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Bobby Fischer's fiance says it's for real

Aug. 20, 2004 at 10:02 AM   |   Comments

TOKYO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The Japanese chess official whom Bobby Fischer has named as his fiance says she truly loves Fischer and is willing to be his "sacrifice pawn."

Miyoko Watai, 59, is the acting president of the Japan Chess Association and involved in a romantic relationship with Fischer, 61, the New York Times reported Friday.

"I could be a sacrifice pawn," she said. "But in chess, there is such a thing as pawn promotion, where a pawn can become a queen."

Fischer's lawyer said the engagement formalizes an authentic bond of love that has already been established between Fischer, a former world chess champ, and Watai, a four-time woman's chess champion in Japan.

"It was a de facto marriage; we are now making it a legal marriage," lawyer Masako Suzuki said. "I have never seen a case where there is this passion and devotion."

Fischer was detained July 13 because the United States ordered the revocation of his passport in December.

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