The Akron Beacon Journal from Akron, Ohio on October 27, 1957 · Page 120
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The Akron Beacon Journal from Akron, Ohio · Page 120

Akron, Ohio
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Sunday, October 27, 1957
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088 in nest craclcliest brittle you ever ate! (just try it and see) pi Sophie Htl 1 Peanut Brift! always fresh never sticky crammed wirn peanuts Costs so little at supermarkets, drug and variety stores At Halloween o nice la have on hand far Trick or Treat! Sophie Q? Mae Candy Atlanta, Go., and Livingston, N.J. Watch daily editions of this newspaper for prices and local news about products and services advertised in Parade Bright ShiiiPfi to kMM Covert up scrapes ond icuff morki like mogicl Civet ihoei deeper shine, richer colorl Keepi leather "alive," new-looking longer) 10 Colon Md Noiitral Mm Liquid White CHESS WHIZ continued ,. , in in iiiiiui .y (i ALONE in rectangle, Bobby takes on more than 20 good rise to fame, Bobby still dresses casually. Note his dungarees chess players at one time. He defeated them all. Despite his and shirt in contrast to opponents' business suits and ties. Bobby has taken on as many as 30 challengers at once at $1 apiece board always near his bed to practice on. Blond and on the thin side, Bobby away from chess is much like any teenager. He's wild about blueberry pie, the Dodgers, baseball, basketball and plaid shirts. He listens to rock 'n' roll records for hours on end. So far, he has shied away from girls and dancing. $1 and a Rainy Afternoon He's cocky about his chess. Once he played Samuel Reshevsky, the balding little accountant who's been the king of U.S. chess since 1936. The experienced Reshevsky, 46, polished off Bobby, then 13, with little trouble. But afterwards he told a bystander: "The boy is brilliant; he'll go far." Bobby, meanwhile, was pointing out to anyone who would listen how Reshevsky had missed moves that would have ended the game sooner. What amazes old chess hands is that Bobby has been playing the complex game less than eight years. His sister Joan had bought a $1 set to while away a rainy afternoon; she and her 6-year-old brother played a few games, but he was only mildly interested. Two years later he walked into the Brooklyn Public Library he's a voracious reader and saw Max Pavey, an international chess master, standing inside a rectangle and playing as many as 20 matches at once. The curious Bobby sat down at a board and made a move. A few minutes later Pavey had forgotten about the other players and was concentrating hard on beating Bobby. I le did, but it took him 1 5 minutes a long time for an international master against an 8-year-old who'd played only a few games in his life. A teacher of chess, Carmen Nigro, w itnessed the game. Impressed, he offered to teach Bobby. Within a few years Bobby was beating Nigro regularly. By 1956, now a member of the Manhattan Chess Club, he had tied for fourth in the U.S. Open and won the National Junior Championship the youngest titleholder in history. This glittering record earned him a bid to the Lessing J. Roscnwald tournament, the top test of U.S. chess to which only six to 12 of the top players are invited. He was beaten several times but, playing against the only man in the tournament to defeat Reshevsky, Bobby won. "I never saw any game played better," says referee Hans Kmoch. "It was the game of the century." . Bobby finished eighth in the tournament, but won the coveted prize for bril liancy. Among those finishing behind him was Max Pavey, his library opponent of seven years earlier. Last summer Bobby scored his greatest triumph, winning the U.S. Open Chess championship at Cleveland. He defeated the best American players with the exception of Reshevsky and Larry Evans, neither of whom competed. In the next few months, Some experts believe, Bobby may prove himself the equal of them both. Money for His Mother Right now, though, he must start doing better in his school work and try to help out his hard-working mother. To make money, he has taken on as many as 30 challengers simultaneously at $1 a challenger. But such games, he says, "don't produce good chess. They're just hard on your feet." Recently his chess playing has started to produce bigger dividends. He won $750 for winning the Open, $125 in another tournament. This, he says, will help him toward his goal: the chess championship of the world. How long will it take him? Says the cocksure Bobby about a crown that some men have spent a lifetime chasing: "I guess maybe 10 years." KIWI IKII. Will 88 Parade Oct. 27, 1957

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