13-Year-Old Schoolboy Is Chess Genius
13-YEAR-OLD SOHDOLBDY IS CHESS GENIUS VFW YORK UP)--A quiet group 1 h waled around a table in the J" of the Marshall Chess Club, Â·Â« '-limg an almost unbelievable , .Ml ( '] i' plajers were Donald Byrne. P v"n-; master, and Bobby Fischer. :, 1 - - ear-old Brooklyn schoolboy p'-!' .y.: in his first major tourna- T ve and again--with bold, sur- pr ,-iiijr moves--Bobbv outfoxed his r:.)'i exoenenced opponert "ur;ossible." whispered one of tiT 1 . ilookers, "Byrne is losing to ! '-irvr-old nobody." M u e ' said this "nobody." t ' p gjime was o\er Bobby h a f i'.r r a his fust victory m the I" 1 -"Â»!:; J. Rosenwald Trophy "GaÂ»re Of Century'* C'nr-s RPV'KW Magazine called t r r .iaine of the century--a n.'u' Tia.it 0 piece of combination p ' f i performed by a boy of ara.'.i" a formidable opponent, matcl^ng the finest on record m hiÂ«*o , of chess prodigies" Bi.iiiv didn't win the Rcsenwald t r "jrnament--the trophy went to E ^ m m j Reshevsky, the ranking hut the crew-cut youngster ould rather play chess than e.it established himself as a young min to watch. XCVL- York chess enthusiasts have I E cognized Bobby's ability for several tars Best For Age Hans Kmoch, secretary-manager oi r he Manhattan Chess Club, says: "For his age, I don't think is any better chess player in the vorkl He is a genuine prodigy one of the best players m our club " Bobby appears embarrassed by all the attention he has drawn he defeated Byrne. "I just made the moves I were best'" he Â· says modestly. Â·aa-s just lucky." ] Vv'here did he learn the game? "My sister taught me when I six '' he says. "She was 12 and know too much about the game, she told me where and how to the pieces. I liked it and have playing it ever since." Could Play AU His Life 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 tourna- ments and would like to play in a lot of them. As for being I don't know about that" Kmoch. however, has fewer res-1 ervations: | "The outlook is brilliant. If he j continues to proceed the way he the past year or two, he's likely become one of the greatest players of all time."