IF YOU HAVE THE BLACK PIECES and your opponent plays 1. P-K4, look up again, because you may be facing HENRY GROSS, BACL tournament director, one of the five directors of USCF, club director of the Golden Gate Chess Club, and vice-president of the California Chess Federation. He is a man of many talents. Besides knowing how to move chess pieces to get the best results, he can also give a good account of himself playing a hand of bridge, he knows his way around the golf course, and he is a very good attorney with an office at 68 Post St. in San Francisco.
Henry Gross, believe it or not, was the first CFNC "open" champ in 1953. In 1952 he tied Irving Rivise for the California state championship. Finally, in 1954, he was recognized as a master by the USCF. In the United States "open" championship last year at Oklahoma, Henry finished 10th (the highest amongst those from California) in a strong field of players, such as Arthur Bisguier, Larry Evans, Lombardy, Mednis, Fischer, and - well, the cream of the crop in American chess. Henry, incidentally, was one of two players to get a draw with Horowitz in the exhibition at Precita Valley!
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