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Rudge, Marylocked

  • Tim Harding


Rudge, Mary (1842–1919), chess player, was born in Leominster, Herefordshire, on 6 February 1842, the youngest child in a family of two sons and five daughters of Henry Rudge (1795/6–1874), a surgeon, and his wife, Eliza, née Barrett (1801/2–1863).

Mary Rudge learned chess in early childhood and became the first Englishwoman to play the game competitively to a high standard and over a long period. As early as 1864 she and her elder sister ...

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