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Vera Menchik
Menchik 
 
Number of games in database: 294
Years covered: 1927 to 1943

Overall record: +84 -135 =72 (41.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (15) 
    D30 D37 D35
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    D00 D02 A46
 Slav (14) 
    D13 D15 D11 D10 D14
 Orthodox Defense (10) 
    D63 D52 D55 D51 D68
 English (10) 
    A14 A13 A15 A12
 Semi-Slav (9) 
    D43 D46 D45 D48
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (35) 
    C14 C11 C13 C00 C01
 Orthodox Defense (25) 
    D51 D63 D52 D61 D54
 French (16) 
    C11 C13 C00
 Classical French (13) 
    C14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D37 D35 D30 D31
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D02 D00 D04 A46 D05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Menchik vs G A Thomas, 1932 1-0
   Menchik vs Graf-Stevenson, 1937 1-0
   Menchik vs Colle, 1929 1-0
   F Lazard vs Menchik, 1929 0-1
   Menchik vs E E Book, 1938 1-0
   Menchik vs G A Thomas, 1936 1-0
   Sultan Khan vs Menchik, 1932 0-1
   Euwe vs Menchik, 1930 0-1
   A Lougheed-Freedman vs Menchik, 1939 0-1
   Menchik vs Flohr, 1935 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1929/30 (1929)
   Margate (1936)
   Margate (1937)
   London (1932)
   Hastings 1933/34 (1933)
   Hastings 1930/31 (1930)
   Margate (1938)
   Margate (1935)
   Podebrady (1936)
   Karlsbad (1929)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1939 World (women) chess championship by gauer
   Ramsgate 1929 team tournament by crawfb5
   Hastings 1929/30 by suenteus po 147
   1937 World (women) chess champ [Semmering match] by gauer


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VERA MENCHIK
(born Feb-16-1906, died Jun-27-1944, 38 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United Kingdom)
PRONUNCIATION:
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Vera Francevna Menchik Stevenson was born to English and Czech parents, in Moscow. She learned the game at nine and, after her family settled in England in 1921, she began taking lessons from Geza Maroczy. Her positional style and endgame expertise netted her victories against several notable male players, among them Max Euwe, Samuel Reshevsky and Mir Sultan Khan. Albert Becker quipped that these and the other men she defeated were members of the "Menchik Club."

Vera Menchik was Women's World Champion from 1927 until 1944, when a German air raid destroyed her London residence, killing her, her mother and her sister Olga Menchik.

An audiovisual documentary, prepared by User: jessicafischerqueen, can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTOl...

Wikipedia article: Vera Menchik

Last updated: 2017-09-04 04:44:37

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 294  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Menchik vs Koltanowski 0-1211927Hastings 1927/28 Major AE60 King's Indian Defense
2. S F Smith vs Menchik  1-0271927Hastings 1927/28 Major AB08 Pirc, Classical
3. J W Rivkine vs Menchik  1-0311927Hastings 1927/28 Major AC11 French
4. George Wright vs Menchik 0-1371928GBR-ch opB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
5. Baratz vs Menchik 0-1261928Hastings 1927/28 Major AA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
6. S F Smith vs Menchik  0-1281928Cheltenham MajorC11 French
7. G A Thomas vs Menchik 1-0321928ScarboroughC11 French
8. R P Michell vs Menchik 0-1481928ScarboroughD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
9. H Saunders vs Menchik  1-0431928ScarboroughA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Menchik vs F Schubert 1-0401928ScarboroughD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Menchik vs Yates 1-0461928ScarboroughE60 King's Indian Defense
12. Noteboom vs Menchik 1-0241928Hastings IID63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. Yates vs Menchik  ½-½251929Ramsgate schevA48 King's Indian
14. Menchik vs R P Michell 1-0311929Ramsgate schevA09 Reti Opening
15. Tylor vs Menchik  ½-½361929Ramsgate schevB58 Sicilian
16. H E Price vs Menchik 0-1531929Ramsgate schevE73 King's Indian
17. Menchik vs W Winter  ½-½231929Ramsgate schevE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. E G Sergeant vs Menchik  ½-½341929Ramsgate schevC14 French, Classical
19. Menchik vs G A Thomas 1-0421929Ramsgate schevD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
20. F Lazard vs Menchik 0-1351929ParisA02 Bird's Opening
21. Duchamp vs Menchik ½-½371929ParisD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Koltanowski vs Menchik 1-0251929ParisD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Menchik vs Colle 1-0391929ParisE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
24. Menchik vs Znosko-Borovsky  ½-½131929ParisE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. Menchik vs J A Seitz  0-1511929ParisD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Feb-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
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  HeMateMe: She was 'da Bomb! (No pun intended.)
Jan-31-15
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  Chessical: Vera Menchik gives a short accopunt of her early years to the press in 1927:

