Bobby Fischer - Chess Prodigy

Quixotic Grand Champion  bobby fischer

Born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, Fischer was the only American to ever claim the mantle of world chess champion.
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Portrait of the Genius as a Young Man
By the age of 13, Fischer's talents were already gaining notice. In a feature story filed in 1956, a journalist wrote, "While his hands may be fidgety, the eighth grader's eyes are riveted on the chessboard before him. His goal is the U.S. National Chess Championships, and he's made an excellent start toward it."

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