New WNTA Gambit: Televised Chess Exhibition

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New York Times, New York, New York, Monday, May 12, 1958 - Page 50

New WNTA Gambit
Station WNTA-TV, the ubiquitous Channel 13, televised a chess exhibition yesterday in which Bobby Fischer, 15-year-old United States champion, played thirteen games simultaneously, winning twelve and drawing one. It was an absorbing demonstration of skill and concentration on the part of young Mr. Fischer.
For the most part the youth moved from board to board so rapidly that there was no chance to study the individual contests. Some overhead cameras will be needed if chess shows signs of being a game that will last.
But the sight of young Fischer briskly making his moves and toppling over the opposing kings one by one made an intriguing race against the clock. And WNTA-TV showed eminent good judgment in postponing the succeeding program a few minutes so that a viewer could see the finish. Networks kindly copy.

New WNTA Gambit

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