Young Brooklyn Schoolboy Hailed as Chess Prodigy
Young Brooklyn Schoolboy Hailed as, Chess Prodigy NEW YORK Ml 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 los-ing 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 terminal buildings containing both transmitting, receiving and amplifying equipment for this two-way system. 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-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 w-.i 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."