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Achieving the Aim by Mikhail Botvinnik

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We returned to Rempstone Hall and settled down to dinner. We were · having chicken. Everything went well, but for the fruit course (grapes the size of apples-from the local greenhouse) we were provided with silver bowls of water on which . small flowers were floating. We decided to wait and see what the others would do with them. A trifling matter -it turned · out you rinsed your fingers in the bowl after eating. Then a polite good-bye and we were driven back in the host's immense · limousine. It was good that there were a few more days to go to the tournament, and I could concentrate on the main thing-the chess I Gradually the other players turned up.

So on. Derbyshire showed us one of his chess trophies-superb Staunton pieces kept in a glass case. Fifty years previously at the Nottingham Chess Congress he had won first prize in one of the subsidiary tourna­ ments. To mark the anniversary he had decided to run an international tournament with the participation of four world champions : Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine and Euwe. Derbyshire had announced that he would contribute half the tournament fund if the other half could be collected from amongst British chess supporters.

At that time the trade unions insisted that the Soviet Embassy took on local drivers to cut down unemployment. "The two piece is very good," said our companion, and the young. lady sales assistant nodded her head in assent. " Our guide decided that we should look for something more elegant. We decided to drive to another shop, went out to the street,. but there was no car waiting. The driver had gone off for lunch at 12 o'clock in accordance with his conditions of employment. We went round about ten shops, but the 'two piece' was out on its.

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