CHESS VICTOR. World's First Woman Champion. ...Miss Vera Menchik told a Press representative that she played her first game Moscow when she was only nine. She has lived at Hastings for six years. Her mother is English, and her father is Czecho-Slovakian, and she spent the earliest years of her life Russia. Papa plays chess well, and taught me much, but he is not a champion, said Miss Menchik.

My first big chess played at the open tournaments at Hastings. In this tournament I was confident of doing well. I was in Russia the time of the revolution, and I was then very young, but I do not want to say much about it. Like many more we had unpleasant times. Papa owned a mill there; he no longer has it. Once I played chess every day, but lately I have not been so constant to the game. At Hastings her instructor was <Maroczy>, the Hungarian master. Miss Menchik is short, homely girl, and unbobbed. She speaks broken English.

Source: <Aberdeen Journal - Saturday 30 July 1927 p.7.>

Jul-08-15
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  Gypsy: <norami: Her name means, loosely, "Truly Male-female">

Not really. You see a phonetically anglicised version of <Mensik> (soft 's' and long 'i') -- it is a common Czech name. It is derived from 'mensi' = 'smaller'. Incidentally, <Mensik> is the masculine version of the name; in Czechoslovakia, Vera has been commonly referred to by the feminine version of her name <Mensikova>.

Jul-08-15
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  Honza Cervenka: <Gypsy> I think that Vera's maiden surname was Menčíková, not Menšíková.
Jul-08-15
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  Gypsy: <Honza Cervenka> Ah, you are right.

(In South Moravia, the 'Menšík' version of the name is more common -- the source of my error.)

Jul-08-15
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  Honza Cervenka: <Gypsy> Yes, I know. And especially thanks to Vladimír Menšík the version with "š" is better known...:-)
Sep-18-15  JonDSouzaEva: According to freebmd.org.uk, Clifford Glanville Rubery, the husband of Olga Menchik, was born in the 3rd quarter of 1912 and he and Olga married in the 4th quarter of 1938. Elsewhere it is recorded that he died in 1999 at the age of 87.
Feb-16-16
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Vera Menchik.
Jul-26-16
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  TheFocus: On this day, Menchik won the 1931 Womens' World Championship. (Again)

I really respect Vera.

Aug-12-16  sudoplatov: As Vera Menchik was the first really strong woman playing competitive chess (as far as is known), perhaps she could be call "La Prima Vera."
Nov-22-16
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  TheFocus: This games collection is rather poor, in my opinion. I have plenty of Menchik games not in CeeGee.
Jan-28-17
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  zanzibar: <Searching for Menchik>

MCO-13 p99 has mention of a Giuoco Piano game she lost to Emery, played in 1939 in Biarritz.

This tournament isn't mentioned here:

http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/conte...

Anybody know anything? Is this Menchik her? What's the original source of the game?

<CG> does have it:

T Emery vs Menchik, 1939

OK, thanks.

Jan-28-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <zed>, believe Emery-Menchik was also mentioned in Botterill's <Open Gambits>, published in the mid 1980s, but my copy of Botterill is in mothballs.

If I ever get to France again, Biarritz is a place I would like to visit, besides the Cote d'Azur.

