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Gisela Kahn Gresser
Number of games in database: 37
Years covered: 1946 to 1971
Last FIDE rating: 2090
Overall record: +9 -24 =4 (29.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
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GISELA KAHN GRESSER
(born Feb-08-1906, died Dec-04-2000, 94 years old) United States of America

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Gisela Kahn Gresser was born in Detroit, Michigan. FIDE awarded her the WIM title in 1950. She played in five Women's Candidates' tournaments (for the Women's World Chess Championship) and three Women's Chess Olympiads. She won the U.S. Women's Championship nine times: in 1944 (scoring 8-0), 1948 (with Mona May Karff), 1955 (with Nancy Roos), 1957 (with Sonja Graf-Stevenson), 1962, 1965, 1966 (with Lisa Lane), 1967, and 1969 (at age 63). In April 1963, with a rating of 2211, she became the first woman in the United States to achieve the title of National Master (Chess Life, April 1963, p. 89). She died in Manhattan on December 4, 2000.

Wikipedia article: Gisela Kahn Gresser


 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 37  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Rather vs G Gresser 0-110 1946 New York Marshall corrC34 King's Gambit Accepted
2. G Gresser vs F Heemskerk 0-169 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB10 Caro-Kann
3. E Tranmer vs G Gresser  1-048 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC77 Ruy Lopez
4. C Benini vs G Gresser  0-152 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. M Karff vs G Gresser  1-041 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. G Gresser vs N Hruskova-Belska  1-052 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC10 French
7. C Chaude de Silans vs G Gresser  1-036 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSA52 Budapest Gambit
8. G Gresser vs L Rudenko 1-041 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
9. G Gresser vs R Hermanowa  1-034 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. O Rubtsova vs G Gresser  1-043 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSA28 English
11. T Dunst vs G Gresser  1-013 1950 New YorkA00 Uncommon Opening
12. G Gresser vs M T Mora Iturralde  0-157 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB83 Sicilian
13. G Gresser vs E Bykova 0-153 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC55 Two Knights Defense
14. I Larsen vs G Gresser  1-062 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. G Gresser vs J Langos  1-036 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC55 Two Knights Defense
16. G Gresser vs V Borisenko-Belova 0-146 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC24 Bishop's Opening
17. Keller-Hermann vs G Gresser  1-059 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
18. Lombardy vs G Gresser 1-048 1956 Manhattan CC-ch sf-D 5657E58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
19. G Gresser vs E Ladanyike-Karakas  ½-½26 1959 Candidates Tournament (Women)A03 Bird's Opening
20. G Gresser vs O Rubtsova  ½-½41 1959 Candidates Tournament (Women)B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
21. G Gresser vs C Chaude de Silans  0-140 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B06 Robatsch
22. G Gresser vs L Lane 1-028 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
23. E Ladanyike-Karakas vs G Gresser  ½-½35 1963 Split ol (Women)C53 Giuoco Piano
24. A Nicolau Van Der Mije vs G Gresser  ½-½24 1963 2nd olw finalC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
25. A Chevrier vs G Gresser  0-127 1963 2nd olw finalB01 Scandinavian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-02-04  morphyvsfischer: I think this is the first woman GM.
Jan-01-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
http://www.bidmonfa.com/gresser_gis...
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Jul-20-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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?

R.I.P. Gisela.

Nov-04-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: <FSR> thanks much for taking the time to dig that out. Glad to see you (or somebody) updated her bio as well.
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