From Vera to Judit

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The Conference starts today. It is time for some reflection on the history of women’s chess.

The modern era of women’s started with Vera Menchik who won the first recognised Women’s World Championship in 1927. The Vera Menchik Club was the group of male players that Vera beat – men that had never lost to a woman.

She lived a life which traced the sweep of European history. It is perhaps surprising that a full-length biography has never been published.

Judit Polgar was a grandmaster at the age of 15 was the highest-rated woman player for 26 years until 2015, becoming 8th ranked in the world. She is joining the conference on Sunday afternoon after receiving an award at a gala dinner tonight in Monaco as European Chess Legend (female).

A light-hearted video from ChessKids.com gives a glimpse of the great moves they played.

https://www.chesskid.com/videos/girl-power

About John Foley

Director, London Chess Conference Secretary, Education Commission, European Chess Union Director, ChessPlus Ltd Promoting chess as a way to develop thinking skills

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