Jan-28-17
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  zanzibar: <perf> I don't know about that France place, I heard the beer ain't too good.

But someone did tell me the wine was mighty fine. So maybe.

Kidding aside - here's some postcard pictures from Biarritz:

http://www.britishairways.com/asset...

http://www.venuesworld.com/france/w...

http://www.france-voyage.com/visual...

http://cabinflooresoterica.com/imag...

Yeah, looks like a nice place to visit.

Jan-25-18
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  TheFocus: I received a copy of the Menchik bio by Robert Tanner, and I have to say that it was a disappointing book.

With McFarland, you get half good books, half bad books.

Jan-25-18
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  zanzibar: Winter seems to suggest the percentage is better, or at least doesn't seem to mention the other 50%:

<In recent decades, historical chess biographies have seen a major advance in scholarship, with far greater recognition of the need for precise sources. The world’s leading publisher in the field is McFarland & Company, Inc., and any list of its best biographical works is likely to include the following:

• Stephen Davies: Lipschütz;
• Richard Forster: Burn;
• Stephen W. Gordon: Reshevsky;
• Tim Harding: Blackburne and Eminent Victorian Chess Players; • John S. Hilbert: Hodges (with Peter P. Lahde), Kemeny, Leonard, Pollock (with O.G. Urcan), Shipley; • Martin Frčre Hillyer: Frčre;
• Hans Renette: Bird;
• Miguel A. Sánchez: Capablanca;
• Leonard M. Skinner and Robert G.P. Verhoeven: Alekhine; • Per Skjoldager and Jřrn Erik Nielsen: Nimzowitsch; • Olimpiu G. Urcan: Albin, Finn, Kaufmann (with P.M. Braunwarth), Pollock (with J.S. Hilbert); • Joost van Winsen: Mason;
• Aidan Woodger: Fine;
• Fabrizio Zavatarelli: Kolisch.
>

C.N. 10661

Gotta admit, just from my limited viewing of these titles, they're pretty darn good.

Jan-25-18
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  zanzibar: Winter seems to suggest the percentage is better, or at least doesn't seem to mention the other 50%:

<In recent decades, historical chess biographies have seen a major advance in scholarship, with far greater recognition of the need for precise sources. The world’s leading publisher in the field is McFarland & Company, Inc., and any list of its best biographical works is likely to include the following:

• Stephen Davies: Lipschütz;
• Richard Forster: Burn;
• Stephen W. Gordon: Reshevsky;
• Tim Harding: Blackburne and Eminent Victorian Chess Players;
• John S. Hilbert: Hodges (with Peter P. Lahde), Kemeny, Leonard, Pollock (with O.G. Urcan), Shipley;
• Martin Frčre Hillyer: Frčre;
• Hans Renette: Bird;
• Miguel A. Sánchez: Capablanca;
• Leonard M. Skinner and Robert G.P. Verhoeven: Alekhine;
• Per Skjoldager and Jřrn Erik Nielsen: Nimzowitsch;
• Olimpiu G. Urcan: Albin, Finn, Kaufmann (with P.M. Braunwarth), Pollock (with J.S. Hilbert);
• Joost van Winsen: Mason;
• Aidan Woodger: Fine;
• Fabrizio Zavatarelli: Kolisch.
>

C.N. 10661

Gotta admit, just from my limited viewing of these titles, they're pretty darn good.

Jan-25-18
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  OhioChessFan: You can say that again!
Jan-25-18
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  zanzibar: ... they're pretty darn good.
Jan-26-18  Retireborn: I put an order in for the Woodger book the other day. It had better be Fine!
Jan-26-18
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  MissScarlett: Is there an A H Coe in here?
Jan-26-18
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  zanzibar: <<RB> ... It had better be Fine!>

About Fine isn't good enuff?!

Jan-26-18  Retireborn: <z> The book certainly has a fine old price on it! I'm hoping to get a few more annotated games for my collection, though.
Jul-20-18
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  swampdragon: I have more of these than I should. The Alekhine book is marvelous, a true desert island book, and the Blackburne book isn't far behind.
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