San Francisco, July 14. As expected, Bobby Fischer of Brooklyn, N. Y. won the U. S. Junior Championship for the 2nd year in a row with a total of 8.5 out of a possible 9, drawing only with Gilbert Ramirez of San Francisco. Gil Ramirez, considered at the start as Bobby's most serious threat, held on to take 2nd place honors with a score of 7.5. He almost faltered in a game with R. Clark of Long Beach, Calif. Clark had a nice attack going against Ramirez, but being over anxious, overlooked a mate in two moves set up by Gil. Stephen Sholomson of Los Angeles was 3rd with 6.5, and Ronald Thacker of Richmond, Calif. 4th with 6.
Precita Valley sponsored two hopeful locals in the persons of Leighton Allen and Ivan Vegvary--; both ended up with even scores of 4.5. By S.B. points in the Swiss System, they finished 19th and 23rd respectively out of the 33 participants. Young Fred Wreden was also in the tourney but this reporter wasn't around to get his final score and placement. Fred does most of his chess playing at Mechanics' Institute. However, we do know Fred did score a win over Ivan Vegvary, so he must have ended up with a fair score. See BACL ROVING REPORTER, page 6, for more comments about this tournament.
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