It's Sunday evening at Simpson's-in-the-Strand. Lawrence Trent is playing Black against Victor Korchnoi and a long game is nearing its end.
Trent has just moved his rook from f5, offering to transpose into a king and pawn ending but it's easy to see that after 57. Rxc5 Kxc5, 58. h4 a5, 59. h5 a4, 60. h6 a3, 61. h7 a2 both sides promote and since Trent wasn't forced into the rook exchange I think we can assume the queen ending is drawn.
Watching the game live, I began to think about where White might play his rook. What followed surprised then amazed me. I'd overlooked something but when it appeared on the board I thought White must be winning easily. Suddenly I realised Black had a hidden resource but, just when I was starting to think it was a draw after all, I saw that Korchnoi had it worked out all along.
Korchnoi and Trent analyse, my copy of Chess is my Life sitting at the side of the table waiting to be signed. Knowing that I was waiting for an autograph, Mrs Korchnoi had taken the book to her husband for him to do the honours. Aside from wanting to be helpful I think she was hoping it might bring the post-mortem to an end. No such luck!
Eventually the post-mortem is over and he signs.
I didn't mind waiting at all but the delightfully stoic Madame K had already been hanging around for hours. There are only so many word search puzzles a woman can do in a day.