Fifteen-Year-Old Chess Champ In World Finals
Th Nanaimo Dally Free Preu, Thursday, Jan. 15, 1 959 3 Fifteen-Year-Old Chess Champ In World Finals By JOSEPH MacSWEEX Canadian Press Staff Writer NEW YORK (CP The thin shoulders of a Brooklyn schoolboy carry the main United States hopes of winning the world chess championship from Russia. The boy is Bobby Fischer, 15, and victory for him would be one of the biggest upsets in the ancient his;ory of chess. "It would be nice," is the way Bobby put it, with a rare grin at his own understatement. Bobby who would prefer the more dignified Robert when he plays chess recently retained the U.S. crown without losing a game. He won six games and drew five, playing as usual against the best American grownups. The world's youngest grand master of the game, he will next take part in an elimination tournament of international grand masters to decide who will chal lenge Mikhail Botvinnik, the 47- year-old Moscow electrical engineer who is king of them all, CALLED GENIUS "Bobby may not look it he doesn't look like an intellectual but he's a genius," says Hans Kmoch, secretary of the Manhattan Chess Club, where the U.S. tournament is held. "He's professionally arrogant," says one mildly critical associate. "He's a nice, fine, modest boy," says Mrs. Grace L. Corey, administrative assistant of Erasmus Hall high school, where Bobby is a student. What does Bobby himself say? "I'll talk about nothing but chess," said the master, distrust ful and slightly belligerent when approached by a reporter. Tall and gangling. He lias the typical adolescent slouch and harsh roice of the Brooklyn teen-agerrln looks he could as well be a rock 'u' roll addict as a dedicated chess player. Queen, Prince Visit June 18 LONDON AP) Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will begin their Canadian visit June 18, Buckingham Palace announced today. The Queen will open the St. Lawrence Seaway during the six-week tour. The palace has not yet announced any details of the tour. - Sommers' Appeal Set for February VICTORIA (CP) Appeal against sentence of five years imprisonment imposed oa Robert Sommers, former B.C. lands and forests minister, and H. Wilson Gray, for their part in bribery and conspiracy cases involving forest management licences will be heard in Victoria beginning February 16. Announcing the date in B.C. court of appeal Tuesday Mr. Justice C. H. O'Halloran said the hearing would probably last a week. Sommers and Gray were sentenced in Vancouver November 14. They were subsequently released from Oakalla jail pending outcome of an appeal.