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    At the lobby Anatoly asked: “Are you hungry? I think you’d like something more than just stale bread and tea, yeah?”

    “If it’s not too much trouble,” he said.

    “No, not too much. I’ll see what Yulia Alexandrovna has. Wait for me upstairs. You remember where my room is? Good. I will answer your question by the time I return. You’re a good reporter… it makes me hate you a little,” he said teasingly, and turned away just before Freddie was able to catch his smile.

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    Twice Svetlana receives unasked for help from an unexpected source.

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    Walter smiles brightly, folding his hands easily behind his back. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he says. “Congratulations on the win, by the way. Freddie’s been taking it very hard, he’s hardly let me out of his sight for the last two days.”

    Molokov takes three steps forward, placing him firmly inside Walter’s personal space, but maybe eastern Europeans have a different sense of that sort of thing. Walter stands his ground, relaxed.

    “Not much of a win for me, I’m afraid,” Molokov says coolly.

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    Florence and Anatoly have a painful phone call.

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    Фредди всё ещё презирал русских (что никогда не могло измениться), а Сергиевский — всё ещё — едва ли владел и десятком английских слов. Вместе с тем Фредди должен был признаться в своей зарождающейся симпатии.

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    Five letters Anatoly didn't send Freddie.

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    It is more than Florence ever thought it could be. She has a home here with Anatoly. They take care of one another. 

    It isn’t perfect. There are still moments.

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    Here is the perfect Soviet: a brilliant chess player and an active delegate to Young Pioneer gatherings; about to graduate to the Komsomol, he serves his nation on the political platform.

    There is, generally unnoticed by the public, something curious about his wide, shining eyes that doesn’t quite translate to the photos of him in the papers. One would have to meet Anatoly Viktorovich for themselves to understand the effect of his strange gaze.

    or: Anatoly's life at 14, 24, and 34.

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    Just in case things went wrong, or just in case he was sabotaged and needed an escape. He’d leave everything here behind and fly up to Canada in the many safehouses scattered across the country. He’d been honey trapping in America alone for only two years. It was too short of a time to judge anything, but the just in case scenarios turned into what if?

    What if he took the passport and fled the country anyhow, with no forewarning of his plan and no danger that could sway him with urgency?

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    During the summer of 1987, Chess Life magazine sponsored their second-ever 10-day chess-themed cruise, both as a way to raise money for American chess efforts and as an opportunity to provide chess enthusiasts with a fun vacation tailored to their interests. On top of the luxury of the ship itself, they would be making stops in San Juan and Nassau.

    Freddie quickly accepted an invitation to attend as a guest and take part in the programming, on the condition that he would be supplied with an extra family suite along with his own room.

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    So perhaps Walter had introduced him to something new—something different from chess. It wasn’t on purpose, that’s for sure. Freddie was just naturally interested in it when he saw him fidgeting with it mindlessly.

    “What’s that?” Freddie draped himself over his lap curiously and nicked the cube out of his hands, already trying to dissect the rules of the game like he always did. The colours were bright and eye-catching, it was basically made with him in mind.

    “A Rubik’s cube,” Walter said with a degree of amusement.

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    “What do they need asylum for?” Tim asks wearily as he follows Rich down the hall and back toward the offices.

    Rich shrugs. “They’re Russian,” he says.

    “Russian? How’d they get to Malaga?” Tim asks. “Did I ever tell you about the Russian bloke that applied for asylum when I was working in Italy? World chess champion, he was. Completely ungrateful, too, he went back home the next year.”

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    Gregor reaches for the globe on the kitchen counter. “See? Here’s us again, Hungary. Here is Austria. And here is England. You’re going to get on an airplane in Austria, and when you get off, you’ll be in England.”

    “It’s too small,” she says, very seriously.

    “It only looks small here. It will be much bigger when you get there, I promise,” he smiles. 

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    Svetlana returns home from Budapest with Anatoly, a broken man. She settles into the rest of her life—one of stilted conversations and sleeping in separate bedrooms. They each grieve their respective losses.

    Everything changes when, two years later, Svetlana sees Florence's picture in a magazine.

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    Except now, on top of Freddie's certainty that every move he makes and word he says and maybe thought he thinks is being tracked, he’s also really keyed into absolutely everything Anatoly does. And what does Anatoly do?

    He meets Freddie at the airport.

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    Florence agonizes over it, day after day. And yet, when she finds herself at home, sitting at her desk with a blank piece of paper in front of her and a pen in her hand, she finds herself frozen. She spent years studying the written word, and used to have such an easy time expressing herself in writing—one more casualty to chess, it seems.

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    Quietly, he asked: “How’s your wife? Or… ex-wife?”

    “Better off,” Molokov grumbled behind his spoon.

    He knew his family quite well. Leonid liked them, truthfully. He’d teach chess to the little one, though not often as he had his hands full a lot of the times. His gaze travelled downward to Molokov’s left hand. He kept his ring as a memento, like he wasn’t able to comprehend leaving his family behind.

    “How is America?” Molokov asked.

    “Not the same… but it’s okay. You come to tolerate it after a while.”

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    “Have you ever kissed a woman before?” Florence asks cautiously. Freddie shifts just so he can peek through his fingers, just enough to glare at her. The answer is obvious, but it’s more of a rhetorical question anyway. “Well, I have.”

    His head jerks up, and he stares at her, eyes wide and mouth agape. “Huh?”

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    Svetlana shakes her head and lays down her next card. “You need to know how to play more than one game. It is an important part of learning how to be interesting.”

    Frederick scoffs, mock-affronted. “Are you saying I’m boring?”

    “I am saying this game was created by peasants,” she says, smiling enigmatically. “If they can understand it, so can you.”

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    Начитка стихотворения из выкладки текстов низкого рейтинга.

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