Rowena Mary Bruce

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Rowena Mary Bruce
Rowena Mary Bruce 1959.jpg
Bruce (1959)
Country England
Born(1919-05-15)May 15, 1919
Plymouth, England
Died24 September 1999(1999-09-24) (aged 80)
Plymouth, England
TitleWoman International Master (1951)

Rowena Mary Bruce (15 May 1919 – 24 September 1999), née Dew, was an English chess player who held the title of Woman International Master (WIM, 1951). She was an eleven-time winner of the British Women's Chess Championship (1937, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1967 and 1969). She has won the tournament the most.

Biography[edit]

From the end of the 1930s to the end of the 1960s, she was one of England's strongest and most well-known female chess players. In 1935, she won the FIDE World Girls Championship. Rowena Mary Bruce won the British Women's Chess Championship eleven times: 1937, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1967 and 1969.[1] In 1952, in Moscow, she participated in the Women's Candidates Tournament where she took 12th place.[2] In 1951, she was awarded the FIDE Woman International Master (WIM) title.

On 21 June 1946, Bruce played (and lost) a "radio chess" match against Lydmilla Rudenko. Bruce was one of two women who were part of a twelve-member British team who played in a four-day tournament. The British team played their moves in London while the Russian team played their moves in Moscow.[3][4]

Rowena Mary Bruce played for England in the Women's Chess Olympiads:[5]

In 1940, she married Ronald Bruce, and the two were married until his death in 1991. [6]

Death[edit]

Following a series of small strokes, she passed away at the age of 80 in 1999.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Saunders's Chess Pages: British Chess Champions, 1904 to present". www.saund.co.uk.
  2. ^ "1952 Candidates Tournament : World Chess Championship (women)". www.mark-weeks.com.
  3. ^ "Britain v. Russia: Plymouth Woman Player In Radio Chess Match". The Western Morning News. 20 June 1946. Retrieved 8 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Radio Chess Match: Plymouth Woman Defeated In Final Round". The Western Morning News. 22 June 1946. Retrieved 8 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "OlimpBase :: Women's Chess Olympiads :: Rowena Bruce". www.olimpbase.org.
  6. ^ "Bruce, Rowena Mary (1915 – 1999)". www.keverelchess.com.

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