Wins 'Game of Century': Brooklyn Schoolboy New Chess Prodigy
Wins 'Game of Centura9 Brooklyn Schoolboy New Chess Prodigy New York-(P) York-(P) York-(P) A quiet group hucfdled 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- 13-year- 13-year- 13-year- old Brooklyn schoolboy play ing in his first major tourna ment. Time and again with bold, surprising moves Bobby outfoxed outfoxed his - more experienced opponent. "Impossible," whispered one of the onlookers. r'Byrne is losing to a 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old 13-year-old nobody." nobody." - "Mate," said this "nobody," and the game was over.'Bobby had earned his first victory in the Lessing- Lessing- J. Rosenwald Trophy Trophy Tournament, Chess Review magazine called it the "game of the century a stunning masterpiece masterpiece of combination play performed performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable opponent, matching matching the finest on record in the history of chess prodigies." BOBBY DIDN'T win the Rosenwald tournament the trophy went to Sammy Re-shevsky, Re-shevsky, Re-shevsky, the ranking U. S. player but the crew-cut crew-cut crew-cut youngster who would rather play chess than eat established established himself as a young man to watch. New York chess enthusiasts have recognized Bobby's ability ability for several years. Hans Kmoch, secretary-manager secretary-manager 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 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 it and have been playing it ever since." DOES HE WANT to continue 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 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 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."