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Gisela Harum
Number of games in database: 15
Years covered: 1932 to 1934
Overall record: +1 -10 =4 (20.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(died 1995) Austria

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Gisela Harum was born in 1902 or 1903. She played four times in the Women's World Championship. She took 7th at London 1927 (Vera Menchik won), 8th at Folkestone 1933 (V. Menchik won), 3rd (behind V. Menchik and Regina Gerlecka) at Warsaw 1935, and tied for 17-20th at Stockholm 1937 (V. Menchik won). Harum was Austrian women's champion in 1937.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Harum vs Graf-Stevenson  0-1271932ViennaD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
2. Spielmann vs G Harum 1-0211933EbenseeC11 French
3. Prins vs G Harum  1-0481933Ebensee fin-BB40 Sicilian
4. E Eliskases vs G Harum  1-0381933EbenseeC00 French Defense
5. G Harum vs H G Schenk 1-0581933Ebensee fin-BA40 Queen's Pawn Game
6. T Demetriescu vs G Harum  1-0461933EbenseeC14 French, Classical
7. H Razinger vs G Harum  1-0181933Ebensee fin-BC11 French
8. G Harum vs T Demetriescu  ½-½501933Ebensee fin-BA47 Queen's Indian
9. G Harum vs F Kunert  0-1481933EbenseeA47 Queen's Indian
10. G Harum vs H Mueller  0-1531933EbenseeA47 Queen's Indian
11. G Harum vs H Razinger  ½-½271933EbenseeD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. G Harum vs Prins 0-1261933EbenseeA40 Queen's Pawn Game
13. H G Schenk vs G Harum  ½-½231933EbenseeD00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. G van Doesburgh vs G Harum  1-0331934KlosterneuburgC10 French
15. G Harum vs H W Felderhof  ½-½361934KlosterneuburgD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Sep-10-12  Karpova: She got married in December 1937 and was named Rott afterwards.

From page 13 of the 1938 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Sep-10-12  Harvestman: So, did Harum scare-um?
Dec-30-12  Karpova: She can be seen in a picture in Winter's C.N. 7908 from Ebensee 1933.


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  whiteshark: Here's the picture <Karpova> mentioned:

Related C.N. 7908 text:

"Dr. Michael Negele (Wuppertal, Germany) has found this photograph in the Rueb scrapbooks at the Royal Library in the Hague. He writes:

‘I believe that I have identified most of the players. Standing from left to right are: Hans Müller, Rudolf Spielmann, N.N., Franz Kunert, N.N. and Erich Eliskases. Seated: Theophil Demetriescu, <Gisela Harum> and Lodewijk Prins.’"

Here you'll find the final table of <Ebensee 1933> http://www.rogerpaige.webspace.virg...

so that both N.N.s are most likely <Holger S Schenk> and <Ratzinger>.

Oct-19-13  Karpova: According to Paula Kalmar*, Gisela Harum was 20 years old in 1923 (see the source below, February 1923) so she was most likely born in 1903.

* Page 22 of the March 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung' (originally from 'Neue Freie Presse' of February 23, 1923).

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  perfidious: <Karpova>: Wouldn't it be far more likely that Harum was born in 1902, given that your sources are dated early in 1923?
Oct-19-13  Karpova: I found an interesting remark on the Women's World Championship, both on page 178 of the June and page 193 of the July 1933 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung': Gisela Harum couldn't participate for financial reasons - the bio here states that she came in 8th.


I agree with you that 1902 is also quite likely. So far, I didn't find any more concrete mention in the 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'. I see that the wikipedia dates have been taken over for this biography by now. Is there any independent source? (wikipedia itself gives no source as Harum's birthyear and date of death are not mentioned in source 1).

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  Stonehenge: Other picture:

Oct-02-14  Karpova: Gisela Harum gave a 5-board Simul in the Greiner Chess Association on 9 March 1922, scoring +4 -1 =0.

Source: 'Österreichische Schachrundschau', March 1922, issue 3, p. 20

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  TheFocus: She was called Harum-Scarum by the opponents that feared her.
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  perfidious: Procol Harum.
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