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L Lane 
 
Lisa Lane
Number of games in database: 25
Years covered: 1961 to 1966
Overall record: +6 -13 =6 (36.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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LISA LANE
(born Apr-25-1938) United States of America

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Lisa Lane was born in Philadelphia on April 25, 1938. She is a former U.S. women's champion (1959, equal first in 1966). In 1961 Lane appeared on "What's My Line" (Season 12, Episode 38, May 21, 1961) and was featured in "Look" magazine, as well as on the cover of "Sports Illustrated." In 1961, she took 12th-14th place at the Women's Candidates Tournament in Vrnjacka Banja. Lane played four games in the Hastings Reserve tournament in 1961-62, then withdrew after one draw, two losses, and an adjourned game. She said she could not concentrate because she was "homesick and in love." In 1963, Lane opened a chess club, Queen’s Pawn Chess Emporium, in New York. In 1964, she took 12th place at the Women’s Candidates Tournament in Sukhumi. In 1966, Lane tied for 1st place with Gisela Kahn Gresser in the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship. She married Neil Hickey, editor-at-large of the Columbia Journalism Review, who was a friend of Bobby Fischer and assisted Fischer in some chess articles. For many years, Lane owned a natural food business, Amber Waves of Grain, in Carmel, New York. She now owns a gift shop, Earth Lore Gems and Minerals, originally in Pawling, New York and now in Kent, Connecticut.

Wikipedia article: Lisa Lane


 page 1 of 1; games 1-25 of 25  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. L Lane vs N Gaprindashvili ½-½37 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
2. V Nedeljkovic vs L Lane  ½-½43 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
3. H Konarkowska vs L Lane ½-½63 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
4. L Lane vs C Chaude de Silans  1-041 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
5. K Zvorykina vs L Lane  1-041 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. G Gresser vs L Lane 1-028 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
7. S Handsuren vs L Lane  0-140 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
8. L Lane vs E Polihroniade  0-140 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C47 Four Knights
9. M Lazarevic vs L Lane 1-0101 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
10. L Lane vs E Ladanyike-Karakas  ½-½69 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
11. L Lane vs T Zatulovskaya  0-165 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. V Borisenko-Belova vs L Lane  1-041 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)A02 Bird's Opening
13. L Lane vs A Nicolau Van Der Mije 1-031 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
14. L Lane vs E Rinder  0-135 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
15. L Lane vs F Heemskerk 1-040 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B19 Caro-Kann, Classical
16. L Volpert vs L Lane 1-040 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)E30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
17. A Mothersill vs L Lane  ½-½82 1966 Oberhausen ol (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. L Lane vs Keller-Hermann 0-145 1966 Oberhausen ol (Women)A00 Uncommon Opening
19. O Stibaner vs L Lane  0-170 1966 Oberhausen ol (Women)A15 English
20. L Lane vs R Timmer 0-146 1966 Oberhausen ol (Women)B07 Pirc
21. J Bellin vs L Lane  ½-½53 1966 Oberhausen ol (Women)B34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
22. L Lane vs K Jovanovic-Blagojevic  0-153 1966 Oberhausen ol (Women)B41 Sicilian, Kan
23. L Lane vs M Perevoznic  1-061 1966 Oberhausen ol (Women)B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
24. L Lane vs K Radzikowska  0-143 1966 Oberhausen ol (Women)B02 Alekhine's Defense
25. T Zatulovskaya vs L Lane  1-029 1966 Oberhausen ol (Women)A47 Queen's Indian
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Jun-11-12  Petrosianic: I may have been mistaken. I've glanced through several rating lists from the 50's, and haven't seen Gresser over 2200 in any of them. I could have sworn I'd read somewhere that she'd made Master, but I can't find it at the moment. Ditto with Karf.
Jun-11-12
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  Marmot PFL: <Petrosianic> Savereide could be the first to make 2200. USCF started inflating their ratings about that time, to try to halt the membership decline in the post-Fischer era. Lots of bonus points were given out for unusually good (or lucky) tournaments.
Jun-12-12  Petrosianic: I didn't know there was a decline after Fischer, though it might have grown slower than they'd hoped.

But I thought ratings might have been inflated very early on. I'm pretty sure that both Fine and Reshevsky were well over 2700 in the very early 1950's, though I haven't dug that list up yet.

Sonja Graf is another one to check out as a possible early woman master. I don't know if she made it or not. People were very unconcerned about ratings in those days, and they were rarely mentioned outside of a rating list.

Does anyone know for sure that Savereid was the first to hit 2200, or are we guessing? I do know that there was a time when she was the ONLY American woman over 2200. But whether she was also the first, I'm not sure.

Jun-12-12  Kolyas: Gresser was first woman to become a US master. See Chess Life, March 2001 article. She was also given a WIM title in 1950 by FIDE.

Lane was never rated as a master, but had a low Expert's rating.

Graf was a German master before moving to the US.

Jun-12-12
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  Marmot PFL: <I didn't know there was a decline after Fischer, though it might have grown slower than they'd hoped.>

There was, but not as large as I thought. By 1992 they had passed the 1974 peak. Evidently this was largely due to an infusion of low cost scholastic memberships, which didn't cover their costs to USCF. How many of these eventually became full-paying adult members I don't know. The number of former Soviet and Eastern European players in the US also increased radidly in the 80s and 90s.

