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Music: Benny Andersson + Bjцrn Ulvaeus Lyrics: Tim Rice Book: Tim Rice Premiere: Wednesday, May 14, 1986 Broadway record: 1988 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------CHESS American Tour version Lyrics by Tim Rice Based on an idea by Tim Rice Book by Richard Nelson Book Revised for this Production by Robert Coe ________________________________________

© 1990

The American Tour opened January 9, 1990 at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts in Miami Beach, Florida

Note: This script was made by transcription; the descriptions of action are from observation. Sung material is in all capital letters. ACT ONE 1

Scene 1: A Giant Chessboard

"The Story of Chess"

ARBITER Each game of chess means there's one less Variation left to be played Each day got through means one or two Less mistakes remain to be made

Each game of chess means there's one less Variation left to be played Each day got through means one or two Less mistakes remain to be made

Not much is known Of early days of chess beyond a fairly vague report That fifteen hundred years ago two princes fought Though brothers, for a Hindu throne

Their mother cried - for 2

No-one really likes their offspring fighting to the death She begged them stop the slaughter with her every breath But sure enough one brother died

Sad beyond belief She told her winning son You have caused such grief I can't forgive this evil thing you've done He tried to explain How things had really been But he tried in vain No words of his could mollify the queen And so he asked the wisest men he knew The way to lessen her distress

They told him he'd be pretty certain to impress By using model soldiers on A chequered board to show it was his brother's fault They thus invented chess.

(the chorus moves large chess pieces around the board and sings the above in counterpoint during the following:)

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it progressed Still further yet And when Constantinople fell in 1453 One would have noticed every other refugee Included in his bags a set Once in the hands And in the minds of leading figures of the Renaissance The spirit and the speed of chess made swift advance Through all of Europe's vital lands Where we must record The game was further changed Right across the board The western touch upon the pieces ranged King and queen and rook And bishop. Thus redesigned. knight and pawn All took on the look 4 .Chess displayed no inertia Soon spread to Persia. then west Next the Arabs refined it.

Scene 2: The Lobby of the Bangkok International Hotel tv anchor (on screen) Frederick Trumper. who made.. the American chess player. the modern game was born With such success We see a game that started by mistake in Hindustan And boosted in the main by what is now Iran Reach every corner of the globe with nation Squaring up to nation to determine.. Frank Scamello. We're taking you now live to our correspondent in Thailand. no holds barred. Who owns. "FREDDIEmania" has moved halfway around the world with an added twist of global politics.. An American-Soviet chess competition has seized the international media spotlight. 5 .... Well. has revolutionized an ancient game -offering the kind of excitement usually associated with a rock concert. who will parade The champion of chess.We know today.

and the man who has held the world title for the past five years should be appearing at any.SCAMELLO Excitement is building here at the fabulous International Hotel in exotic Bangkok. Thailand.. The world chess tournament chess match-up between the American. It's morning here in Bangkok. "What a Scene. where press representatives from around the globe have gathered for what has to be the most anxiously awaited international sporting event since the last Olympics.wait just a moment. Freddie Trumper's arriving now.... What a Joy" FREDDIE (on screen) What a scene! What a joy! What a lovely sight When my game is the big sensation! Has the mob's sporting taste Altered overnight? Have they found new sophistication? Not yet! They just want to see If the nice guy beats the bum If it's East-West 6 . Frederick Trumper and his Soviet challenger Anatoly Sergievsky.

WALTER Ladies and gentlemen. FREDDIE You can raise all you want If you raise the roof Scream and shout and the gate increases Break the rules -. 7 .O. S.R.R.O.And the money's sky-high They all come My personal manager. WALTER De Courcey. He's going to defeat the unbeaten Textron chessplaying computer in less than twenty-five moves. the world chess champion has arranged for an demonstration of his amazing mental powers.break the bank I'm the living proof They don't care how I move my pieces I know I'm the best there is But all they want is a show Well that's all right I'll be glad to oblige S.

