Raising A Genius? Not Easy
Raising a Genius? Not Easy NEW YORK m — Ever have trouble coping with your teenager? How would you like it if he were a genius? "It's not easy," says Mra. Regina Fischer of Brooklyn. Her 15-year-old son, Bobby, is a genius at chess. He won the United States championship at 14 and became the youngest International Grand Master in history this summer. His one dream is to snatch the world chess crown from the present champion, Russia's Mikhail Botvinnlk. One of Mrs. Fischer's definitely "not easy" moments came last summer when Bobby appeared to be stranded in Yugoslavia after ills first international tournament. "He had a round trip ticket, but nobody made any reservations for him and he couldn't get a plane. I knew he'd spent most of his money at. the World Fair in Belgium and I was afraid the Yugoslav Chess Federation wouldn't go on paying for him after the tournament had ended. "I wont to. the Yugoslav Embassy but it was tiie weekend and I couldn't find anybody. I tried to call Bobby, but they said he had left by train. "I was really worried. 1 knew he was loaded down with books and I didn't see how he could manage. He doesn't speak the languages. I could just see him sleeping in a train station somewhere and people stealing everything he had." But Bobby used his tournament prize money to get to Munich where he found plane spact home. Chess is not a popular gam a and there are no ,'unds to send the American champion to tournaments. Bobby won two tickets to Yugoslavia on a television program. His 21-year-old sister, Joan, took the second. "Bobby doesn't like the idea of his mother going around with him to tournaments. Besides, I figured it would be better for me to be here in case anything was needed — money, primarily." She laughed ruefully — a slender, dark-haired woman with a smiling mouth in a gamine face. The Fischers separated when Bobby was 2 and Mra. Fischer raised her two' children on her earnings as a nurse. "I don't discipline Bobby. He's loo big. Anyway, there's not much to say. He comes home and sticks his nose in a chess book, stops to eat, and lie's back again until it's time to go to bed. "Bobby's one of the ones who play for blood as they sa.y In chess. He's serious. He has to study all the time. The countries publish pamphlets and books at a great rate—new openings always being worked out. "He's not interested in girls yet — they don't play chess. He doesn't smoke or drink. He does chew his nails down to the bone, but I'm afraid to make, him stop. I don't know what he might take up. "Some of these chess players twitch all over. Honest. They start with an eye and twitch down to their feet and start again. I'd rather he chewed his nails." "The only thing I do is nag him to ge,t some fresh air. This year he's joined the Y and says he's going to get in better physical shape. "He used to be wonderful at sports — in fact, he himself used to say he wanted to be a baseball player. "I don't know a thing about chess. In fact, I tried to make him stop for four years. But I've given up now." 25th Anniversary To Be Celebrated By Wayne Polleys Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Policy will observe their 25th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, March 8. The couple's daughter, Miss Nancy Polley and their son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stevens, have planned an open house for their parents' pleasure. Friends and relatives' are cordially invited to attend open house from 7 p. m. to 9 p. m. in the Polley home, 2-i Rosedale Avenue. Mrs. Baer Speaks To Jr» Mothers Mrs. Robert Baer reviewed the book "Barabbas" by Par Lagerkvist when she was gunst speaker for last night's meeting of the Junior Mothers Guild of the First Methodist Church. Mrs. Baer, former clean of women at Thiel College, joined 16 members who met in the home of Mrs. David Welch, Chambers Avenue. Mrs. Reed Otto, in charge of devotions, presented the meclita^ tion on "I Like the Holy Days," written by Anna Laura Gebhard in the Christian Home magazine. Mrs. Thomas Rca conducted the business meeting, during which discussion centered on plans for the mother-daughter banquet at the church on April 30, when the guild joins with the Senior Mothers Guild. Mrs. Roy D. Adkins, Jr., and Mrs. Robert Hutton will plan with the senior guild committee for the event. Co-hostesses during the social hour were Mrs. Bert Silliman, Mrs. W. G. Leventry, and Mrs. Lloyd Unger. Miss Nancy Wright, director of education at Zion's United Church of Christ, is to be guest, speaker for the next meeting, March 26, in the home of Mrs. Hai-vey Rut- kal. District 1R. W.C.T.U. Tr> Meet Tuesday The meeting of the W.C.T.U. of District 15 is to be held Tuesday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the Milledgeville U; P. Church. Devotions are to be led by Mrs. Cora McConnell, and a panel discussion is to be led by Mrs. Jennie Blair and Mrs. Eunice Buchanan and others. At noon, soup, coffee and dessert will be served, and each member is invited to ask a guest. Rev. Mr. Kleffel is to be the afternoon speaker and a skit by members also is planned.