In 2015, how many knowledgeable chess fans would recognize these two chess personalities from 50 years ago?
Left: 'U.S. Amateur Champion'
Right: 'New Old Russian Luminary'
The new United States Amateur Chess Champion is Frank Street, a 20-year-old Expert from Washington, D.C. Street posted a score of 6.5-0.5 to finish on top of a record-smashing field of 242 players at New York's Henry Hudson Hotel over the Memorial Day weekend.
The CL U.S. Amateur cover echoes the theme from a year earlier: June 1964 'On the Cover'. Inside the magazine we learn, 'The 1965 Amateur had the largest turnout of any weekend tournament in the U.S. so far. The previous record (224) was established at the Eastern Open in Washington D.C. in 1963.'
Alexander Suetin of the USSR, long a grandmaster annotator, has just won the FIDE grandmaster title at Sarajevo as Dr. Petar Trifunovich relates in our July issue.
For more about Suetin, see Alexey Suetin [Wikipedia].