King's Gambit

To the average lonely heart, Bobby Fischer—erstwhile chess champion, virulent anti-Semite, and fugitive from the U.S. justice system—might not sound like Mr. Right. But to hear Miyoko Watai tell it, he's a dreamboat. Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo last week, Watai gushed: "I think of Bobby as a king and I would like to become queen." The 59-year-old acting head of the Japan Chess Association said turbulent circumstances had forced her to reveal what she had previously preferred to keep private—that she and Fischer have been living together in Tokyo for the past four years. And now, she says,...

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