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|Nov-28-11|| ||sevenseaman: A well planned, thoughtful spell-binding video - great backdrop music. Thanks Jessica.|
<Penguincw> Why compare. To me Vera looked a women's version of Tal - all chess, at once.
|Nov-28-11|| ||Penguincw: < sevenseaman: ... <Penguincw> Why compare. To me Vera looked a women's version of Tal - all chess, at once. >|
Well, Vera Menchik dominated the first few Women World Championships and also defeated a couple of men including the 5th World Champion, Max Euwe (see Euwe vs Menchik, 1930 and Menchik vs Euwe, 1931 for the games. Judit Polgar, on the other hand defeated who many regard as the best player in history of chess, Garry Kasparov (see Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 2002 for the game). Plus, Judit Polgar was the first woman to ever compete in a Men's World Championship game (FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)). So it's interesting to see if some how these two ladies can square off against one another.
|Nov-28-11|| ||TheFocus: Judit could have given Vera Rook odds easily.
From an earlier post of mine:
<In a record of Menchik's tournaments that I have found so far, she finished with a plus score in 29 tournaments, an even score in 6, and a minus score in 28, with two cross-tables not found yet so these totals are not complete. Her overall record has a minus score. She was a definite team player, completing in club matches at least 50 times, with a score of 33 wins, 17 draws and only 8 losses, with 2 game results not known.>
|Nov-28-11|| ||Phony Benoni: <TheFocus> No doubt Judit Polgar would have beaten Menchik easily. Menchik's wins over top masters were sensations. Polgar's are expected.|
But rook odds seems to be pushing it a bit much. It's hard to figure Menchik's exact strength. Chessmetrics gives her a peak rating of 2535, which seems ridiculously high; I'd say 2350 is more realistic. With Polgar around 2750, we're talking a 400-point difference.
Would you feel confident giving rook odds to a player 400-points below you?
Now, I realize that, due to the way ratings are calculated the 400-point gap in the Polgar-Menchik range probably represents a greater difference in playing strength then at lower levels. On the other hand, a 2350 player would have a certain level of playing strength and defensive ability, implying technique in exploiting such a large material advantage.
But then, if Fischer thought he could give Nona G. a knight, who really knows?
|Nov-28-11|| ||sevenseaman: <Penguincw> I too dig your curiosity. But comparisons across eras tend to be stilted. Tal was a roaring lion of his time but if he were to be transposed into the contemporary chess scene with the same tools, he would be easily outplayed. Evolution is our 'Catch 22'.|
We have no way of quantifying how he would have evolved and how dominant would he have stayed. It will remain a conjecture.
Vera and Judit have both achieved spectacular success against top guns of their respective times and both fell short of total domination.
Still they do lend to legitimate hero worship. Judit too would be in the game's folklore if not already.
The nature of human preferences is such that once we select an idol we tend to gloss over many a flaw there. We do not even wish to catch our own flaws in the preference. Who is ever happy to be proved wrong?
|Feb-16-12|| ||brankat: <Phony Benoni> <But then, if Fischer thought he could give Nona G. a knight, who really knows?>|
Fischer was wrong more than once about various issues.
In regards to women, and not just women, B.Fischer often showed his arrogant side.
It is probably pointless to compare Judit and Vera. But regardless of differences in the talent level, playing strength and 70 years age gap, a Rook odds is more than just "pushing it a bit".
You, and I would beat J.Polgar with such odds.
Btw, it's too bad that Bobby and Nona never met OTB :-)
|Feb-16-12|| ||brankat: R.I.P. Ms Menchik.|
|Feb-16-12|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Menchik.|
|Feb-16-12|| ||TheFocus: Happy Birthday Vera.
Thanks for the good times.
|Jun-30-12|| ||Karpova: C.N. 7711
After research by Olimpiu G. Urcan, Leonard Barden: <I contacted the Streatham Park Crematorium, which confirmed that Vera Menchik Stevenson, her mother and her sister were cremated on 4 July 1944 and that their ashes were scattered at a garden of remembrance, whose reference location is known. Whether that is precise enough for a memorial to be considered is arguable. Their house in Gauden Road, London was destroyed, and the policy of English Heritage, even if it could be interested, is to put plaques only where the original building still stands.>
|Jul-22-12|| ||Archswindler: <Phony Benoni: It's hard to figure Menchik's exact strength. Chessmetrics gives her a peak rating of 2535, which seems ridiculously high; I'd say 2350 is more realistic.>|
According to chessmetrics, at her peak she was ranked 52nd in the world. Obviously there were fewer strong players back then, but it seems reasonable to assume she was of at least IM strength.
|Jul-29-12|| ||Karpova: The Women's Worldchampionship at Hamburg 1930 began with a sensation: Henschel from Germany beat her. In the 2nd round, she managed only a draw against Kalmar-Wolf from Austria. But then everything went back to normal and she won all her remaining six games in this double-round robin tournament.|
1. Menchik 6.5
2. Kalmar-Wolf 5.5
3. Henschel 4.5
4. Beeskow 2.0
5. Stevenson 1.5
Source: Page 241 of the 1930 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung
|Sep-08-12|| ||Karpova: Simul Tour through the Netherlands in April 1934 with an overall result of: +245 =86 -57|
She also won a 5-player tournament in Groningen ahead of Wolthuis.
From page 189 of the 1934 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Nov-20-12|| ||FSR: A lot of men lost to this chick.|
|Nov-20-12|| ||Parbrahman: And that's the truth (vera).|
|Dec-31-12|| ||IndigoViolet: This site records the V1 attack that killed the Menchik family and eight others:|
Another useful resource, for the Blitz:
|Feb-16-13|| ||Sneaky: I propose that from now on, February 16th is known as Vera Menchik day.|
|Jul-21-13|| ||Karpova: IM Minev in 'Inside Chess', 1994/18 presents an autobiographical article <My successes on the chess field>, Vera wrote in 1928 and which was first published on pages 160-162 of August 1928 'Shakhmaty': http://shop.chesscafe.com/Inside-Ch...|
It features a picture, short biography, tournament results and some annotations.
|Feb-16-14|| ||Richard Taylor: I watched Jessica's YouTube on Menchik, I hadn't realised quite how good she was considering all things. Barden mentioned she was killed in the Blitz: but not that her whole family had been killed. Tragic end.|
|Feb-16-14|| ||norami: Her name means, loosely, "Truly Male-female"|
|Feb-16-14|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Vera Menchik. Too bad she didn't live to see 1950. She probably could've became the first woman to receive the GM title.|
|Feb-16-14|| ||thegoodanarchist: Women's hair styles back then were kinda weird.|
|Feb-16-14|| ||Karposian: <thegoodanarchist> Perhaps people back then would consider women's hair styles of today to be kinda weird..?|
|Feb-16-14|| ||thegoodanarchist: <Karposian: <thegoodanarchist> Perhaps people back then would consider women's hair styles of today to be kinda weird..?>|
Probably not. They're all dead. ;)
|Feb-16-14|| ||HeMateMe: She was 'da Bomb! (No pun intended.)|
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