Brooklyn Teen-Ager Is Hailed As Chess Prodigy
Brooklyn Teen-Ager Is Hailed As Chess Prodigy had The all NHW YORK Jf, -- A quiet group huddled around a table in Hie corner o! the Marshall Chess CXÂ£, 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. "Impossible." whispered one of the onlookers. "Byrne is losing to a 13-year-old nobody." "Mate," said this "nobody," and Ihe game was over. Bobby had earned his first victory in Ihe Lessing J. Rosonwald Trophy Tournament. Chess Review magazine called it the "game of the century -- a stunning masterpiece of combination p!ay performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable op- .ponent, matching the finest on rec- cord in the history of chess -prodigies." Bobby dictn't win the RÂ«scn- wa!d tournament -- the trophy went to Sammy Rcshevsky, the ranking U.S. player -- but the crew-cut youngster who would ratfier play chess than eat established himself as a young man to watch. N.v York chc.* entimsiasts have recognized Bobby's ability for several years. Hans Kmoch, secretary - manager of the Manhattan Chess. Oib, 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 bast players in Bobby appears embarrassed by all the attention he has drawn since he defeated Byrne. "I just made Sie moves I were host," lie says modratly. "I was just lucky." Where did he learn the game? "My sister taughl me whcn I was 6." he says. "She was 12 and didn't know too muoh about -the game, but she to'.d me where and how to move the pieces. I -liked it and have been playing it ever .since. Does he tvant to continue pSay ing the game and perhaps become one of the great players? ''I cculd play o'aess all my life." he answers shyly. "1 like tournaments ar.d wcuM like to play in a lot of them. As for being great, I don't know about thai." Kmoch. however, ha^ ftiwer refervations: "The outlook is brilliant. IK he continues to proceed the way he has Hie past year or two, he's likely to become one of the greatest players of all tirae." Walch That First Step LOUISVILLE, Ky. Atcr, 50, an elevator repairman, Uiought he was in tfte basement when he jumped into an elevator shaft. He wasn't. He was on tha first floor. Now he's in the hospital with a fractured hip.