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Rosemarie Fischer
September  2007

We are fully in accord with the idea that the pages of the Review are enlivened by the presence of pictures of beautiful movie actresses who play chess, though we are a little doubtful of their ability at the Royal Game. Perhaps our skepticism that beauty goes with chess knowledge is unjustified, for one of the most active of Milwaukee's woman players is also a beauty prize winner. Let us introduce to you Rosemarie Fischer, who in 1930, at the age of 16, was judged the most beautiful girl in California. (Sorry, men, but she is married and has three children!) Neither home duties nor chess use up all the energy of this young woman. She is, in her spare time, a photographer's model, president of an Irish Club and an ardent philatelist.
Mrs. Fischer started to study chess four years ago. In 1935 she was woman champion of Milwaukee and in 1936 runner-up for that honor. Last Summer she was runner-up in the A. C. F. Women's Tournament in Chicago. Even more
interesting than this record is the fact that in 1936 she was the first woman ever to captain a team in the major chess league of Milwaukee. That year she had the best record of any player in the League, 11 wins and 3 losses.  This year she again captained a team in the Major AA-2 League. Her team was third in a field of six, and she herself was eighth among the twenty-six players, twenty-four of whom were men.
She writes us that there is less feminine interest in chess in Milwaukee than there was several years ago, but that Mrs. E. Housfelt, who won the women's tournament in 1936, is quite active. She played on Mrs. Fischer's team and placed just below her in the individual
standings of the Major AA-2 League. She also tells us that the chess club at the Lutheran High School has three times as many girls for members as boys, and that it was a girl, Miss Jiske, who captained the team which won the school championship. Great things are expected of these girls in the future.
-Edith Lucie Weart, Chess Review 1938.



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