ALEXANDER MOLOKOV and ANATOLY SERGIEVSKY watch the match on television from their suite on the other side of the stage. who is that woman? MOLOKOV 8 . MOLOKOV What a ridiculous demonstration. ANATOLY Molokov. ANATOLY Don't believe it. The man is clearly disintigrating before our very eyes.Scene 3: Anatoly's Hotel Suite Simultaneously. MOLOKOV But twenty-five moves against a three-year old computer.

Frederick Trumper's chess second. MOLOKOV Please. hand me the Vassy file. For the past seven years. Adopted and raised in Connecticut. Unlike your friends in Moscow.being I'm a mere chess-playing second like the lovely Florence Vassy.Why? Interested? (beat) Very well. Whether they are lovers still. by the time.. ANATOLY Svetlana and I keep no secrets from each other. Now they keep separate rooms.. Several years ago. Hungarianborn orphan emigrated as an infant from Budapest. 9 .. An excellent chess player in her own right. I shall make it a point not to inform your estranged wife. my dear Anatoly Valeriovich. Anatoly. she and Trumper were lovers.. (reads) Florence Vassy. ANATOLY You mean there are things the KGB does not know? MOLOKOV We are seldom surprised by your taste in women. Nikolai. I might add...

We're going to watch the world champ play six international masters simultaneously while blindfolded. ANATOLY Does it say anywhere in that file that her father died in a Budapest prison in the '56 revolt? (MOLOKOV turns up the volume on the television:) FREDDIE Checkmate! SCAMELLO Freddie has just defeated the previously unbeaten Textron computer in only 23 moves.. We'd like to invite you now across the lobby to the Circus Room for champagne and coffee.Vassy. (MOLOKOV turns off the TV) 10 .ANATOLY Vassy.. Is she perhaps related to the former Hungarian chess champion? MOLOKOV His daughter.

please relax We're all on your side You know how you need us -- ANATOLY I don't need my army of so-called 'advisors' And 'helpers' to tell me 11 ."The Russian and Molokov" MOLOKOV What we've just seen's a pathetic display From a man who's beginning to crack He's afraid -.he knows he isn't the player he was And he won't get it back ANATOLY Nonsense! Why do my seconds Always want to believe Third-rate propaganda --? MOLOKOV My friend.

we won't underestimate Trumper We won't get caught in that trap After all. winning or losing reflects on us all -- ANATOLY Oh don't give me that crap! I win -. my friend. You'd better come to play chess..I have just one message for you.The man who's revitalised chess single-handed Is more or less out of his brain When it's very clear he's sane FREDDIE ..no one else does And I take the rap if I lose MOLOKOV Winning's not so simple The whole world's tuned in We're on display We're not merely sportsmen -12 . MOLOKOV Listen.

the one who controls him His queen and his mentor The best moves are always Away from the chessboard The WOMAN is your aim Take her and you win the game (Molokov exits) "Where I Want to Be" 13 . we have to make sure All men have a weakness And his is that woman.ANATOLY Oh please don't start spouting that old party line Yes I know it's your job but Just get out and get me a chess-playing second In twenty-four hours we begin That is if you want to win! MOLOKOV Wanting's not sufficient We have to know.

ANATOLY Who needs a dream? Who needs ambition? Who'd be the fool In my position? Once I had dreams Now they're obsessions Hopes became needs Lovers possessions

Then they move in Oh so discreetly Slowly at first Smiling too sweetly I opened doors They walked right through them Called me their friend I hardly knew them

Now I'm where I want to be and who I want to be and doing what I always said I would 14

and yet I feel I haven't won at all Running for my life and never looking back in case there's someone right behind to shoot me down and say he always knew I'd fall

When the crazy wheel slows down Where will I be? Back where I started

Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining Times have been good Fast, entertaining But what's the point? If I'm concealing Not only love All other feeling

Now I'm where I want to be and who I want to be and doing what I always said I would and yet I feel I haven't won at all Running for my life and never looking back in case there's someone right behind 15

to shoot me down and say he always knew I'd fall

When the crazy wheel slows down Where will I be? Back where I started.

(Nicolai enters)

nikolai Anatoly Valeriovich, it's Nikolai. Excuse me, but I heard you tell MOLOKOV you needed a game. Well, I was a tournament semi-finalist of my student chess club in Crakow, and I was wondering....

