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Vera Menchik vs Albert Becker
Karlsbad (1929)  ·  Semi-Slav Defense: Stonewall Defense (D45)  ·  1-0
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: According to legend, before his game with her, Becker sneered that she had no place at the Carlsbad tournament, and that any man who lost to her should be forced to join "The Vera Menchik Club." He was the first man to join (after his suggestion; of course he wasn't the first man to lose to her). But that is just the legend; does anyone know if it's true?
Feb-16-06  Runemaster: I grew up hearing that Becker story, but I don't know whether it's true, either.
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  WannaBe: See <Albertan>'s post on Becker's page.
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  Karpova: <The fool learns by suffering.

[Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 216.]>

Though it's not quite clear if Becker was indeed the one to suggest the <Vera Menchik Club>

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  whiteshark: There were also some postings here:
Euwe vs Menchik, 1929
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  PhilFeeley: Jennefer Shahade assumes the Becker story is true in her book "Chess Bitch".
Jan-03-15  Severin: Let's not forget that Becker finished with 12/21 and Menchik finished with 3/21. People tend to underrate Becker due to this incident, but he was the stronger player of the two without question.

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