USCF membership Year Members
1940 1,000 (approx)
1952 1,127
1955 2,408
1960 4,579
1965 8,625
1970 22,623
1971 26,536
1972 30,844
1973 59,250
1974 59,779
1975 51,842
1976 49,179
1977 46,179
1978 48,837
1979 48,707
1980 47,800
1985 54,599
1990 52,898
1995 81,808
2000 85,396
2005 82,846
2010 80,000 (approx)

Jun-27-12  SBC:

<"The First Chess Beauty Queen" http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail... Interesting article about Lisa Lane from our own User: SBC>

Thanks Tamar!

I recently published an article called, The Village Gambit," from Prof. Frank Brady's "Chessworld" magazine. It highlights the chess scene in NYC in 1964. Rossolimo's and Lisa Lane's chess venues are featured in it and anyone interested in that time might really enjoy it: http://blog.chess.com/batgirl/the-g...

Aug-07-12
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  perfidious: < kramputz: ....Rossolimo also had a studio in the neighborhood. Good old times for chess...>

My first time in Rossolimo's was to play in a simultaneous against the old master himself at Memorial Day 1975, a few weeks before his accident.

Aug-07-12  gezafan: It's too bad Lane stopped playing.

The derogatory comment attributed to Fischer reflects badly on Fischer, if he actually said it. One wonders what kind of effect Fischer's comments had on Lane.

Fischer should have encouraged Lane rather than insult her. Perhaps he was jealous of the attention she was getting.

Aug-07-12  diceman: <gezafan:
Perhaps he was jealous of the attention she was getting.>

Yeah, there were a few rumors:

Fischer Spassky 1972,
was going to be,
Lane Spassky 1972.

Aug-14-12  SBC: .

Fischer and Lisa Lane, I was told, actually got along very well. An acquaintance of mine told me he was in the Queen's Pawn when Fischer came in. At the time RJF was trying to set up a record-breaking 400 bd simul planned to take place on Nov. 27 of 1963 in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Astor. Kennedy, who was supposed to be in NYC that day received an invitation, but was assassinated on the 22nd and the simul was postponed. Before the simul could take place, the Grand Ballroom was gutted by fire and the simul plans fizzled out and it never took place. My acquainance actually met Fischer who personally signed him up for the simul and left him a sheet of rules, time, etc.

Aug-16-12
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  technical draw: <<perfidious> < kramputz: ....Rossolimo also had a studio in the neighborhood. Good old times for chess...> My first time in Rossolimo's was to play in a simultaneous against the old master himself at Memorial Day 1975, a few weeks before his accident.>

I was there in 1967. I played someone for a dollar a game. I lost 3 bucks.

Aug-17-12
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  technical draw: Wasn't she Superman's girlfriend or something?
Aug-17-12  NakoSonorense: Newsflash from the past:

<Apr-26-07 NakoSonorense: Hey, isn't she Superman's girl?>

Aug-17-12
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  technical draw: <Nako> Yes, you asked first. Now I see that Superman's girlfriend is Lois Lane. Lisa Lane is Bart's sister.
Oct-31-12
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  perfidious: <SBC> Nice article on the scene in 1964.

Sad to learn that Chumley's closed down a few years back and (so far) has not reopened. Got to enjoy the atmosphere on several visits to the city in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Apr-25-13
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Miss Lane!
Aug-22-13
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  perfidious: <Marmot PFL: .....USCF started inflating their ratings about that time, to try to halt the membership decline in the post-Fischer era. Lots of bonus points were given out for unusually good (or lucky) tournaments.>

The classic example: George Francis Kane.

After Kane's meteoric rise, USCF modified their bonus point awards at some level above 2200 and finally eliminated bonus points altogether over 2100 level in fall 1981.

Aug-22-13
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  Caissanist: The US Chess Hall of Fame says that Savereide was the second woman to achieve a US master rating, and Gisella Gresser the first. I swear I remember statements at the time that Savereide was the first woman master; since Gresser was born in 1906, I suspect that she was a master when the first ratings systems were getting started, so whether she was the first rated female master could be open to interpretation. In any case, this confirms that Lane was not a master.
Aug-29-13
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  Caissanist: User: FSR has dug up the relevant article--it seems that Gisela Gresser did in fact make master in 1963 (by which time the rating system was of course well established in the USA).
Aug-29-13
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  OhioChessFan: Anyone else think she looks a bit like the missus?

http://www.gumtreechronicles.com/im...

Aug-29-13
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  Robed.Bishop: <OCF> The one with blonde or dark hair?
Aug-29-13
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  TheFocus: I well remember the days of tall hair and the ladies at church used to fuss over their beehives so much.
Sep-12-13  TwoKnights: Says on the earthlore site she was a 7 time U.S. Champion:

http://www.earthlorekent.com/aboutus/

Sep-12-13  Tomlinsky: <TwoKnights: Says on the earthlore site she was a 7 time U.S. Champion>

As far as I can see it states: "Lisa, by the way, was several times the United States women's chess champion."

Sep-12-13
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  TheFocus: She won in 1959 and tied with Gresser in 1966. Correction was made in the bio.
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