ANATOLY Nikolai! (pause) Maybe later.

Scene 4: The Rooftop Ballroom of the International Hotel

Molokov, Anatoly, Freddie, Florence, Walter, the Arbiter and his assistants and 16

I am the Arbiter of this match. Let me take this opportunity also to thank the Bangkok International Hotel for providing us with this magnificent rooftop ballroom. Would the players and seconds please approach? FREDDIE Well. Mr. My homeland. Nigeria. my name is Kobe Obe. it's great to be back at the world championship. 17 . ARBITER Mr. Trumper. I just flew in from New York and boy are my arms tired. These are my assistants. It's been two years since the last big event and it's going to feel great to keep the title. The first player to attain six game victories over his opponent will be declared champion. I wish to welcome the world to the magnificent city of Bangkok and the World Chess Championship. Mr.various delegates are present. Frederick Trumper of the United States will defend his title against the challenger from the Soviet Union. Officials will see that the rules of the match are followed and order prevails. Our format is simple. ARBITER On behalf of the king and people of Thailand and the International Chess Federation. Anatoly Sergievsky. FREDDIE Nice spot.

Even reaching this level of play is no mean feat. Molokov? You speak English. My pleasure. FLORENCE Congratulations..FLORENCE Good morning. Mr. I understand. Sergievsky. ANATOLY I believe I speak your language as well. but why waste time?' 18 . Miss Vassy. 'Patience is a virtue. ANATOLY May I take this opportunity to offer your man a rematch? FLORENCE Isn't that a little premature when you haven't even sat across a table yet? ANATOLY There's a Russian saying. MOLOKOV Good morning.Mr.. Miss Vassy.

I'm available to consider pre-match applications. FLORENCE Circumstances have left me a citizen of the world. Mr.. FLORENCE We'd like to make a.... Miss Vassy. MOLOKOV That's true. DeCourcey. Freddie's personal manager. what with all the media attention.. MOLOKOV We know you by reputation. FLORENCE I'm sure you know a little about all of us. Shall we go see. I'm afraid.WALTER Excuse me. business matters.. especially Hungarian citizens who've made a success in the West. 19 . Unnecessary evil.. Molokov.. ARBITER Enough big jaws.. Mr. I'm Walter DeCourcey.

. Our doctor.and am hopeful that the new spirit of conciliation between two great nations will extend itself to a simple game. ARBITER Objection overruled. Mr. MOLOKOV The Soviet delegation consists of just three people. Molokov? MOLOKOV 20 . psychologist. security agents and chef cannot be considered delegates. Miss Vassy? FLORENCE The American delegation wishes to protest the size of the Soviet delegation.. most of the people on our side are private citizens. MOLOKOV But our delegation is the same size as the American delegation. including our champion.ARBITER (continuing) . FLORENCE On the contrary.

I'd like to ask permission for a few key commercial supporters of the game to set up sales booths around the arena.. WALTER As the head of the television companies. "Arbiter's Song" 21 . FLORENCE That's preposterous. it seems to me.. With non-aligned aluminum.The Soviet delegation has reason to believe that the American player's chair contains a communications device.. the trade show of chess products filling the hotel's convention hall isn't enough for you? WALTER Well. ARBITER Mr. ARBITER Objection overruled. Both chairs were made in Sweden... DeCourcey. It objects to the constitution of the chair.. given the tremendous investment in the live satellite hook-up.

DeCourcey. for the moment. I've a duty as the referee At the start of the match On behalf of all our sponsors I must welcome you Which I do -. could we behave ourselves with the dignity the occasion demands? Let the preparations for the match begin.ARBITER Mr.there's a catch I don't care if you're a champion No one messes with me I am ruthless in upholding What I know is right Black or white -.as you'll see I'm on the case Can't be fooled Any objection Is overruled Yes I'm the ARBITER and I know best 22 .

don't push him. Walkouts.ASSISTANTS He's impartial. I know the score ASSISTANTS From square one he'll be watching all 64 ARBITER If you're thinking of the kind of thing That we've seen in the past Chanting gurus. fists -. Tempers. he's unimpressed ARBITER You got your tricks? Good for you! But there's no gambit I don't see through Oh I'm the ARBITER. hypnotists. walkie-talkies.not so fast Just the hint of the unethical I'll be right on your back 23 .

