Young Brooklyn Schoolboy Hailed as Chess Prodigy
39 Young Brooklyn Schoolboy Hailed as Chess Prodigy NEW YORK 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 out-foxr , ed his more experienced opponent Impossible, whispered one of the onlookers. "Byrne Is lostng to a 13-year-old nobody." '"Mate," said this "nobody," and the game was over. Bobby had earned his first victory la the Leasing J, Rosenwald Trophy Tournament. Chess Revew magazine called it the "'game of the century a stunning masterpiece of combination play performed by a boy of 13 aaiiiit a formidable opponent, matching the fiftpst on recoid in the history of, chess-prodigies." : Bobby didn't win the Rosenwald tournament - the tropny went to Sammy. Reshevsky,1 the, ranking U. &. player but the crew-cut youngster who would rather play chess than eat e.stdidiihrd hiniacli as a young man to watch. New York chess eiithii.iasts hae recotjnured Bubby'j ability f"r lev-. erul years. Ians Kmoch. secretary-manaaer of the Manhattan Che.-s Club, sas i "For his age, I don't think there is any, .better chess player In the world. He i genuine prodigy and one of Uie bci players in our club."' . Bobby appears embarrassed by all the attention he has drawu since be defeated Byrne. ; "I just made the moves I Ihouaht were best,' he says modestly. "I was Just lucky, . Where did he learn the game? "My sister taught me when I wag 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.' ... : . e ,.: t Does he want to continue play- iuif the ga:n and petbap 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 r-ervationsf - ;- ' t - i "The outlook is brilliant. If he 'Gouging' Consumers: Dealer Blasts Big Oil Firms , WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 INS-i A Gasoline Dealers' Association today accused large oil companies ;0f "gouging" consumers by boosting gasoline prices. The charge was made before a Senate . Judiciary subcommittee which is investigating the oil-lift to fcuropc and recent oil price to- continues to proceed the way he creases. i - ihas the past year or two, lie's James V. Cresente, executive Hkely to become one of the great- secretary m inn vievewno io players Of aU time." dependent Gasoline Dealers A- . '