Teenage Whiz Keeps His Title in Chess Event
o( schools Hero Meadnr Wirephoto) -- Memo lo t t s : p l u s a h i l l ap- e has won nine n o w cleli- Ihc Ag- the dismal and bet- says. a l e center I d a h o , is Ihe in Ihc t t s . Teenage Whiz Keeps His Title In Chess Event NEW YORK (AP) -- An air expectancy [illcd the arena and yci il was s t i l l . The spectators sized up the opponents. Their faces almost (old their thoughts. Could he i c p c a l , they Could this youngster heal out Ihc old masler for the n a t i o n championship? Yes, a national (illc was at and Ihc spectators were tense, -the kind of tenseness t h a i only a national championship. The .youngster w;is only 15. His Iniir mis mussed and he was wearing a striped sport shirt-just n boy trying to do a man's .joh. llr was on Hie brink of the litlr. lie studied his opponent and the play started. On and on, the test of nerves and b r a i n s went. The used every trick at his command. Now he was on the verge of winning. But he called a h a l t and his opponent a draw. The opponent shook his head scowled. lie was not going to up at this stage. He was going out for the victory. The teen-ager's eyes hardened. Young as he was, ho had been through this sort of Ihing before. Now he was expanding every wile. Two more hours went by and b a i l i e continued. Abruptly, his adversary called h a l l . He was on the ropes. shoe, indeed, was on the other fool. "Will you settle for a draw?" he asked. "Draw, 1 ' murmured the youngster, hardly raising his eyebrows. The crowd g r i n n e d , but make a sound. i -Not far away, Ihe older man -- now 47 but himself once a child ace at his chosen g-ame -- sighed heavily. The h a n d w r i t i n g wall. He c o u l d n ' t Â»'in "Will you settle for a draw?" ho whispered to his opponent. Â· "Draw," said Ihc opponent. The older man had lost only m a t c h in the week-long ship t o u r n a m e n t . But f a t a l one. He had been b e Ihe teen-ager alter being d r a into a t r a p t h a t even the spectators recognized. It was, he reflected, one of (he biggest mistakes of his long and glorious career. He looked at the Scoreboard. youngslcr finished w i l h a mark ii'i-L":,. He had 7!i-.Ti. And that's how Bobby Fischer, ITi-year-old Brooklyn high school s t u d e n t , won his second l i v e United Slates chess championship yesterday. And t h a t ' grand master Samuel Reshevsky, f i v e limes former champion, it.