The addictive world of competitive chess | Brief letters

Damon Albarn

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Chess | Swifts | Flowering lemon timber | John Clare | LV=

How sad that you simply current such a monochrome picture of the chess world of which I've been a eager member for many years (Editorial, 12 November). I have never introduced curling sandwiches in a plastic bag to a chess occasion. My most popular power source is a ripe banana. Once I reached in my pocket for one before a troublesome match, a staff member as soon as asked hopefully whether I had any heroin with me.
Rob Hull
London

• Your nation 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 much additional south than that. Throughout November they are more likely to be snapping up bugs over the Congo forest.
Sarah Gibson
Writer, Swifts and Us

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