|Mar-29-04|| ||Benzol: Rowena Bruce must go down in history as the first player to lose to two World Champions in one day, namely Vera Menchik and Alyekhin at Plymouth 1938. |
|Aug-01-04|| ||Knight13: Who's Rowena? I've never heard of him. |
|Aug-01-04|| ||Zenchess: Knight13, Rowena is usually a girl's name. |
|Dec-23-04|| ||Benzol: Rowena Mary Bruce (nee Dew)
Born 15th May 1919 in Plymouth
Awarded the WIM title in 1951 she won the Worlds Junior Women's title in 1935.
She won the British Women's title in 1937 as Rowena Mary Dew.
After she married she won the British Women's title in 1950 (after playoff), 1951, 1954, 1959, 1960, 1962 and 1963.
She was also joint champion in 1955, 1967 and 1969.
She also finished 1st= in 1946 but lost the playoff.
|Jul-15-05|| ||GreaseMonkey: The Bruce playing at Plymouth 1938 was Ron Bruce. Rowena Dew became his wife later. |
Incidentally Ron Bruce is my - six links to Kevin Bacon - link to Alekhine. I beat Ron in a British County Championship q-final in the eighties. He equalised comfortably but I had to refuse his draw for the team.
|Dec-29-06|| ||Karpova: <GreaseMonkey> So Rowena didn't play that game versus Alekhine?|
|Jan-08-07|| ||GreaseMonkey: That's right. My copy of MegaBase is only 2001 but they attribute the 1938 game to Rowena Bruce as well as three games from the British Championship in 1954. This was also a tournament in which Ron played. Rowena won the Ladies Championship that year which was a separate tournament.|
|May-15-08|| ||whiteshark: Player of the Day
Here is a picture of her:
The competitors at the 1947 WECU Championship, showing A.R.B. Thomas in characteristic pose playing against D. V. Hooper, with the owner of the restaurant venue looking on. L - r: H. V. Trevenen; H. Wilson-Osborne (WECU President); R. A. (Ron) Slade; <Rowena Bruce; <Ron Bruce>>; H. V. (Harry) Mallison; Chris Sullivan; C. Welch (Controller); F. E. A. (Frank) Kitto.
|Aug-01-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Excellent biography and photos:
|Feb-10-11|| ||sdrumovic: In the link mentioned by GrahamClayton, a 1935 World Girl Junior Championship sponsored by FIDE and won by R.M Bruce is mentioned; and it is also reported as being the 10th edition!
I have never heard of such competitions in pre-WWII years before. Any more info?|
|Feb-10-11|| ||TheFocus: This WAS not a FIDE Junior Girls' title. It was the British Chess Federation's title (called British Girls' Open).|
FIDE began the Junior Girls' Title in 1982.
|May-15-11|| ||Richard Taylor: Interesting bio and games.|
|May-15-11|| ||HeMateMe: Roberts sister?|
|May-15-11|| ||BobCrisp: <Rowena>, a rare name indeed. I can't help but think of <Rowenta>, a leading supplier of domestic appliances such as irons, toasters and kettles.|
|May-15-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: Rowena Mary Bruce Dew, today you are remembered!