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Chantal Chaude de Silans
C Chaude de Silans 
Number of games in database: 74
Years covered: 1936 to 1999
Overall record: +18 -35 =21 (38.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-09-1919, died Sep-05-2001, 82 years old) France

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Chantal Chaudé de Silans was born in Versailles, France. Awarded the WIM title in 1950, and an honorary WGM title in 1990, she participated in the Women's World Championship in 1949-50, 1952, 1955 and 1961. Chaude was the first woman ever to play at a chess Olympiad. She scored the best placement of any woman so far at the French Chess Championship. Chaude was involved with the French Resistance during World War II and went on to manage Paris' Caissa Chess Club for over 30 years. Chaude's accomplishments were performed while raising four children. She passed away in 2001.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 74  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Chaude de Silans vs M Perelmans  1-0331936Paris-chE00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. C Chaude de Silans vs Rossolimo ½-½341939ParisA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
3. C Chaude de Silans vs J Ehrat  0-1361946France-SwissA22 English
4. J Ehrat vs C Chaude de Silans  1-0441946France-SwissA04 Reti Opening
5. C Chaude de Silans vs A Pomar Salamanca 1-0401949SitgesD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
6. S Bussers vs C Chaude de Silans  ½-½321949Barcelona (Women)C17 French, Winawer, Advance
7. C Chaude de Silans vs O Rubtsova ½-½541949World Championship (Women) 1949/50D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. N Hruskova-Belska vs C Chaude de Silans  0-1291949World Championship (Women) 1949/50B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. C Chaude de Silans vs C Benini 0-1371949World Championship (Women) 1949/50D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. R Hermanowa vs C Chaude de Silans  0-1361949World Championship (Women) 1949/50A13 English
11. C Chaude de Silans vs M T Mora Iturralde  1-0631949World Championship (Women) 1949/50B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. C Chaude de Silans vs G Gresser  1-0361949World Championship (Women) 1949/50A52 Budapest Gambit
13. E Bykova vs C Chaude de Silans 1-0501950World Championship (Women) 1949/50A07 King's Indian Attack
14. C Chaude de Silans vs E Keller-Herrmann 1-0501950World Championship (Women) 1949/50E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
15. F Heemskerk vs C Chaude de Silans  0-1361950World Championship (Women) 1949/50E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
16. C Chaude de Silans vs I Larsen 1-0311950World Championship (Women) 1949/50B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
17. J Langos vs C Chaude de Silans  ½-½471950World Championship (Women) 1949/50C05 French, Tarrasch
18. C Chaude de Silans vs M Karff 1-0301950World Championship (Women) 1949/50D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. V Borisenko-Belova vs C Chaude de Silans  1-0641950World Championship (Women) 1949/50B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
20. C Chaude de Silans vs E Tranmer 0-1411950World Championship (Women) 1949/50C07 French, Tarrasch
21. L Rudenko vs C Chaude de Silans  ½-½271950World Championship (Women) 1949/50C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
22. M Kupferstich vs C Chaude de Silans 1-0341950Dubrovnik OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. C Chaude de Silans vs G P Thibaut  0-1511950Dubrovnik OlympiadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. K Palda vs C Chaude de Silans  1-0371950Dubrovnik OlympiadC15 French, Winawer
25. C Chaude de Silans vs H Kramer 1-0501950Dubrovnik OlympiadA47 Queen's Indian
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Jul-22-04  checkpat: This lady was well-known in France
where she was the president of the
Chess club "Caissa" for many
years. She passed away this year.
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  Honza Cervenka: By the way, S. Tartakower dedicated her his book "100 modern games". She was born in 1919 but she have played actively still in late 1990s. It is a sad news that she died.
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  Benzol: Chantal Chaude de Silans
Born 9th March 1919 in Versailles
WIM in 1950 she was a Challenger for the Women's World Title in 1949-50. It is sad that she has now passed away.
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  Benzol: Happy Birthday Chantal.
Sep-07-07  Karpova: A picture:
Mar-09-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Chantal!

<Honza Cervenka> I heard the same quote You mentioned as being attributed to Mikhail Tal.

<Karpova> I'd say, in this photo Silans reminds of the young Ava Gardner with a touch of the looks of the young Queen Elisabeth II :-) Very pretty!

Mar-09-09  fref: I think she translated in french the first edition of My 60 Memorable Games, by Bobby Fischer.
Mar-09-09  vonKrolock: Madame Chaudé - bio in French, and two other photos, voilà:

Mar-09-09  brankat: R.I.P. Madame Chaude de Silans.
Mar-09-09  WhiteRook48: just 27 games?!
Jul-26-09  myschkin: . . .

".. She learned how to play the game when she was nine along with her brother the Baron de Silans, who later became a strong amateur. In 1932, at age thirteen, she entered her first women's French Chess Championship. In 1936, she won the championship at age seventeen. .."

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  GrahamClayton: Photo of Chantal with the other competitors in the 1949 French Championship at Besancon:

Mar-09-12  BIDMONFA: Chantal Chaude de Silans

CHAUDE, Chantal

Mar-09-12  srag: Gentlemen:

With all due respect to Madame Chantal Chaudé de Silans, March 9th sould be called Bobby FIscher's Day.

Mar-09-12  JohnBoy: <checkpat: This lady was well-known in France where she was the president of the
Chess club "Caissa" for many>
- was this club in the heart of Paris?

I recognize this woman as having hijacked me into playing board two in a team match in Paris in '87. I hadn't played a serious game in like eight years and when she asked me to play I consented, thinking it would be fun. She promptly puts me on the second board against, I believe, Eric Burlingame. "Sucker punched" well describes the way I felt at the moment.

