The U.S. Blind championship was won by Jim Thoune of Bowling Green, Kentucky, ahead of Al Pietrolungo of Pittsburgh. Thoune beat the highest-rated player, Agan Hajric, in round 2, and drew with Pietrolungo in round 3. Hajric withdrew. Pietrolungo then lost to Henry Olynik in round 4, a game for which Olynik won the upset prize.
The tournament was organized by Rick Varchetto and directed by Boyd Reed. Reed, who is better known for directing at much larger tournaments, welcomed the somewhat more relaxed atmosphere at the U.S. Blind. A crew of volunteers served as game overseers, making sure that each player played his opponent’s move correctly on his own board; the volunteers also kept written scores, since the players’ own Braille scores or tape recordings would not have been easy for yours truly to include in this article. As in past years, the Myers family arranged for lunches and dinners for players and volunteers.