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Vera Menchik

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Vera Francevna Mencikova (Вера Францевна Менчик, Vera Frantsevna Menchik; Věra Menčíková; 16 February 1906 – 26 June 1944), was a Russian-born Czechoslovak chess player who primarily resided in England. She was the first and longest-reigning Women's World Chess Champion from 1927 to 1944, winning the championship eight times primarily in round-robin tournaments. In an era when women primarily competed against other women, Menchik was the first and only woman competing in master-level tournaments with the world's best players, and with some success. Menchik was born in Moscow to a Czech father and English mother. She played her first chess tournament in school at age 14 after having to switch to an integrated school during the Russian Revolution. Because of the revolution, her family left Russia and Menchik moved to Hastings, England in 1921. She joined the Hastings Chess Club in 1923, where she began training with James Drewitt and Géza Maróczy. Menchik established herself as the
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