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Berna Carrasco Araya
Number of games in database: 7
Years covered: 1939
Last FIDE rating: 2165
Overall record: +5 -2 =0 (71.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-19-1914, died Jul-07-2013, 98 years old) Chile

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Berna Carrasco Araya (Carrasco de Budinich) was born in Chile in 1914. She was a Women's World Championship Challenger in 1939, coming 3rd behind the winner, Vera Menchik, and runner up Sonja Graf-Stevenson. She was awarded the WIM title in 1954 and at the time of her death (aged 98) she was the oldest living holder of a FIDE title. She was the only woman to participate in the 1966 Havana Olympiad.

Wikipedia article: Berna Carrasco; Photo of her at the 1939 Olympiad:

 page 1 of 1; 7 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Carrasco Araya vs Graf-Stevenson  1-0631939Wch (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. M T Mora Iturralde vs B Carrasco Araya  0-1741939Wch (Women)E61 King's Indian
3. B Carrasco Araya vs M Lauberte  1-0511939World championship (Women)C07 French, Tarrasch
4. B Carrasco Araya vs Menchik 0-1241939Wch (Women)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. M Karff vs B Carrasco Araya  0-1551939Wch (Women)E81 King's Indian, Samisch
6. E Rinder vs B Carrasco Araya  1-0351939Wch (Women)C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
7. C Roodzant vs B Carrasco Araya  0-1221939Wch (Women)D80 Grunfeld
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  Tabanus: Berna Carrasco Araya (Carrasco de Budinich), born 19 December 1914 in San Bernardo, Chile.

She was a Women's World Championship challenger at Buenos Aires 1939, where she took 3rd, behind Vera Menchik and Sonja Graf. Carrasco was awarded the Woman International Master (WIM) title in 1954.


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  Stonehenge: Happy 96th Birthday :)
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  brankat: < of January 2011 she is the oldest living holder of a FIDE title.>

Happy Birthday Senora Carrasco!

Dec-19-11  BIDMONFA: Berna Carrasco


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  Stonehenge: Happy 98th Birthday :)
Jul-31-13  DoctorD: I received an unconfirmed report that Ms. Carrasco died July 7th. Can anyone confirm one way or the other?
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  whiteshark: <DoctorD> Obituary (in Spanish) confirms the date:
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  whiteshark: Here is a picture of <Berna Carrasco> amid the Chilean 1939 Olympiad team:
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