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Karff, Mona May Ratner

Mona Karff (1914-1998) played in 18 U.S. Women’s chess championships, winning 7 times , from 1938 to 1974.  She spoke 8 languages fluently and became a millionaire playing the stock market.  She married her cousin, but later divorced and was romantically linked with Dr. Edward Lasker.  In 1937 she played in the women’s world chess championship in Stockholm representing Palestine.  She took 6th place.  In the 1939 women’s world championship in Buenos Aires, she represented the United States and took 5th place.

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