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Elaine Saunders Pritchard
Number of games in database: 29
Years covered: 1936 to 1980
Last FIDE rating: 2150
Overall record: +15 -8 =6 (62.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-07-1926, died Jan-07-2012, 86 years old) United Kingdom

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Elaine Zelia Pritchard (née Saunders) was born on the 7th of January 1926. Awarded the WIM title in 1957 she was World Junior Women's Champion in 1936 and 1937. She was married to David Brine Pritchard and the mother of Wanda Dakin. Daughter of Henry de Beaufort Saunders. She also won the British Women's Championship in 1939 and 1946 (after a play-off) under her maiden name, and again in 1956 and 1965.

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Last updated: 2020-12-26 11:50:05

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 29  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Pritchard vs H de Beaufort Saunders 1-0211936Blindfold casualC51 Evans Gambit
2. Spielmann vs E Pritchard 0-1181938Simul, 25bB32 Sicilian
3. P W Sergeant vs E Pritchard 0-1361943corrC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. Menchik vs E Pritchard 0-1561943Casual gameD00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. E Pritchard vs R M Bruce  1-0201946BCF-Women Play-offB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
6. E Pritchard vs A Hollis 1-02219597th Stevenson MemorialC01 French, Exchange
7. C Roodzant vs E Pritchard  ½-½481963ENG-NEDD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
8. E Pritchard vs C Roodzant  0-1381963ENG-NEDD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. J Hempel vs E Pritchard 0-1171967Radio gameC50 Giuoco Piano
10. E Pritchard vs J Hempel 1-061967Radio gameC40 King's Knight Opening
11. E Pritchard vs E Ladanyike-Karakas  1-0451967Havering (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. E Ladanyike-Karakas vs E Pritchard  ½-½311967Paignton (Women)C48 Four Knights
13. E Pritchard vs B Brinck-Claussen  0-1261969CastlebarA07 King's Indian Attack
14. O Burke vs E Pritchard  0-1271969CastlebarC42 Petrov Defense
15. E Pritchard vs N J Patterson  0-1271969CastlebarB56 Sicilian
16. O P Eriksen vs E Pritchard  ½-½161969CastlebarD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. E Pritchard vs J Brennan 1-0141969CastlebarC52 Evans Gambit
18. R G Wade vs E Pritchard  1-0341969CastlebarC42 Petrov Defense
19. E Pritchard vs I Levitina 0-1401972Skopje Olympiad (Women) Final-AB02 Alekhine's Defense
20. E Pritchard vs Z Veroci  0-1331972Skopje Olympiad (Women) Final-AC51 Evans Gambit
21. S Warkentin vs E Pritchard  0-1361976Haifa Olympiad (Women)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. W R Stretch vs E Pritchard  0-1281976Haifa Olympiad (Women)C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
23. E Pritchard vs N Kellner  0-1301976Haifa Olympiad (Women)C10 French
24. T Gassemann vs E Pritchard  ½-½301976Haifa Olympiad (Women)C42 Petrov Defense
25. T Canela Gimenez vs E Pritchard  0-1191976Haifa Olympiad (Women)C42 Petrov Defense
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  BishopBerkeley: Wonderful photo of child prodigy Elaine Saunders here (likely Elaine Pritchard as a child):

From the article:


Rudolph Speilmann was one of the strongest players in the world in the 1920s and 1930s. This game is taken from a simultaneous exhibition that he gave. The British 12-year-old chess genius Elaine Saunders takes him apart in a Sicilian Defence.

Rudolf Spielmann - Elaine Saunders

Sicilian Defence

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 d6 5 c4 Nf6 6 Nc3 g6 7 Be2 Bg7 8 Be3 O-O 9 Nxc6 bxc6 10 h4 Qa5 11 Qd2 Ng4

12 h5 Nxe3 13 Qxe3 Qb4 14 Qd2 Be6 15 hxg6 fxg6 16 a3 Qc5 17 O-O-O Rxf2 18 b4 Qe5 19 White resigns.


