Boy, 15, Repeats Chess Victory
12 Monday, January 5, 1959 Boy, 15, Repeats Chess Victory NEW YORK (AP) An air of expectancy filled the arena and ytt it was still. Th pectator aized up th opponent. Their face almost told their thoughts. Could he repeat, they wonder ed. Could thii youngster beat out the old muter for the national champlonahlp? Yes, a national title wa at (take and the apecUtora were tens the kind of tenseness that can grip only a national ch&m pionship. Hie youngster waa only 18. His hair was mussed and he was wearing a striped sport shirt- Just a boy trying to do a man't job. He waa on the brink, of the title. On and on, the test of nerves and brains went. The youngster used every trick at his command. Now he waa on the verge of winning. But ha called a halt and offered hia opponent a draw. The opponent shook his head and scowled, He was not going to give up at this stage. He was going all out for the victory. The teen-ager's eyes hardened. Young as he was, he had been through this sort of thing before. Now he waa expanding every last wile. 1 1 1 1 " " i " " 1 U.S., Canada Trade Talks Open Tonight Two mora hour went by and tha battle continued. Abruptly, his adversary called a halt. He was on the rope. Th show, Indeed, waa on the other foot. "Will you settle for a draw?" he asked. "Draw." murmured the young-ater, hardly raising hia eyebrows. Tha crowd grinned, but didn't make a sound. ' Not far away, the older man-now 47 but himself once a child ace at his chosen game aighed heavily. Tha handwriting waa on th wall. He couldn't win now. "Will you settle for a draw?" be whispered to hia opponent. . "Draw," said tha opponent. Th older man had lost only on match In the week-long championship tournament. But that waa a fatal one.. He had betn beaten by the teen-ager after being drawn Into a trap that even the spectators recognized. It waa, he reflected, one of th biggest mistakes of hi long and glorloua career, He looked at the scoreboard. The youngster finished with a mark of ia-2'i. He had Vr IVi. And that'a how Bobby Fischer, IS year - old Brooklyn high school student, won hia second consecutive United States Chess Championship yesterday. And That'a how grand master Samuel Reshevsky, five times former champion, lost it.