(dance sequence) ARBITER I'm on the case Can't be fooled Any objection is overruled Yes I'm the ARBITER and I know best ASSISTANTS He's impartial. he's unimpressed.I will jump on all offenders from a [?] height Don't invite [?] I'm on the case Can't be fooled Any objection Is overruled Yes I'm the ARBITER and I know best ASSISTANTS He's impartial. don't push him. 24 . don't push him. he's unimpressed.

I know the score From square one I'll be watching all 64 ASSISTANTS From square one he'll be watching all 64 ARBITER Oh I'm the ARBITER. Opening game to the champion. (the game begins) ARBITER Mr.ARBITER You got your tricks? Good for you! But there's no gambit I don't see through Oh I'm the ARBITER. Sergievsky has resigned. 25 . I know the score ARBITER & ASSISTANTS From square one I'll be watching all 64. Frederick Trumper.

my word is law Yes. I'm on the case Can't be fooled Any objection is overruled You got your tricks? Good for you! But there's no gambit I don't see through (Another game proceeds.. I'm the ARBITER. FREDDIE (points to Anatoly's yogurt) Put that down! 26 .(applause) Silence! I will not allow partisan demonstrations at this match. We will conduct ourselves with athe dignity the occasion deserves.. my word is law From square one.. Anatoly eats yogurt mid-game) Oh I'm the ARBITER. As usual.

let me see that. FREDDIE Check it! I want someone checking that yogurt.. Put it down. give it here. FLORENCE Check it for what? ARBITER What is going on here? FREDDIE Check the yogurt... FREDDIE The yogurt. ANATOLY Get away.ANATOLY Stop. ANATOLY 27 .

ANATOLY Yes..Why should I let you look in my yogurt? FREDDIE It's strawberry. FREDDIE Don't be so goddam naive! Look at that! Now I demand that he no longer be served yogurt and I want an apology. 28 . FREDDIE Before that in the first game it was banana. ANATOLY So? FREDDIE Don't you see? They're cheating! ARBITER Mr.. Trumper..

FREDDIE This match is over... what are you doing. Come on.ANATOLY Never! FLORENCE Freddie. Call him on it. ARBITER Break for lunch. 29 .. do something...? FREDDIE I want him disqualified. please. Do something! ARBITER Mr. Trumper.

make our disgust For this abuse perfectly clear We're here for chess -. MOLOKOV We wish.are the US? If so why foul the atmosphere? FLORENCE I must protest -.Scene 5: The ARBITER's Suite ANATOLY A pity we can't always choose which side we work for. FLORENCE I suspect the problem is a bit more acute on your side.our delegation Has a host of valid points to raise ARBITER It's not just black and white If I may coin a phrase 30 . no must.

As any neutral would attest FLORENCE Though we concede The fact your masters bend the rules is maybe not your fault If they admit their psychological assault Then under protest we'll proceed MOLOKOV If your man's so sweet Then why the fighting talk? If he's not a cheat Then why on earth did he go take a walk? FLORENCE I am not surprised he wanted fresher air Once he realized there was no hope Of your lot playing fair FLORENCE/ANATOLY MOLOKOV/ARBITER How sad It's very sad to see 31 .

the ancient and To see distinguished game that used to be ALL A model of decorum and tranquility Become like any other sport A battleground for rival ideologies To slug it out with glee ANATOLY I would say with regard to Him it is hard to Rebut Ever growing suspicions My opposition's A nut FLORENCE I would have said You'd understand the strain and pressure getting where he's got 32 .

Or that you'd simply call him highly-strung and not Imply that he was off his head ANATOLY But how on earth Can someone even half as civilized and nice as you Become with such a self-destructive point of view I hope he pays you what you're worth ARBITER I call this tune No one's immune to my power Once in that hall MOLOKOV In that case I must ask you Why you now Preside over a brawl FLORENCE I'm not getting rich 33 .