Quite wonderful! (Thanks to <SBC> for helping me make this connection.)

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

Jun-15-07  Karpova: More information on her (llok for Elaine Saunders):
Jan-13-08  Karpova: Rudolf Spielmann – Elaine Saunders
Sicilian Defence

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.Be3 O-O 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.h4 Qa5 11.Qd2 Ng4 12.h5 Nxe3 13.Qxe3 Qb4 14.Qd2 Be6 15.hxg6 fxg6 16.a3 Qc5 17.O-O-O Rxf2 18.b4 Qe5 0-1

This game was given <on pages 263-264 of the Australasian Chess Review, 31 October 1938>.

The date is unknown but when did Spielmann visit Australia for a Simul tour (if we know that we could submit the game)?

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  roberts partner: The Spielmann v Saunders game was played when Spielmann gave a simul during the international tournament at Margate 1938, and Elaine's victory was mentioned at the time by BH Wood in his tournament report in CHESS.
Jan-13-08  Karpova: <roberts partner>
Thanks! I'll submit the game.
Apr-07-08  MichAdams: <C.N. 3826:

Elaine Saunders gave an account of her game against Alekhine on page 224 of British Chess by G.S. Botterill, D.N.L. Levy, J.M. Rice and M.J. Richardson (Oxford, 1983):

‘The incident which received the most publicity was the “affair Alekhine”. Most of the pre-war giants were kindly if a little condescending towards me but the new world champion – he had just regained the title from Euwe – showed me no mercy. He took on 30 Kent players at the Charing Cross Hotel and after five hours demolished all except myself. [In fact, Alekhine’s final score was +27 –2 =1.] The ending was equal. He stood over our board and glowered. “Give the child a draw”, said someone in Russian in the audience, which despite the midnight hour were everywhere on chairs and even under tables. “I know what I am doing”, came the reply, and of course he did. I lost.’>

Ruthless to the end. Bastard.

<Elaine's impression of Alexander Alekhine was less pleasant. "I didn't like him. I sat in the same compartment with him on the train to Margate and he didn't say a word throughout the whole journey." [...] ...while Alekhine was even reported in CHESS as saying, "She is a genius!" However, "when he played me in another simul, at Bournemouth, he mashed me up - he wasn't going to let the same thing happen again."> -- Elaine: A 10-Year-Old World Champion, CHESS, October 1997

Jan-07-09  brankat: A fascinating story of a great chess talent! A world junior champ at 10, and again at 11!

Happy Birthday Mrs.Pritchard!

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  GrahamClayton: Here are a couple of Saunders pritchard Games not in the database. First, a hard fought win against the current women's world champion:

[Event "Casual game"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1943.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Menchik, Vera"]
[Black "Saunders Pritchard, Elaine"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. e3 c6 3. Nd2 e6 4. Bd3 f5 5. Nh3 Bd6 6. O-O Qc7 7. f4 Nf6 8. c4 Ne4 9. Bxe4 fxe4 10. Qh5+ g6 11. Qe2 Na6 12. c5 Bf8 13. a3 Bg7 14. b4 b6 15. Rb1 bxc5 16. bxc5 Qe7 17. Qd1 Nc7 18. Nb3 Ba6 19. Re1 Bd3 20. Rb2 a5 21. Bd2 a4 22. Nc1 Bb5 23. Na2 Bc4 24. Nf2 Bb3 25. Qc1 O-O 26. Nb4 Qd7 27. Rb1 Nb5 28. Ng4 Rf7 29. Rf1 Raf8 30. h4 h5 31. Nf2 Bc4 32. Re1 e5 33. dxe5 Bxe5 34. Nxe4 dxe4 35. fxe5 Bd3 36. Nxd3 Qxd3 37. Ba5 Nxa3 38. Ra1 Nc2 39. Rd1 Qxe3+ 40. Qxe3 Nxe3 41. Rd6 Rf1+ 42. Rxf1 Rxf1+ 43. Kh2 Ng4+ 44. Kg3 Nxe5 45. Bc3 Nd3 46. Rxc6 e3 47. Rxg6+ Kf7 48. Rg7+ Ke6 49. Rg6+ Kd5 50. Rd6+ Kc4 51. c6 Rf8 52. Ba5 Rc8 53. c7 a3 54. Rd8 a2 55. Rxc8 a1=Q 56. Rd8 Qe5+ 0-1

