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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:19 PM

Vera Menchik

...was a British-Czech chess player who gained renown as the world's first women's chess champion. She also competed in chess tournaments with some of the world's leading male chess masters, defeating many of them, including future World Champion Max Euwe.



When in 1929, Menchik entered the Carlsbad, Viennese master Albert Becker ridiculed her entry by proposing that any player whom Menchik defeated in tournament play should be granted membership into the Vera Menchik Club. In the same tournament, Becker himself became the first member of the "club". In addition to Becker, the "Vera Menchik Club" eventually included Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, Abraham Baratz, Eero Böök, Edgard Colle, Max Euwe, Harry Golombek, Mir Sultan Khan, Frederic Lazard, Jacques Mieses, Stuart Milner-Barry, Karel Opočenský, Brian Reilly, Samuel Reshevsky, Friedrich Sämisch, Lajos Steiner, George Alan Thomas, William Winter, and Frederick Yates.

The sad story is that 38-year-old Vera, who was widowed the previous year, still holding the title of women's world champion, her two sisters and their mother were killed in a V-1 rocket bombing raid which destroyed their home in South London.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Menchik

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:57 PM

1. With Goddess speed Ms. Menchik

 

Too bad she didn't experience a "Bronstein's Delay" in her death by bombing.

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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:06 AM

2. Nice one

Such a sad ending though

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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:43 PM

3. Angels danced in heaven on the day you were born Vera Menchik.

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