The Arena Was Still, Expectant: Could The Brash Youngster Beat The Old Pro In the Championship?
Abruptly, his adversary called He was on the ropes. The shoe, indeed, was on the other foot. "Will you settle for a draw?" he asked. '"Draw," murmured the youngster, hardly raising his eyebrows. The 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 sighed heavily. 0 0 0 The handwriting was on the wall. He couldn't win now. -"Will you settle for a draw?" he whispered to his opponent. Could The Brash Youngster Beat The Old Pro In The Championship? a halt. "Draw," said the opponent. The older man had lost only one match in the. week-long championship tournament. But that was a fatal one. He had been beaten by the teenager after being drawn into a trap that even the spectators recognized. It was, he reflected, one of the biggest mistakes of his long and glorious career. ' He looked at the scoreboard. The youngster finished with a mark of S'a'n. He had 7li-3li. And that's how Bobby Fischer, 15-year- old Brooklyn high school student, w on his Okee-second consecutive U- S. "chess champion- ship yesterday? And that's how grand master Samuel Rcshevsky, five times former champion, lost it. .