Monday, November 26, 2012
Top Five Female Chess Players of All-Time
Making any list of the top female chess players is a tricky job. The standard of play in women's chess has raised consideraly over the last few decades, with several women now capable of playing against the top players in the world. With that in mind, you might look at this list as a list of the most significant players in women's chess over the years. With that in mind, let's take a look at our list of the best women ever to play the royal game!
While Judit Polgar has never actually won a World Women's Chess Championship, there's no doubt that she is the strongest woman ever to play chess. At the height of her career, Polgar was one of the best players in the world -- male or female -- breaking the top 10 on the ratings list several times. Her lack of Women's World Championships is due to the fact that she's never tried to win the title, instead focusing on competing for the overall World Championship. Polgar earned that opportunity in 2005, when she played in the 2005 FIDE World Chess Championship Tournament, finishing 8th.
The first recognized World Women’s Chess Champion, Vera Menchik was also the first true superstar of women’s chess. After winning the first ever Women’s World Championship in 1927, she successfully defending that title six times – winning every championship until her death in 1944. Menchik scored an incredible +78 -1 =4 in her championship matches, showing just how far ahead of her competition she was.
Menchik was also clearly a player of the top class. In 1929, she finished tied for second at Ramsgate – finishing tied with Akiba Rubinstein, just a half-point behind Jose Raul Capablanca. While there was no official ratings system in place at the time, Chessmetrics rated her as high as 52nd in the world during her career.