Rowena Mary Bruce

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Rowena Mary Bruce
Hoogovenschaaktoernooi dames Fenny Heemskerk, R. Bruce, Donner, Bouwmeester, Bestanddeelnr 905-4837.jpg
Bruce vs. Fenny Heemskerk (Hoogovens tournament, 1953)
Country England
Born(1915-05-15)May 15, 1915
Plymouth, England
Died24 April 1999(1999-04-24) (aged 83)
Plymouth, England
TitleWoman International Master (1951)

Rowena Mary Bruce (15 May 1915 – 24 April 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).

Biography[edit]

From the end of the 1930s to the end of the 1960s, she was one of England's strongest women 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]

From 1940 to 1991 she was married to Ronald Bruce (1903–1991)[6].

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. (Subscription required (help)).
  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. (Subscription required (help)).
  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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