6th US Women's Championship; 1944
April 15 - May 7
New York, NY

                              1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  Total   W/L/D
 1. Mrs. Gisela Kahn Gresser  x 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1  8 -0   +8-0=0
 2. Miss Mona Karff           0 x 1 1 1 1 1 1 1  7 -1   +7-1=0
 3. Miss Kate Henschel        0 0 x 1 1 1 0 1 1  5 -3   +5-3=0
 4. Miss Wally Henschel       0 0 0 x 0 1 1 1 1  4 -4   +4-4=0
 5. Miss Adele S. Raettig     0 0 0 1 x 0 1 1 1  4 -4   +4-4=0
 6. Mrs. Nancy Roos           0 0 0 0 1 x 1 1 1  4 -4   +4-4=0
 7. Miss Elizabeth Wray       0 0 1 0 0 0 x 1 1  3 -5   +3-5=0
 8. Miss Mildred Peters       0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x    -7  +0-7=1
 9. Mrs. Maude M. Stephens    0 0 0 0 0 0 0  x   -7  +0-7=1


ROUND BY ROUND  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1. Gresser      1 1 1 1 1 B 1 1 1  8 -0   +8
2. Karff        1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 B  7 -1   +6
3. K. Henschel  1 1 1 1 B 0 0 1 0  5 -3   +2
4. W. Henschel  1 1 B 0 0 0 0 1 1  4 -4   =
5. Raettig      0 B 1 1 0 1 1 0 0  4 -4   =
6. Roos         0 0 0 0 1 1 1 B 1  4 -4   =
7. Wray         0 0 0 B 1 1 0 0 1  3 -5   -2
8. Peters       B 0 0 0 0 0 0  0   -7  -7
9. Stephens     0 0 0 0 0 0 B  0   -7  -7

ROUND 1
Karff over Raettig
K. Henschel over Stephens
W. Henschel over Roos
Gresser over Wray
Peters - Bye

ROUND 2
K. Henschel over Roos
W. Henschel over Peters
Karff over Wray
Gresser over Stephens
Raettig - Bye

ROUND 3
K. Henschel over Peters
Gresser over Roos
Karff over Stephens
Raettig over Wray
W. Henschel - Bye

ROUND 4
Karff over Roos
Gresser over Peters
K. Henschel over W. Henschel
Raettig over Stephens
Wray - Bye

ROUND 5
Gresser over W. Henschel
Karff over Peters
Roos over Raettig 
Wray over Stephens
K. Henschel - Bye

ROUND 6
Karff over K. Henschel
Raettig over W. Henschel
Wray over Peters
Roos over Stephens
Gresser - Bye

ROUND 7
Roos over Wray
Raettig over Peters
Karff over W. Henschel
Gresser over K. Henschel
Stephens - Bye

ROUND 8
Gresser over Karff
K. Henschel over Raettig
W. Henschel over Wray
Peters drew with Stephens
Roos - Bye

ROUND 9
Gresser over Raettig
Wray over K. Henschel
W. Henschel over Stephens
Roos over Peters
Karff - Bye


  • This was the second of (to date) three perfect scores in the US Women's Championship, the other two coming in 1942 and 1987.

  • Gresser and Karff met in Round 8, each with perfect scores (6-0 for Gresser, 7-0 for Karff), for the game that decided the tournament.

  • Thanks to John S. Hilbert for providing the start and end dates.

  • Chess Review, March 1944, p. 3. April 1944, p. 3, 11, 28-29. May 1944, p. 5, 10, 11.
  • New York Times, May 8, 1944


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