|Apr-02-04|| ||morphyvsfischer: I think this is the first woman GM. |
|Jan-01-05|| ||Benzol: Gisela Khan Gresser
Born 8th February 1906 in Detroit
A WIM in 1950 she was Women's World Championship Challenger in 1949-50.
|Jan-01-05|| ||tpstar: <Benzol> Khan or Kahn? |
|Jan-01-05|| ||vonKrolock: < tpstar: <Benzol> Khan or Kahn?> All the available sources gives the form KAHN - the results presenting the other spelling are related to Sultan Khan.|
***en passant http://www.chesslinks.org/hof/gress... presents a very detailed Gresser's bio
|Jan-01-05|| ||Benzol: <tpstar> <vonKrolock> <Khan or Kahn>
Sorry guys that should have been Kahn.
A fingerslip on the keyboard.
|Jan-04-05|| ||Lawrence: After reading <Arnold Denker>'s obituary in the "N.Y.Times" I saw that they let you access the Dec. 2000 obituary of <Gisela Kahn Gresser>.|
Many kibitzers ask about the possibility of learning to play chess well when you only start as an adult. According to the obituary, she learned at the age of 33 and was 9 times U.S. Women's champion.
|Feb-08-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Gisela Kahn Gresser|
GRESSER, Gisela Kahn
|Jul-20-07|| ||whiteshark: http://www.goddesschess.com/chessgo...
presents a very detailed Gresser's bio|
|Jul-20-07|| ||Petrosianic: Interesting. It says she was the first woman in the United States to get a master title. I would have thought that was Sonja Graf.|
Unfortunately, histories of the US Women's Championship are hard to find. I've got several crosstables of tournaments that Gresser competed in, but none of the 9 that she won. Her rating was still over 2000 in the early 70's, but slipped to low 1900's/high 1800's by the middle of the decade.
|Jul-03-08|| ||stoy: I remember her in the Marshall Chess Club in the mid 1960's. I lost a tournament game to her. She was a good person.|
|Feb-08-09|| ||brankat: <Petrosianic> Sonja Graf was a Women's WC Challenger already in 1937 and '39, so most likely she'd had a Master title already, probably in 1936 after her victory in Semmering. She moved to the States only after the WWII, and was awarded the WIM in 1950 when the title was introduced.|
|Feb-08-09|| ||brankat: In Mrs.Kahn-Gresser's Bio it states: "..died Dec - 00.." I assume it is 2000?|
|Nov-04-11|| ||whiteshark: Here are two pictures of the younger Ms. Gresser: http://www.tabladeflandes.com/frank...|
|Feb-08-12|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Ms.Gresser!|
|Aug-22-13|| ||Caissanist: Does anyone know when, exactly, Gresser achieved a master rating? I had thought that no American woman did so until Diane Savereide, around 1980. There are several obituaries of her that state she was the first to make master, but none state when exactly she did so. This seems strange.|
|Aug-22-13|| ||perfidious: <Caissanist>: There is some discussion of this at Lisa Lane as well.|
Like yourself, I have believed Savereide was the first (Rachel Crotto also became a master, but I've no idea when), though this is but a dim recollection.
|Aug-22-13|| ||FSR: <Caissanist> Good question. I believe that at one time I searched through the <Chess Life> CD-ROMs and the bound volumes I have (I have 1961 through 1965 or something like that) trying to find where she had a master's rating. I definitely found lists where she was rated 2100-something, but as I recall could not find a list where she was rated 2200 or above.|
|Aug-23-13|| ||FSR: I have solved the mystery! <Chess Life>, April 1963, p. 89:|
<Mrs. Gresser First Woman Master
Page 93 of this issue of CHESS LIFE is of some historical interest: for the first time the name of a woman appears on a list of USCF Masters! This honor goes to U.S. Women's Champion Gisela K. Gresser of New York City, whose strong play in the Marshall and Manhattan championships lifted her rating to 2211.
For many years Mrs. Gresser has been rated the number one woman player in the country; her victory a year ago in the Women's Championship was the fifth time that she has won the national title.>
|Aug-29-13|| ||Caissanist: <FSR> thanks much for taking the time to dig that out. Glad to see you (or somebody) updated her bio as well.|