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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, 83 years old) United States of America

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Lisa Lane was born in Philadelphia on April 25, 1938. She was a two-time U.S. women's champion (1959, equal first in 1966). In 1960, she was awarded the International Woman Master (WIM) title by FIDE. 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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Last updated: 2018-10-14 17:24:02

 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. S Handsuren vs L Lane  0-1401961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
14. L Lane vs N Gaprindashvili ½-½371961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
15. M Lazarevic vs L Lane 1-01011961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
16. L Lane vs T Zatulovskaya 0-1651961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. L Lane vs E Polihroniade  0-1401961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C47 Four Knights
18. V Borisenko-Belova vs L Lane  1-0411961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)A02 Bird's Opening
19. L Lane vs E Rinder  0-1351961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
20. K Zvorykina vs L Lane  1-0411961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
21. L Lane vs E Ladanyike-Karakas  ½-½691961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
22. L Volpert vs L Lane 1-0401961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)E30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
23. V Nedeljkovic vs L Lane  ½-½431961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B32 Sicilian
24. L Lane vs A Nicolau van der Mije 1-0311961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
25. J Bellin vs L Lane  ½-½531966Oberhausen Olympiad (Women)B32 Sicilian
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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.

Apr-25-13  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.

Aug-22-13  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  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?
Aug-29-13  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:

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  TheFocus: She won in 1959 and tied with Gresser in 1966. Correction was made in the bio.
Feb-23-15  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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Feb-23-15  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)

Feb-23-15  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)

Sep-29-18  InspirationChess: what a excuse of "quits chess for love" is ridiculous. She had a rapid development of rookie to professional from his country in just 2 years of playing chess. what any player would want quickly.
It is a great pity that she has not valued his great potential.
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  keypusher: <Sep-29-18 InspirationChess: what a excuse of "quits chess for love" is ridiculous. She had a rapid development of rookie to professional from his country in just 2 years of playing chess. what any player would want quickly. It is a great pity that she has not valued his great potential.>

As you can see by glancing at the bio at the top of the page, she did not, in fact, quit chess for love. To the extent she decided not to devote quite so many weekends pushing bits of plastic around in dingy hotels, good for her. There’s more to life than chess.

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  OhioChessFan: To be fair, the average chess player might not be all that attuned to such social niceties as "love".
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  HeMateMe: I kissed an older woman tonight.
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  sleepyirv: Sports Illustrated has an excellent article on Lisa Lane and women in chess:
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  keypusher: <sleepyirv: Sports Illustrated has an excellent article on Lisa Lane and women in chess:

If by excellent you mean regurgitating the usual crap about how top women make less than top men, and omitting that those women make far more than men of comparable strength, then yes. It's excellent. If you mean completely omitting any discussion of why men might play chess more often and better than women for any reason other than sexism, then it's absolutely first-rate.

Dec-19-18  Caissanist: The SI article overall was pretty meh, but I'm glad that the author at least got her to sit for an extended interview, the first I know of since she stopped playing tournament chess. It's a shame that vision problems have made it impossible for her to play online chess anymore.
Mar-27-19  Gallicrow: Nice picture of Lisa Lane (Hickey?) and her husband now (Jan 2019):
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