She was quite the queen of the scene.

Mar-09-12  brankat: Happy Birthday Madame de Silans.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. POTD.
Sep-02-15  Nosnibor: <fusilli> In accordance with your request on Biographers Bistro may I add further information on Chaude de Silans. 1951 she played a match against Popel, the Paris champion beating him by the score of 2.5-1.5. 2.Later that year she lost a match to Grob 5.5-2.5 having lead early on. 3.Playing as the only lady player in the 1951 French Championship held in Vichy she came equal third with 5.5 points out of a possible 9,one point behind the winner Raizman. 4.In the 1955 Championship she finished 5th.
I hope to provide further details soon.
Sep-02-15  Nosnibor: <fusilli> In late 1960 Chaude de Silans played in the West European Zonal Tournament for the Women`s World Championship which was held in Vranacka-Banja, Serbia. She finished fourth with 7 points from 12 games, only half a point behind the 3 joint winners. Unfortunatly in the last round after leading she lost to one of the tailenders owing to a last move time check blunder,when having a won game.At this event she probably played the best game in her career which is not in the database. This is appended:- White: Chaude de Silans.Black: V.Asenova. French Defence,Classical Line. 1e4,e6.2d4,d5.3Nc3,Nf6.4e5,Nfd7.5f4,c5.6dxc5,Nc6- .7a3,Bxc5.8Qg4,0-0.9Nf3,Nd4.10Bd3,f5.11Qh3,Nxf3.-
f8++If instead 38...Rcd8 39Qf6+wins quickly.
Sep-03-15  larvatusprodeo: Mme Chaudé, as we called her, was the most exquisite and obliging person, and a chain smoker. I joined the Cercle Caïssa when it was situated on 2, rue Pigalle, Paris. Before then, players would meet at the Café d’Angleterre, rue Drouot. In the 1990’s the Cercle moved to rue de Mazagran, after her husband’s death. They were living in the very appartment where the Cercle was located. She was charmingly reigning over a crowd of bragging and obedient players. The atmosphere was wonderfully intense and smoky. I remember her vividly, and of her smile. She was the Lady of Chess.
May-17-18  zanzibar: Early game of hers, when she was just 14 and "la benjamine du tourno, qui n'est âgée que de 14 ans".

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[Event "French Women's Championship"]
[Site "Paris FRA"]
[Date "1933.05.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tonini, Alice"]
[Black "Silans, Chantal Chaude de"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A05"]
[EventDate "1933.05.??"]
[Source "Comoedia (Paris) 1933-05-28 p4c6"]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b3 d6 3.Bb2 e5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 7.O-O Be7 8.d4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Qd7 10.Nd2 O-O 11.c4 b6 12.Nxc6 Qxc6 13.Qc2 d5 14. Rad1 Rad8 15.Qb1 Bb4 16.cxd5 Nxd5 17.Nf3 Bc3 18.Rc1 Qf6 19.Bxc3 Nxc3 20.Qb2 Nd5 21.Qxf6 gxf6 22.e4 Nb4 23.Rxc7 Nxa2 24.Rxa7 Nc3 25.Re1 Rfe8 26.Ra6 b5 27.Rxf6 Rxe4 28.Rc6 b4 29.Rxe4 Nxe4 30.Kf1 Nc3 31.Rc4 Na2 32.Ke1 Rd3 33.Nd4 Kf8 34.Ke2 Nc1+ 35.Rxc1 Rxd4 36.Rc4 Rxc4 37. bxc4 Ke7 38.Kd2 Kd6 39.Kc2 Kc6 40.Kb3 Kc5 1-0


May-17-18  zanzibar: The above game made for a climatic last round finish to the tournament, involving these women:

<Parmi les dix joueuses qui ont pris part à cette manifestation, il faut citer: Mme d'Autremont, championne de France 1932, Mme Valentin, Mme Schwartzman, Mme Duelli, Mme Louise Pape, Mme Jacobson, Mme Tonini et la jeune Chantal de Silans, qui malgré ses quatorze ans, fut classée troisième! C'est une joueuse qui promet!>

May-20-18  Jean Defuse: ...

A fantastic overview of her chess career:


[Event "Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)"]
[Date "1949.??.??"]
[White "Chaude de Silans, Chantal"]
[Black "Diemer, Emil Joseph"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A40"]
[PlyCount "59"]

1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 d5 3. e4 d4 4. Nf3 c5 5. Bc4 Nc6 6. h3 h6 7. O-O g5 8. e6 fxe6 9. e5 Bg7 10. Qe2 Nge7 11. Re1 O-O 12. Qe4 Na5 13. Bd3 c4 14. Bf1 Nf5 15. Bd2 Rb8 16. Bxa5 Qxa5 17. Bxc4 b5 18. Bb3 Kh8 19. Nbd2 Bb7 20. Qg4 Qb6 21. Qh5 Qc6 22. Ne4 Nh4 23. Nxh4 gxh4 24. Qg6 Rbe8 25. f3 Bc8 26. Nf6 Bxf6 27. Qxh6+ Kg8 28. exf6 Qc7 29. Qg6+ Kh8 30. Re4 1-0



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  perfidious: First recall reading of this player in one of Tartakower's works, long ago; by all accounts she comes across as a charming person, someone well worth meeting.
Aug-15-23  generror: Yes, madame is a very interesting player, holding her own in a man's man's world when few women dared doing so.

I also like that "chaude" is the female form of "hot" in French.

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