Yankee Chess Whiz-Kid Begins His Training a Year in Advance

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The Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Tuesday, September 16, 1958 - Page 1

Has Eye on World Title—Yankee Chess Whiz-Kid Begins His Training a Year in Advance
Brooklyn (AP)—If a boxer began training for a championship fight a year in advance of the battle, you'd wonder if he was kidding.
But chess players … ah, that's different.

BOBBY FISCHER, the 15-year-old whiz-kid of world chess—he's youngest international grand master ever—went back to Erasmus Hall High School in Flatbush Tuesday, but he was mentally figuring out his strategy for next year's challenger's tournament.
In that one, he could wind up challenging Mikhail Botvinnik of Russia, the current ruler, for the world championship.
When he showed up in Europe for the candidates' tournament—sort of an elimination for the challengers' event—he wasn't taken very seriously. Still he wound up in the top six in the competition in Portoroz, Yugoslavia.

I LEARNED a few tricks,” he said, “and I can't wait a minute to get started with my practice.”
He arrived home Monday and within 10 minutes he had sat down at a chess table. In a few more minutes he had his opponent, Norman Monath, beaten. Monath is an editor who is helping Bobby write a book on chess.
“You know,” said Bobby, “when I arrived in Yugoslavia, all the international players told me they would beat me. Actually, I lost two games. I should have won them all.

BOBBY SAID that there is much more interest in chess outside the United States than there is here.
“Why,” he said, “I had to sign hundreds of autographs. Abroad everyone knows about chess. It is considered an art.”
Bobby's mother, Mrs. Regina Fischer, was worried that the lad would not have the money to come home. But his fifth-place in the tournament provided him with about $340 and that made it easy.

WELL, IT'LL BE hard, but a few hours a day while he's cracking the books in English, history and the like, he'll forget about chess.
But if he could only get that Botvinnik …

Has Eye on World Title—Yankee Chess Whiz-Kid Begins His Training a Year in Advance

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Bobby was leftist-leaning, like his mother, Regina Fischer who went on a “Peace March” to Moscow in 1961 to put pressure on the Khrushchevs and U.S.S.R. toward disarmament.

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“It originated as a symbol used by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC). An artist, Gerald Holtom, was on the groups' board, and as a well-known designer, stepped up to create a symbol that would have not only a visual but also a political impact. The symbol was first displayed during a protest march that took place on Easter weekend of 1958. Protesters marched 52 miles from London to Aldermaston in Berkshire, which is the site of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment to protest the use of nuclear weapons in war. This march was organized by the DAC and it was the first wide spread public display of the peace sign.”
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Bobby's views never strayed far from his roots. The collage above, mentions BERTRAND RUSSELL, who was responsible for putting the peace signs on the 1958 banners and buttons of the activists. BERTRAND RUSSELL held strong views opposing the Apartheid of Israel. Just as Bobby did. Bobby never abandoned his leftist-leaning roots which he learned from Regina Fischer. He loathed Fascism.

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