Profile: Frank Street Jr (1943-)

Frank Street Jr. was a chess player who won the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1965. In the 1960s, Street, National Masters Walter Harris and Ken Clayton, set the stage for the harnessing of Black talent in the Washington DC area.

Street became a Master in 1965. He initially received recognition by winning the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1965, and for many years thereafter, held the highest rating among Black players. He also won the club championship at the premier chess club, the Washington Chess Divan, by defeating Clayton. Street was preceded only by Harris as the first African American to earn the National Master title. His picture was on the cover of the July, 1965 issue of Chess Life magazine.

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