis and Wilbur Moore have returned home from a week's vacation Florida. Guests in the home of Rowena VALUES!!! pieces. 1 liked it and have been Moore were Ruby Hensley Moore: playing it ever since." Docs he w a n t to continue Anderson, E d n a ofl McCljntock. ·Alice Graham, Hazel Shetterly, playing the gam eand perhaps] E d i t h Shetterly. Mane Anderson i -- _ r u,~ 4 ,,!_.. land Edith Woodward. 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. The den mothers of Cub Scout jPack 3034 met at the home If Inez Shuck to plan the Blue Gold banquet Feb. 27 at 6:30 p. m. Pack 3034 now has 50 If he continues to proceed the he has the past year or two, he's likely to become one of the greatest players of all

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  1. Anderson Daily Bulletin,
  2. 14 Feb 1957, Thu,
  3. Page 18

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