My only interest Is in something which Gives me the chance Of working with the best ANATOLY I can only say I hope your dream comes true Till that far-off day I hope you cope With helping number two FLORENCE/ANATOLY MOLOKOV/ARBITER How sad It's very sad to see the ancient and To see distinguished game that used to be ALL A model of decorum and tranquility Become like any other sport A battleground for rival ideologies 34 .

ARBITER It is time for explanations. Sergievsky abstains from eating yogurt. FLORENCE Our position is simple.! FLORENCE Ms.. Trumper will consent to resume the match only if Mr.To slug it out with glee (They all sing their verses over each other) ALL A model of decorum and tranquility Become like any other sport A battleground for rival ideologies To slug it out with glee ARBITER Miss Vassy. 35 . Mr..

why can't we just play chess? 36 .ANATOLY Never! FLORENCE In addition. This is the message that I want to send to both sides. MOLOKOV (to Florence) My friend.Freddie will require an apology for this extraordinary breach of chess etiquette. Now. Vassy. (Arbiter and Assistants exit) ANATOLY My taste in yogurt seems to have produced an international incident. Tomorrow morning I expect to see two players at the table. Good day. I'm going to leave the three of you to resolve your differences. The game is greater than the players and their politics. in the spirit of Malta. let me remind you that the eyes of the world are on Bangkok. ARBITER Ms.

Molokov. FLORENCE Bullshit! The State Department briefed us about you before we came here. I'm not certain I can convince Freddie to return to the game.FLORENCE You have the nerve to ask me that? MOLOKOV I'm a chess second. And I hear Moscow is lovely this time of year. and don't think for a moment we don't know who controls the momentum of this match. (to Anatoly) You need only apologize because without an apology. ANATOLY 37 . Miss Vassy. Freddie walks out and says you cheated. FLORENCE So don't give me any further reasons to hate you. and I'm sure you of all people are thoroughly aware of my family background. ANATOLY I was briefed on you myself. who wouldn't believe him? We'll come out on top and the two of you will be on the first plane back to Moscow.

That means you... ANATOLY Would it? MOLOKOV You can't possibly agree to this. Miss Vassy. Like everything else. MOLOKOV This meeting will take place over my strenuous objections.Would this meeting have to be public? MOLOKOV Sergievsky.. ANATOLY As you can see. I lean heavily on the advice of Comrade Molokov. Therefore I will consent to this meeting only if seconds from both sides are present. the setting can be negotiated. FLORENCE Not necessarily public. FLORENCE 38 .

I have yet to sample the local Thai cuisine... FLORENCE I know restaurants too. MOLOKOV They're the same guide. Molokov.. As a gesture of conciliation. Mr. Sergievsky. ANATOLY We have something in common. I'll permit you to suggest a place. FLORENCE We'll use mine. MOLOKOV I know a private restaurant. Your generosity surprises me. Shall we choose? I have a Bangkok food guide. 39 . Mr. ANATOLY Perfect! Travelling with my own chef.I'm fully acquainted with my position in this match.

FLORENCE Agreed.MOLOKOV I open. FLORENCE The fourth. ANATOLY 40 . MOLOKOV Make it the third below the one you touched. MOLOKOV Okay. FLORENCE Agreed. MOLOKOV The second. you point.

The Generous Sole Terrace Bar. ANATOLY Wonderful. FLORENCE What a coincidence. ANATOLY It's in the hotel. ALL It sounds fine. MOLOKOV An auspcious name. Scene 6: Freddie's Suite 41 .

Freddie'll give you twenty minutes on the phone if we get the cover and a look at the copy before publication.WALTER (into phone) A lot of nerve these people have. (into phone) Now look.. you start to go a bit cuckoo after a while. FLORENCE Where is he? 42 . Time Life. listen to me. David. wouldn't it? (Florence enters) FLORENCE Where's FREDDIE? WALTER (to Florence.well. David. you know.. the chances of getting FREDDIE to pose for a photo with the Russian are less than zero. Now that would be different. you spend your life staring at 64 squares. listen. I mean chess is a violent sport. Yogurt! I mean who would have thought in an age of cold war thaw that. Unless you're talking about the cover. covering mouthpiece of phone) Shhh.

