Young Brooklyn Schoolboy Hailed as Chess Prodigy
Youn Hailed as NEW YORK iff)—A quiet group. Hans Kmoch, sscTcf.ary-managcr huddled around a (.able in the .corner of the Marshall Chess Club, watching an almost unbelievable game. The players were Donald Byrne, a chess master, and Bobby Fischer, 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 the | Lesslng J. Rosenwald Trophy Tour' nament. 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 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. j continues to proceed the way he! New York chess enthusiasts have,' has the past year or two, he's like-' -f the Manhattan Club, says: a"C I don't think Iherp cl^c, ± uuil t LllillK tnciL. ,.„ . . T ,,,,,.,,, . For his age, I don t think there: is any better chess player in the wnrlrl TTo ic a aonninr. nrnrljm- i WUI1U. lie IS a genuine prOQlgJ/ | and one of the best players in OUrl Hub " i ! Bobby appears embarrassed by all the attention he has drawn since he defeated Byrne. "I just made the moves I thought were best," lie 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 i and have been playing it ever since." Does he want to 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: recognized Bobby's ability for several years. "The OUtlook is brilliant. If he : ly to become one of the greatest: players of all time." !