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Lisa Lane
L Lane 
Number of games in database: 33
Years covered: 1958 to 1966
Overall record: +10 -16 =7 (40.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-25-1938, 80 years old) 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.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 33  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Lane vs T Bullockus  0-132195859th US OpenB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
2. L Lane vs S Van Gelder  1-028196061st US OpenB06 Robatsch
3. L Lane vs G Baumanis  1-046196061st US OpenB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
4. L Lane vs M Rohland  0-131196061st US OpenB41 Sicilian, Kan
5. E E Hand vs L Lane  ½-½38196061st US OpenB32 Sicilian
6. L Lane vs M DiLillo  1-043196061st US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
7. Santasiere vs L Lane  1-040196061st US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
8. James M Wright vs L Lane  0-138196061st US OpenA02 Bird's Opening
9. G Gresser vs L Lane 1-0281961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B32 Sicilian
10. L Lane vs C Chaude de Silans  1-0411961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
11. H Konarkowska vs L Lane ½-½631961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B32 Sicilian
12. L Lane vs F Heemskerk 1-0401961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. L Lane vs N Gaprindashvili ½-½371961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
14. V Borisenko-Belova vs L Lane  1-0411961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)A02 Bird's Opening
15. V Nedeljkovic vs L Lane  ½-½431961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B32 Sicilian
16. L Lane vs E Polihroniade  0-1401961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C47 Four Knights
17. L Volpert vs L Lane 1-0401961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)E30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
18. K Zvorykina vs L Lane  1-0411961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
19. L Lane vs E Ladanyike-Karakas  ½-½691961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
20. M Lazarevic vs L Lane 1-01011961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
21. L Lane vs E Rinder  0-1351961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. S Handsuren vs L Lane  0-1401961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
23. L Lane vs A Nicolau Van Der Mije 1-0311961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
24. L Lane vs T Zatulovskaya 0-1651961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
25. J Bellin vs L Lane  ½-½531966Oberhausen ol (Women)B32 Sicilian
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Jun-27-12  SBC:

<"The First Chess Beauty Queen" 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:

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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.

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  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.

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  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.

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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.

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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?>

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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.
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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.

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  brankat: Happy Birthday Miss Lane!
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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.

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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.
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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).
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  OhioChessFan: Anyone else think she looks a bit like the missus?

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  Robed.Bishop: <OCF> The one with blonde or dark hair?
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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:

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  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."

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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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  zanzibar: <<Lisa Lane, Chess Players, Quits Tourney Because She's in Love>

HASTINGS, England, Jan. 2 (Reuters)--Love has checkmated the American women's chess champion, Lisa Lane.>

NYT 1962-01-03

<<Lisa Lane's Next Move: A Return to the U.S.; Chess Star to Leave Britain Tomorrow for New York Says After Dropping Tourney That She Is Quitting Game>

HASTINGS, England, Jan. 3 (AP)--Lisa Lane, who withdrew from the Hastings chess tournameat yesterday because she was lovesick, said today that she never would play competitive chess again.>

NYT 1962-01-04

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  tpstar: <Zanzibar> Menchik vs Graf-Stevenson, 1937

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  zanzibar: <tpstar> thanks, here's a direct link to your post:

Menchik vs Graf-Stevenson, 1937 (kibitz #3)

(For any forum post, right click on the date and "copy link", then just paste it in)

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  zanzibar: I thought it was interesting to find the original NYT articles. But if you really want to know the chess-playing Lisa:

it's an extensive archived version of Batgirl's original treatment.

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  WannaBe: Not sure if this have been posted before (Too lazy to go back and read 3 pages of posts)

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