Women's chess in Australia
Women in Australia participated in chess. They were participating by the 1940s. Competitive tournaments were taking place on a state level by 1934.
During the 1930s, women were encouraged to play chess because the sport was not seen as a bridge to gambling. In 1940, a study of 314 women in New Zealand and Australia was done. Most of the women in the study were middle class, conservative, Protestant and white. The study found that 183 participated in sport. The ninth most popular sport that these women participated in was chess, with 3 having played the sport. The sport was tied with croquet, billiards, chess, fishing, field hockey, horse racing, squash, table tennis and shooting.
As at January 2015, the following players are the top FIDE rated Australian female players:
- Giang Nguyen, WFM
- Irina Berezina, IM is an Australian Women's Chess Champion, and has represented the country in international competitions.
- Heather Richards, WIM
- Arianne Caoili, WIM
- Biljana Dekic, WIM
Australian Women's Champions
The Australian Women's Chess Championship has not been held since 2003 due to insufficient numbers of players taking part.
- 2003 Slavica Sarai
- 2002 Narelle Szuveges
- 1999 Irina Feldman
- 1998 Ngan Phan-Koshnitsky
- 1996 Biljana Dekic & Ngan Phan-Koshnitsky
- 1995 Daniela Nutu-Gajic
- 1992 Katrin Aladjova-Wills
- 1990 Josie Wright
- 1988 Carin Craig
- 1986 Josie Wright
- 1984 Anne Slavotinek
- 1982 Anne Slavotinek
- 1980 Marion McGrath
- 1978 Lynda Pope
- 1976 Marion McGrath
- 1974 Narelle Kellner
- 1972 Narelle Kellner
- 1969 Marion McGrath
- 1966 Marion McGrath
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- FIDE Australia Active Women Country Top chess players, www.fide.com
- "about us". Chessmasters.com.au. Retrieved 2012-01-13.