MORE ABOUT LISA LANE: At the time of her WML visit, Lisa Lane was 24 years old. She first won the women's chess championship title in 1959.
Lisa Lane caused a news sensation when she lost two chess games and withdrew from a chess tournament (the Hastings Christmas Congress) in Hastings, England, after having played in a tournament in Yugoslavia. (John Daly mentioned her upcoming trip to Yugoslavia.) The newspapers at the time blamed her withdrawal on "being in love." "Well, that was Neil Hickey," Lisa Lane said. "And I was homesick." They eventually married and he became editor of TV Guide and later the editor-at-large of the Columbia Journalism Review magazine.
In 1962, Bobby Fischer withdrew from a chess tournament because Lisa Lane was playing in the event. He felt that women should not play chess because they were all inferior to male chess players.
As of 2003, Lisa Lane Hickey now owns a health food store called "Amber Waves of Grain" located in Carmel, NY. - Suzanne Astorino