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How unhappy that you simply present such a monochrome picture of the chess world of which I've been a eager member for many years (Editorial, 12 November). I've never brought curling sandwiches in a plastic bag to a chess occasion. My most popular power supply is a ripe banana. Once I reached in my pocket for one earlier than a troublesome match, a workforce member once asked hopefully whether I had any heroin with me.
• Your country diary (13& November) says: “Screams of swifts that scoured air in summer time at the moment are amplified inside the partitions of Pyrenean or Anti Atlas gorges.” Our widespread swifts are a lot further south than that. Throughout November they're more likely to be snapping up insects over the Congo forest.
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