One of my favorite things is chess. I go to a chess club at the library every week and teach other kids how to play. I hve been playing since I was 5. To earn the chess pin and belt loop, I read about Bobby Fischer and made a report.

Bobby’s reel name is Robert James Fischer. He was born in Chicago, Illinois; he was born near Lake Michigan, and His father Gerhardth Fischer was born in Berlin, Germany in 1909 he was a biophysicist, His mother was Regina Wender.

They separated when Bobby was 2 years old, and Regina had custody of Bobby and his older sister Joan who was then 7 years old. She was a qualified registered Nurse and wanted to take a Master’s Degree at New York University in Nursing Education. She decided to move to Brooklyn. It is there that the legend of the world’s greatest chess player begins.

On May 1949, Bobby and his sister Joan learned how to play the game with a Chess set given to them as a present, Bobby became fascinated with Chess. By age seven, he was so thoroughly absorbed that his mother became worried. “Bobby isn’t interested in anybody unless they play Chess and there just aren’t many children who like it,” she once said.

She also tried putting an ad in the Brooklyn Eagle to find other kids Bobby’s age who would come and play Chess with him. On January 17, 1951 Bobby played a game against Master Max Pavey who was giving a simultaneous exhibition and Bobby lost in 15 minutes. A few weeks later Bobby joined the Brooklyn Chess Club, headed by Mr. Carmine Nigro, President of the Brooklyn Chess Club and for the next few years he rarely missed a Friday evening.

In 1953, Bobby Fischer played his first Chess tournament at the Brooklyn Chess Club Championship when he was ten, he placed fifth. In 1955, Bobby score 4 ½ – 3 ½ in a Washington Square Park Swiss tournament. On May he scored three points in the U.S. Amateur Championship in New York. He joined the Manhattan Chess club in June, 1955 and soon won the class C championship and the class B Championship. He often was given the opportunity of playing against the Club’s finest masters! When he defeated the Grandmaster. On July he won 2 games, drew 6 games, and lost 2 games at the U.S. Junior Championship in Nebraska. He took 3rd place in the U.S. Junior Speed Championship.

On March 1956, Bobby traveled with the Log Cabin Chess Club to Cuba and gave a simultaneous exhibition at the Capablanca Chess Club. His U.S.C.F. rating was published at 1726. On April he won the class A Championship at the Manhattan Chess Club. On May he played in the U.S. Amateur Championship in Asbury Park, New Jersey, winning three games, drawing two, and losing one. At thirteen, he was the youngest player in the event.