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Mary Bain
Number of games in database: 37
Years covered: 1933 to 1970

Overall record: +9 -21 =6 (33.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D02 D04 A46
 Reti System (5) 
    A04 A05 A06
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D05 E10 A45
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   Capablanca vs M Bain, 1933 0-1
   M Bain vs Z L Hoover, 1938 1-0
   M Bain vs N Elder, 1963 1-0
   M Bain vs W Cook, 1938 1-0

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(born Aug-08-1904, died Oct-26-1972, 68 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Mary Bain was born in Hungary. She was Women's World Championship Challenger in 1937 and 1952 and was awarded the WIM title in 1952. She was the first American woman to represent the U.S. in an organized chess competition. She was also US Women's Champion from 1951-53, losing the title to Mona May Karff.

Perhaps her most enduring game is an 11 move victory over Jose Raul Capablanca while the Cuban was giving a simultaneous exhibition (see Capablanca vs M Bain, 1933).

Wikipedia article: Mary Bain

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 37  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Capablanca vs M Bain 0-1111933Simul, 23bC48 Four Knights
2. M Bain vs R Merchant 1-0261938USA Continental Jubilee corrA47 Queen's Indian
3. M Bain vs Z L Hoover 1-0351938USA Continental Jubilee corrD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. M Bain vs W Cook 1-0231938USA Continental Jubilee corrC87 Ruy Lopez
5. J Levin vs M Bain 1-0171939Ventnor CityA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
6. M Bain vs T Knorr ½-½291939Ventnor CityE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
7. F Reinfeld vs M Bain  1-0511939Ventnor CityD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
8. M Bain vs J W Collins  0-1351939Ventnor CityD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
9. M Bain vs Santasiere  0-1261939Ventnor CityD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. John J Leary vs M Bain  1-0271939Ventnor CityD05 Queen's Pawn Game
11. H R Morris vs M Bain  ½-½381939Ventnor CityD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. M Bain vs H Burdge 0-1221939Ventnor CityD04 Queen's Pawn Game
13. E McCormick vs M Bain  1-0391939Ventnor CityB02 Alekhine's Defense
14. M Bain vs M L Hanauer  0-1521939Ventnor CityA92 Dutch
15. M Bain vs O Ulvestad ½-½281939Ventnor CityB02 Alekhine's Defense
16. O Ulvestad vs M Bain  1-044194748th US OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
17. M Bain vs V Borisenko-Belova 1-0331952Women's World Championship Candidates TournamentE70 King's Indian
18. Rossolimo vs M Bain  1-03419542nd Pan-American Chess CongressA15 English
19. M Bain vs C Kalme 1-04019542nd Pan-American Chess CongressA05 Reti Opening
20. M Schleifer vs M Bain  1-05319542nd Pan-American Chess CongressC10 French
21. M Bain vs J Kagetsu  1-03319542nd Pan-American Chess CongressE15 Queen's Indian
22. A Brandler vs M Bain  0-1401963Split Olympiad (Women)A38 English, Symmetrical
23. M Bain vs M Cauquil  1-0281963Split Olympiad (Women)A06 Reti Opening
24. M Litmanowicz vs M Bain  1-0401963Split Olympiad (Women)E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
25. M Bain vs S Handsuren  0-1591963Split Olympiad (Women)D04 Queen's Pawn Game
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Feb-27-05  SBC: <On the strength of its mention alone or because of the credibility of the source?>

The credibility of source of the article.


Why don't you make a site on your grandmother?

Apr-15-05  refutor: was there not an article on her last year in chess life, including some games? maybe the only game listed was the one v. belova...i'll have to go see if i can dig up the issue
Apr-15-05  aragorn69: <> Your database gives Capa as Black (and winner) in the blindfold game cited above by <SBC> (whereas she gives Capa as White, i.e. the loser). Any explanation for this discrepancy ? Anyone with access to the early Chess Notes ?
Apr-15-05  aragorn69: After looking at the other games here attributed to Mary Bain, I must say I am pretty sure that Capa was Black (as stands in cg's database) in that blindfold game... Ms. Bain was no stranger to losing pawns or pieces in the opening, which was not exactly the Cuban's case. Sorry <RichWhy> ;-)
Apr-15-05  Jamespawn: I entered this game with Capa in the computer and it has Black winning. I wonder why he resigned ?
Apr-15-05  Jamespawn: I see one poster that says Capa was white so that makes more sense.
Apr-15-05  marekg248: <aragorn69> Chess explorations by Edward Winter has it this way: J.R.Capablanca (simultaneous) - M. Bain, Hollywood, 21 May 1933 (CN 1653)
Apr-16-05  refutor: i was able to dig up some mary bain games from the megabase...there's a bunch of games from the 1963 olympiad as well, but not against anyone i've heard of...i will post some of them and submit them

