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Chaude de Silans, Chantal

Chantal Chaude de Silans (1919-2004) was a French chess player and countess.  In 1934, at the age of 15, she won the ladies championship of France.  In 1949-50, she was a Women’s World Championship Challenger.  In 1950, she was awarded the Women’s International Master title.  She was the first female to play in a men’s Olympiad.  She played on the men’s French team in 1950 at Dubrovnik.  She won 1 game, drew 1 game, and lost 4 games.  She managed the Caissa chess club in Paris for many years.  She once said that the reason why women couldn't play chess as well as men was because "you have to keep quiet for five hours."

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