The british connection

On the afternoon of Monday 17 October I found a message on my desk at the Financial Times 'Ray Keene says he is back from Manila. Could you ring him. Urgent'. I recalled a lunch with Ray, at the time that Abu Dhabi had pulled the rug from under Campomanes' feet. The matches had seemed doomed and our prognostications for the future of world chess verged on the apocalyptic. But when we finally got together on 18 October it became clear that reports of the death of FIDE had been greatly...