[Event "Ventnor City"]
[Site "Ventnor City"]
[Date "1939.??.??"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Bain, Mary"]
[Black "Ulvestad, Olaf"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B02"]
[PlyCount "55"]
[EventDate "1939.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2005.01.01"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. exd5 Nxd5 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Be2 Nf4 6. O-O Nxe2+ 7. Qxe2 c6 8. d3 e6 9. h3 Bh5 10. Ne4 Qc7 11. Ng3 Bg6 12. b3 Nd7 13. Bb2 O-O-O 14. Ne5 Nxe5 15. Bxe5 Bd6 16. Bxd6 Qxd6 17. Rfe1 Qc5 18. a4 Rd5 19. Rac1 Rhd8 20. Qe3 Qa5 21. Ne4 h6 22. Nd2 Bxd3 23. cxd3 Rxd3 24. Nc4 Qb4 25. Qxa7 Rxb3 26. Ne5 Qb6 27. Nxc6 bxc6 28. Qa8+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "Ventnor City"]
[Site "Ventnor City"]
[Date "1939.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Reinfeld, Fred"]
[Black "Bain, Mary"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D61"]
[PlyCount "101"]
[EventDate "1939.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2005.01.01"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. d4 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Qc2 c6 8. Rd1 h6 9. Bf4 Qa5 10. Nd2 Re8 11. Be2 Bf8 12. O-O e5 13. dxe5 Nxe5 14. Nb3 Qb6 15. cxd5 cxd5 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 17. Rxd5 Ng6 18. Bg3 a6 19. Rd4 Be6 20. Bc4 Rac8 21. Qe2 Ne5 22. Bxe5 Bxc4 23. Rxc4 Rxc4 24. Qxc4 Rxe5 25. Rd1 Re8 26. Rd7 Re7 27. Rxe7 Bxe7 28. Qc8+ Bf8 29. g3 g6 30. Qd7 Bg7 31. Qe8+ Bf8 32. Qd7 Bg7 33. Qd2 h5 34. h4 Kh7 35. Qd5 Kg8 36. Nc5 Qxb2 37. Nxb7 Bf8 38. Nd8 Qf6 39. Nc6 Kh7 40. Kg2 Kg8 41. e4 Qe6 42. Qxe6 fxe6 43. Nd8 e5 44. Kf3 Kg7 45. Ne6+ Kf7 46. Nxf8 Kxf8 47. Ke3 Ke7 48. Kd3 Kd6 49. Kc4 Kc6 50. f3 Kd6 51. f4 1-0

[Event "Hollywood op"]
[Site "Hollywood"]
[Date "1954.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rossolimo, Nicolas"]
[Black "Bain, Mary"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E60"]
[PlyCount "67"]
[EventDate "1954.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2005.01.01"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 g6 4. b3 Bg7 5. Bb2 Nc6 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O d6 8. d4 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Bd7 10. Nc2 Qc8 11. Re1 Bh3 12. Bh1 Rb8 13. Nc3 a6 14. Ne3 Re8 15. Rc1 Bh6 16. Ncd5 Nxd5 17. cxd5 Bd7 18. dxc6 bxc6 19. Qd4 f6 20. f4 c5 21. Qc3 Bg7 22. Nc4 Qc7 23. e4 Bc6 24. Rcd1 Red8 25. Bf3 e5 26. Rd2 exf4 27. gxf4 f5 28. Qxg7+ Qxg7 29. Bxg7 Kxg7 30. Rxd6 Bb7 31. Rf1 Rxd6 32. Nxd6 Bc6 33. Rf2 Rd8 34. Nxf5+ 1-0

[Event "Hollywood op"]
[Site "Hollywood"]
[Date "1954.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Bain, Mary"]
[Black "Kalme, Charles"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A24"]
[PlyCount "79"]
[EventDate "1954.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2005.01.01"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. c4 d6 5. Nc3 e5 6. O-O O-O 7. d3 Nbd7 8. Rb1 c6 9. b4 Ne8 10. e4 Nc7 11. Be3 f5 12. Ne2 Nf6 13. exf5 gxf5 14. b5 Bd7 15. b6 axb6 16. Bxb6 Rxa2 17. c5 Nfe8 18. cxd6 Be6 19. dxc7 Nxc7 20. Bxc7 Qxc7 21. Ng5 Bf7 22. Nxf7 Qxf7 23. Nc3 Ra3 24. Qc1 Rfa8 25. Qb2 e4 26. dxe4 Rxc3 27. Qxb7 Qxb7 28. Rxb7 fxe4 29. Bxe4 Rd8 30. Re1 Rf8 31. Re2 h5 32. h4 Bd4 33. Kg2 Rf7 34. Rb8+ Kg7 35. Rc8 Re7 36. f3 c5 37. Rc6 Bf6 38. Rd2 Ra7 39. Rd5 Ra2+ 40. Kh3 1-0

Apr-16-05  Karpova: <refutor>
never heard of fred reinfeld or nicolas rossolimo?

