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Bain, Mary Weiser

Mary Weiser Bain (1904-1972) was the 1937 and the 1952 challenger to the World’s Women Championship (she was born in Hungary).  She won titles in Cuba, Sweden, Finland, and the United States.  U.S. women’s champion from 1951 to 1953 (losing to Mona Kay Karff).  In 1952, she was awarded the title of Woman International Master.  She was a pupil of Frank Marshall and Geza Maroczy.  She was the first American woman to represent the United State in organized chess competition.  She was a great blindfold and simultaneous exhibition chess player.  She was a Bridge expert and operated a duplicate-bridge club in New York.

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