Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on October 27, 1957 · 182
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 182

Oakland, California
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Sunday, October 27, 1957
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CHESS WHIZ continued r t- V f TUnest craclcliest brittle gou ever ate! (just try it and see) sfvrsys (resh never dick crammed with peanuts Coats so littU t supermarkets. : drug and variety stores AlHefta i mkm tm ham. a aaad ret Trick or TreaH . Sophie Mae Candy Altonta, Go., and livingtlan, KJ. Watch daily editions of this newspaper for prices and local news about products arid services advertised in Parade 1 9 CaVWTol KTVtl Cns sasn deaasr sail (Mf lisHitf -aiira, 13 ima! a. richer celerl U Mm mi tab . MM UM WWto 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 arid 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 tlx 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. ' SI and a Rainy Afternoon He's cocky about his chess. Once he played Samuel Resbevsky, die balding tittle accountant who's been the king of U.S. chess since 1936. The experienced Reshersky. 46, polished off Bobby, then 13, with little trouble. But afterwards he told a bystander: The boy b brilhant; hell go far." Bobby, meanwhile, was pointing out to anyone who would listen how Reshersky had missed mores 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 Joaa 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 Mai Parry, an raternatioaal 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. He did, but it took him 15 minutes a long time for an international master against an 8-year-old who'd played only a few games in his Hfe. A teacher of chess, Carmen Nigro, witnessed 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 VS. Open and won the National Junior Championshipthe youngest tnlrhnUer m history. This frittering record earned him a bid to the Lessing J. Rosenwald tournament, the top test of VS. 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 Resbevsky, Bobby won. "I never saw any game played better," says referee Ham 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 Resbevsky 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 liothcr 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 stnrakaneously at SI a challenger. But such games, be 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." B TOWIs at erode Oct. 27, 1957 I J

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