Fred Reinfelds wrote several books on chess while rossolimo has his rossolimo attack in the sicilian defense.

Apr-16-05  refutor: i meant there was no one in the 1963 olympiad that i had heard of...i have heard of reinfeld, rossolimo, ulvestad and kalme...that's why i posted these here btw, the mary bain article was from January 2004 of chess life ...btw that chess life article mentions here 11 move win over Capablanca
Apr-16-05  Karpova: <btw that chess life article mentions here 11 move win over Capablanca>

you already mentioned that but it doesn't seem to be clear that capa was the one to lose. i doubt capa would fall for something like that after 30 years of chess.

Apr-16-05  refutor: <i doubt capa would fall for something like that after 30 years of chess>

why? capa wasn't infallible...he could've resigned in 11 moves in this game Samisch vs Capablanca, 1929

Apr-16-05  Karpova: i never claimed capa to be infallible but thanks for the link. i know that game and it's quite intersting since capa goes on playing (against saemisch so why ahould he resign against mary bain??) and makes saemisch work hard for his win.
Aug-08-06  BIDMONFA: Mary Bain

BAIN, Mary

Aug-08-06  blingice: <OJC: Ba4? Wow, I never thought I would see such a blunder from Capablanca, blindfold simul or not.>


Dec-17-08  Karpova: <SBC>

On your page there's a game between Mary Bain and Davey - is the game score correct?



[Event "Marshall Club Tournament"]
[Site "New York"]
[Date "1937.??.??"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Davey, Wm"]
[Black "Bain, Mary"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A46"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 c5 4.c3 d5 5.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.Bd3 c4 7.Be2 b5 8.Qc2 Bb7 9.O-O Bd6 10.Re1 Qc7 11.Bf1 Ne4 12.g3 Ndf6 13.Bg2 O-O 14.Nxe4 Nxe4 15.Nd2 f5 16.f3 Nf6 17.e4 fxe4 18.fxe4 Bxg3 19.hxg3 Qxg3 20.Nf3 dxe4 21.Rxe4 Bxe4 22.Qf2 Bxf3 23.Qxf3 Qxf3 24.Bxf3 Nd5 25.Kg2 Rf6 26.Bd2 Raf8 27.Rf1 Nf4+ 0-1

I'm asking because White could play 23.Qxg3 instead of 23.Qxf3 in this position (after 22...Bxf3):

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  Bishoprick: Anyone remember Mary Bain's Chess emporium/coffee house on 42nd Street, almost across the street from John Fischer's NY Chess & Checker Club? Didn't last long, but was a fun place to play chess in the hurly-burly of the City.
Apr-07-09  Dredge Rivers: I prefer her brother, Conrad! :)
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  GrahamClayton: I found a reference to Mary Bain in the August 4, 1945 edition of the Miami News.

Mary Bain was the co-ordinator of a program in 11 south-eatern US States that had wounded US soldiers play chess as part of their rehabilitation, as part of her role as the southeatern area director of the US Chess Federation.

The article also mentions that Mary was the husband of Leslie Balogh Bain, a Daily News columnist.

Aug-08-10  BobCrisp: She enjoyed a Les Bain love affair.
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  HeMateMe: Sounds like the topic could be found in Denker's "The Bobby Fischer I Knew, and other Stories".

There was another book that went into detail about NYC's fun years of game halls and chess hustlers, before the explosion in real estate vaules killed all non essential endeavors. It might have been Bill Hook's "Hooked on Chess", or maybe a book by Larry Evans. 14th Street had game clubs, as well as Times Square.

I was at Brighton Beach last week, during this hot weather. This is part of a long beach, that connects Coney Island with the Russian/Ukrainian area of Brighton Beach. Saw just one game of chess, two guys playing a slow game on the boardwalk. I would have thought there might be a bit more of the royal game being played.

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  chancho: A young Mary Bain: (courtesy of <SBC>)

Aug-08-12  talisman: 11 move victory over Capa!...happy birthday!
Oct-15-12  SBC: .

I'm just returning to this page and noticed a 4 y.o. query from Karpova. I'm a bit late, but here's the answer: I looked up the game in Chess Review and indeed it shows 23. QxB QxQ 24. BxQ, just as shown in thegiven pgn.

My site was moved to a different host and the page referenced is now at However, my host (who has control over all my pages now) has been unable to make the game viewer work.

Dec-08-12  SBC: A 2-part article on Mary Bain:
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