Botticelli and Beyond:Over 100 of the World's Best Word by David Sidney Parlett

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Away h e smiled and waved goodbye cheerfully. (Maybe he was just glad to see the back of me? Ooh, sorry. ) So it i s . Chess is a competitive sport and such things happen occasionally. I bear no animos­ ity, and expect none. The next tournament will be back to normal. Generally speaking there a re nothing but good relations between top players. Lastly I would like to thank Messrs. Poluga­ evsky, Romanishin and Timman for their be­ haviour and understanding. Particularly Polu . Temperamentally, i f anyone w a s likely to b e d isturbed b y m e , it w a s h i m , yet he made n o complaint.

And that wasn't in reference solely to the players. One could sense journal­ ists and others beginning to take sides, looking the other way as I came into a room and the like. As for the protesters, well, Hubner's view­ point I understand easily. He is exceptionally sensible to surroundings. Dzindzi's, rightly or wrongly I can only take as a joke. With Kort­ chnoi and Lj ubo it's more difficult. As I un­ derstand i t their rationale went: at first, I had a back problem. Then I won a game or two ly­ ing down .

The game eventually started cally I never even sat to eat breakfast. I ate it 45 minutes late. standing or walking as this was less stressful. The players were circularized with the follow­ By one o'clock Romanishin had still not arrived. ing bland letter: The arbiter asked if I had any objections to the clocks not being started . Naturally I had none. 05 Romanishin arrived and was ushered The tournament committee and the arbiters re­ into Jan Rennings' office. For some time no­ ceived an officia l protest Ji'om four participants onc emerged .

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