- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
The winner of this eight-man competition will become the new challenger in 1960 for the world championship title held by Russia's Mikhail Botvinnik. Four of the eight candidates are Russians, well provided with seconds, physical trainers, money and every moral and financial backing. Bobby must rely entirely on his own efforts and winnings and actually pays for the privilege of representing the U.S.
He is the only American who has played abroad at all so far this year. From March to June he represented the United States at strong international events in Argentina, Chile and Switzerland. Their players, many of them substantial professional men, all receive their expenses as a matter of course.
Bobby's finances and mine cannot stand up under this terrific drain. Bobby is sacrificing his schooling trying to compete and at the same time earn his own financial backing. Bobby wants to win for the U.S. and has been doing it, but the effort of doing it singlehanded is ruinous.
I wish something could be done to assure his participation in this coming tournament and also in the other top-flight events in which he hopes to play and win.
? SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is happy to be able to give some financial assistance to Bobby Fischer, who at 16 is indeed the U.S. Champion, so that he may compete abroad in a game which commands a great deal of international respect and attention. Readers who wish to assist Bobby should send their contributions to Bobby Fischer at the U.S. Chess Federation, 80 East 11th Street, New York 3. All money received, says Mrs. Fischer, will be acknowledged and publicly accounted for, and any sums in excess of those actually needed by Bobby in this tournament will be used for the promotion of chess in America through the federation.—ED.
THIRD LEAGUE: REBUTTAL
Why not have the team with the best won-lost record in the three leagues draw a bye? The other two would play a best-of-five series with the won-lost leader having the home game advantage, with three of five possible games in his park.
The winner would meet with the third team in a best-of-seven series with the team that had already played having the home advantage as compensation.
Not only would this give the public more World Series for their money, but it would make the entire season more interesting because the leading team would be trying even harder to win more games so that they might draw the bye.
YOU ARE THERE