Young Brooklyn Schoolboy Is Hailed As Chess Prodigy
in have at He ranch, Mich- the 1908 to later un Young Brooklyn Schoolboy Is Hailed As Chess Prodigy NEW YORK MP) -- A quiet group huddled around a table in the corner of the Marshall Chess Club, watching an almost unbelievable 'ame. The players were Donald Byrne, chess master, and Bobby Fischer, a 13-year-old Brooklyn school- )oy playing in his firr-.t major tournament. Time and again -- with bold, surprising moves -- Bobby out- except season Ark., foxed his more experienced opponent. "Impossible," whispered one of the onlookers "Byrne is los- ng to a 13-year-old nobody." "Male," said this "nobody," and the game was over. Bobby had earned his first victory in the Le.ss- ing J. Rosenwald Trophy Tournament. Chess Review magazine called it (he "game of Lhe century -- a stunning masterpiece of combination play performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable opponent, matching the finest on record in the hislorv of chess prodigies." Bobby didn't win the Rosenwald tournament -- the trophy went to Sammy Reshcvsky, Ihc 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 Ohess 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 club." Bobby appears embarrassed by all the attention he has drawn since he defeated Byrne. "I just made the moves I were best," he says modestly "I was just lucky." Where did he learn the game 9 "My sister taught "me when 1 was 6," he says. "She was 12 didn't know too much about the game, but she told me where how to move the pieces. I liked it and have been playing it ever since." Does he want to continue playing the game and perhaps become one of he 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 I don't know about that " Kmoch, however, lias fewer reservations: "The outlook is brilliant. If he continues to proceed the way ' e has the past year or two, likely to be come one of the greatest players of all time."