Miss Fatima

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Ghulam Fatima (c. July 1912[1] – ?, fl. c. 1990), frequently referred to as 'Miss Fatima', was/is an Indian-British Indian female chess master.

Ghulam Fatima[2] won the British Women's Chess Championship at Hastings in 1933.[3][4] Her first formal competition was the 1932 British Women's Chess Championship in London in which she took 6th place (Edith Michell won). She was a member of the household of Sir Umar Hayat Khan. The British Men's Chess Champion in 1929, 1932, and 1933 was Mir Sultan Khan, a servant of Sir Umar Hayat Khan.[5] According to Edward Winter, "Miss Fatima was interviewed about Sultan Khan in the Bandung Limited television production The Sultan of Chess broadcast by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom on 19 September 1990. She mentioned that she had given some chess instruction to Queen Mary, the wife of George V."


  1. ^ Various UK newspaper reports, e.g. Western Mail, 12 August 1933, coinciding with her British Championship title win in August 1933, give her age as 21 years and 1 month.
  2. ^ Ship's Passenger List for the Moldavia, 29 December 1933, gives her name as 'Ghulam Fatima' though the latter name is misspelt as 'Fatims'.
  3. ^ David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, The Oxford Companion to Chess (2nd ed. 1992), Oxford University Press, p. 402. ISBN 0-19-866164-9.
  4. ^ Philip W. Sergeant, A Century of British Chess, David McKay, 1934, pp. 281, 338.
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20091028082847/http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lab/7378/who.htm

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