The second is a victory over one of the stalwarts of English chess:

[Event "corr"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1943.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Sergeant, Philip W"]
[Black "Saunders Pritchard, Elaine"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. c3 Bc5 10. a4 b4 11. Qe2 O-O 12. Bc2 Bf5 13. Be3 Bxe3 14. Qxe3 Ng3 15. Bxf5 Nxf5 16. Qc5 Qd7 17. cxb4 Rfb8 18. Nc3 Nxb4 19. Rad1 c6 20. Rd2 a5 21. Nd4 Nxd4 22. Qxd4 Qe7 23. Re1 Re8 24. Qg4 Qc5 25. Re3 d4 26. Rg3 Qxe5 27. Re2 f5 28. Qf3 Qc5 29. Qh5 Rxe2 30. Nxe2 Qc2 31. h4 Qxb2 32. Qh6 d3 33. Qe6+ Kh8 34. Re3 Rg8 35. Nf4 d2 36. Qxf5 d1=Q+ 0-1

Source: John Saunders, "CHESS Magazine at War", CHESS, Volum 75, No 11 (February 2011).

Jan-18-12  Cibator: Sorry to have to announce that Elaine Pritchard passed away a few days ago (not sure yet of the exact date). Further information and comments can be found here:

Jul-18-15  ljfyffe: Pritchard scored 4 and a half points out of a possible 11 points in the Ladies World Correspondence Chess Championship II Final(1972-1977), including two wins.
Mar-22-16  BIDMONFA: Elaine Saunders Pritchard


Apr-17-16  luftforlife: <Tab>: Elaine Zelia Saunders was born on January 7, 1926. Her father was Henry de Beaufort Saunders, born August 7, 1900, Folkestone, Kent:

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  MissScarlett: <<However, "when he played me in another simul, at Bournemouth, he mashed me up - he wasn't going to let the same thing happen again."> -- Elaine: A 10-Year-Old World Champion, CHESS, October 1997>

This second simul doesn't appear in Skinner & Verhoeven, but I've found reference to it in the <Western Gazette> of Friday, May 13th, 1938, p.16:

<The world's champion chess player, Dr. Alekhine, paid a visit to Bournemouth on Saturday [i.e., May 7th], and at the Glenroy Hall Hotel, West Cliff, he was opposed in 30 simultaneous games by leading players in the Southwest. He beat 29 of them, but lost to Mr. J. A. Harris, hon. secretary of the Bournemouth Chess Club. The matches were arranged by the Hampshire Chess Association.

The opponents of Dr. Alekhine included Miss Elaine Saunders, aged 12, of Kent, who, at her second meeting with the champion, lasted for nearly 40 moves before she was beaten.>

A list of some of the participants follows, including one <J. Speden [sic] Lewis>.

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  MissScarlett: The Falkirk Herald, May 8th, 1935, p.12:

<On Friday evening, 26th April, at Margate, S. Reshevsky - the American chess star - played 23 games simultaneously. He won 22 with the greatest of ease and drew one against Miss Eileen [sic] Saunders, aged only nine years. This pretty little child is playing in one of the junior tournaments at Margate, for those under 15 years, and has won three out of four, up to the time of writing. She duly recorded each move in her game against Reshevsky, which was the last game finished.>

Dec-20-19  Jean Defuse: ...

<The obituary for Elaine Saunders Pritchard by Justin Horton> (and more about her meetings with Alekhine):



<Three little known games & photos of the child prodigy>:


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