Making All The Right Moves

As far as calendars go, you wouldn't think the Babes of Chess would be a hot seller. But when Zhu Chen, the recently crowned women's world chess champion, was approached about modeling as a checkmate playmate, she wasn't surprised. There are, after all, a lot of chess kooks out there, like the Web fanatic who proclaimed her the most beautiful girl grand master, or the letter writer who wondered whether she was the result of a nefarious genetic experiment to create a perfect Chinese woman. "Nature could not give birth to someone like you," read the exclamation point-filled note. "You must...

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