WMD: From John Donaldson's book A legend On the Road:
D La Pierre Ballard has this to say about the exhibition:
Bobby played 40 games that night at the University of Wichita Campus Activities Center. He lost to me, drew with Dan Pritchard and won the rest. His most notable game was against Keith Carson, who was the best player in Oklahoma at the time. Bobby played the Vienna. Eventually an
ending was reached in which Bobby had an f-pawn and an h-pawn. Keith had studied this Rook and Pawn type of ending previously and thought he could draw. Bobby played like Capablanca and by constant maneuvering managed a win.
I went with the man who organized the exhibition to pick up Bobby. I cannot remember that man's name. He had been a Colonel. Bobby was very late - 45 minutes, I recall. On the way to the simul I sat with him and chatted.
I asked him about his recent article in the magazine ChessWorld, which only lasted three issues. He had listed the ten best players of all time. He had put Morphy as first. He told me that Morphy, were he alive, would have been then the best player in the world. The great accumulation of knowledge since 1860 would be assimilated and mastered by Morphy very quickly and then, were he alive in 1964, he would have been the best.
I asked him about Petrosian. He rattled off an ending from a game of Petrosian's and said, "The man obviously did not know how to play that ending."
Before the simul Bobby gave a talk about his famous game at Bled 1961 where he had beaten Geller in 22 moves. Bobby had White in a Steinitz Deferred Ruy. Bobby started the talk by showing 1.e4 on the board. He then said, "I always play pawn to King four for my first move just like Steinitz did before he got old!"
During my game Bobby made no comments until the end. He said after he turned over his King that 32.Qh7+ would have been much better than what he played. He did not say "I resign." I noticed that when he played a pawn or Bishop that he thoughtfully screwed it into the board, i.e. he twisted it between his thumb and forefinger.
It cost $5 to play Bobby. That was a lot for a 19-year-old college student then. I figured it was my one and only chance in my whole lifetime so I put a big effort into it. My game ran over three hours and I did not move a muscle the whole time, except to play my moves.