Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on October 27, 1957 · 181
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 181

Oakland, California
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Sunday, October 27, 1957
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o O v. j PS chess whiz, but- experts, his mother wants better report cards by PAUL ABRAMSON Bobby hears hh mother tcold him lovingly about hit grade. BROOKLYN, N.Y. . At 14, a local boy named Bobby Fischer is regarded as one of the 20 top chess players in the world. He is the U.S. Open Champion, has been invited to compete at tournaments in Russia and England. "Players with Fischer's ability," says Maurice Kasper, president of the Manhattan Chess Club, "come along only once in a century." Yet Bobby Fischer, a boy of exceptional intellect, is the despair of his high-school teachers. Last year, as a freshman, he fell . behind in all his subjects, and almost didn't pass. This year the outlook isn't much better. Bobby is a chess whiz, but Just why mystifies everyone who knows him. "When he was 7," says his sister Joan, 19, "Bobby could discuss mathematical concepts like infinity, or do all kinds of trick problems, But ask him to multiply two and two and he'd probably get it wrong." This contradiction in Bobby's mental makeup has not made life any easier for his mother, Regina Fischer. Divorced . from her husband, she has had to work hard - at present as a registered nurse to support two children. And between times she's had to scurry from school to school with Bobby. "When he was in fourth grade," she says, "I'd already taken him out of six. schools, mostly because he didn't like them. Once I entered him in a class for especially bright children. He walked out after the first day." . Aware that Bobby is a child prodigy whose talent must be helped to grow, Mrs. Fischer has continued to try to get. special training for him. "I've visited university guidance centers and agencies for gifted children," she says. "Mostly they suggest I enroll him in a small private school, where he would get closer attention. But private schools are expensive." "One thing 7 would suggest," says a teacher at the public school he attends, "is that Bobby spend more time studying and less time at chess." Mrs. Fischer nods helplessly. She feejs that to ask that of a boy who won the 1957 Open title, topping all but two of the best players in America, would be rather like asking Mickey Mantle to play less baseball and more mah jongg. Bobby, she says, plays chess even while eating, keeps a Continued on page 22 Rich, full-bodied Karo Syrup makes flapjacks ''outdoor-good! When you're ready with a fluffy brown stack, top it with delicious Kara Syrup rich, dark Kara (Blue Label) or Maple-y Karo (Green Label) the hearty, satisfying goodness of Karo Syrup makes flapjacks truly delightful ! Enjoy KARO, Amrka't FavorHo Syrvp for 50 yaru KM It"'1 A nroduct of ' -1 i Tm " I Cora Product -- ."""" n ' V IUfiBf Company f 4

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