Vera Menchik

1906 - 1944

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Vera Francevna Mencikova (Russian: Вера Францевна Менчик, Vera Frantsevna Menchik; Czech: 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vera Menchik has received more than 305,960 page views. Her biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Vera Menchik is the 31st most popular chess player (down from 21st in 2019), the 512th most popular biography from Russia (down from 366th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Russian Chess Player.

Vera Menchik was most famous for being the first woman to win a world chess championship.

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Among chess players, Vera Menchik ranks 31 out of 461Before her are Richard Réti, Johannes Zukertort, David Bronstein, Mikhail Chigorin, Miguel Najdorf, and Savielly Tartakower. After her are Luis Ramírez de Lucena, Bent Larsen, Giovanni Leonardo Di Bona, Carl Schlechter, Gioachino Greco, and Lyudmila Rudenko.

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Among people born in 1906, Vera Menchik ranks 84Before her are Muzafer Sherif, Markos Vafeiadis, Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Edmond Debeaumarché, Brigitte Helm, and Rezső Kasztner. After her are Phạm Văn Đồng, Franz Hössler, Carlo Scarpa, Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, Joaquín Balaguer, and Heinz Harmel. Among people deceased in 1944, Vera Menchik ranks 82Before her are Paul Cornu, Milan Hodža, Jakob von Uexküll, James McKeen Cattell, Viktor Ullmann, and E. M. Antoniadi. After her are Thomas Midgley Jr., Paul Otlet, Bernardino Machado, Sergei Bulgakov, Harold Lowe, and Joseph P. Kennedy Jr..

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Among people born in Russia, Vera Menchik ranks 512 out of 3,761Before her are Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia (1850), Nikolay Bogolyubov (1909), Nikolay Gumilyov (1886), Yevgeny Mravinsky (1903), Leonid Gaidai (1923), and Sergey Brin (1973). After her are Lauri Törni (1919), Mikhail Skobelev (1843), Mirsaid Sultan-Galiev (1892), Elem Klimov (1933), Nikolay Shvernik (1888), and Nikolai Chernykh (1931).


Among chess players born in Russia, Vera Menchik ranks 9Before her are Mikhail Botvinnik (1911), Anatoly Karpov (1951), Vasily Smyslov (1921), Viktor Korchnoi (1931), Mikhail Chigorin (1850), and Savielly Tartakower (1887). After her are Yuri Averbakh (1922), Andor Lilienthal (1911), Alexander Kotov (1913), Elisaveta Bykova (1913), Vladimir Kramnik (1975), and Olga Rubtsova (1909).