30 Chessboards

Ray Robson, who at 16 is the youngest American Chess Grand Master, beating Bobby Fisher who was 17 when he became a Grand Master, played 30 area players at once at Selby Public Library in what is called a Simul and for the first time was played to one draw and 29 victories.

Bob Ford of Venice, who managed to put Robson in check before he became the first to be defeated, said “It was like standing in front of a bulldozer.  You can see it coming but you can’t get out of the way.”

New College student David Wyde was able to hand Ray his first non-victory by playing him to a draw.  Ray had been victorious in all of his previous Simul matches.

Shot for the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

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