FLORENCE 43 . Headlines in the press.A. (into phone) We realize that pre-publication review's a sensitive issue. It took me twenty minutes to make that connection. the Times in L. London. please. Among them: La Monde. FLORENCE Where did he go? WALTER Don't you realize what we got here? Cold War revived as chess match. (Florence depresses the switch hook) WALTER What the hell are you doing? That was Time-Life.WALTER Shut up. Die Welt. but if you can give it to Meryl Streep.. you can sure as hell give it to FREDDIE Trumper without any.... New York. This publicity could put our grandchildren through college.

WALTER You're not suggesting I had anything to do with this are you? FLORENCE You follow the slime. you find the slug. What is it? FLORENCE What Freddie did today was not his style. could you hold please? (to Florence) You've got my undivided attention. (the phone rings again) WALTER (into phone) Freddie Trumper's suite. I just spent forty-five minutes making a complete ass of myself. (Freddie enters) 44 . I want some answers now.WALTER.

WALTER You see? FLORENCE Okay. Florence.FREDDIE It wasn't Walter. Walter. kid. Good luck. I'm sorry. Freddie. WALTER That's okay. I'll take this in the bedroom. FREDDIE 45 . It was my idea. You had to steal Korchnoi's ploy from '78. what information could anyone possibly pass the guy in a cup of blueberry yogurt? FREDDIE It was strawberry. FLORENCE You couldn't even be original. It's been a long day and it's not even four o'clock. FLORENCE Seriously. Forget about it.

Wait a sec. Now watch closely.. right? But then I moved a bishop. bam. FREDDIE No. Trumper saves draw. I'm down a pawn. I move the rook and bam. Florence.. which means I sacrifice. 46 . Down two pawns. bam. You haven't seen it yet. no. Because I moved the queen's rook. FLORENCE So that's why you pulled that stunt with the yogurt.Korchnoi's complaint. no. FLORENCE Just move the knight. I figured it out. which means I'm down two pawns. A draw! Snatched from the jaws of defeat! Global headlines. FLORENCE What did you figure out? FREDDIE Look. (pause) Wait. bam. Ah ha! I figured it out.

FLORENCE Will you stop talking chess for one moment!? (Walter enters) WALTER That was Vanity Fair and we got the cover! Freddie.. FLORENCE Fine time to save the draw.. I feel good.FREDDIE God. FREDDIE At first I thought he was just disguising that variation he used to keep Vilav in. I'm telling you. I'm going to see if I can set up a few more phone interviews. (Walter exits) FREDDIE 47 . this thing is big. You know.. I'll call you later. nothing makes the mind kick in like a knife to your throat.

why did you cheat? FREDDIE I must be losing my touch. FLORENCE Then you show up downstairs at the Generous Sole at ten. Florence. FLORENCE Answer me! FREDDIE Come on Florence..I still can't figure out why I didn't see it... I cannot do that. get with the program! This is no ordinary game! I can't lose this match. FLORENCE Freddie. WALTER I'm going downstairs to the trade show. FREDDIE 48 . Florence. Come along later if you feel like slumming.

hey. who's side you on here.. anyway? FLORENCE 49 ..Why should I? FLORENCE He's apologizing. you are a genius! FLORENCE I wish I had nothing to do with this. FREDDIE You wish you. FREDDIE (laughs) Vassy. FREDDIE You're kidding? FLORENCE I wish I were.

keep it up you're doing fine Why this humiliation? Why treat me like a fool? I've taken shit for seven years And I won't take it any more FREDDIE I'm only teasing Soviets With gentle bonhomie And you've a better reason to be anti-them than me 50 .They showed more class than you have ever shown in your life. FREDDIE I get it now. These are the people who murdered your father. You seem to be forgetting something here Florence. hasn't he? I saw those smoldering looks at the opening ceremony. "You Wanna Lose Your Only Friend" FLORENCE You want to lose your only friend? Well. That Russian's got your number.

Budapest is falling I'd have thought you'd support Any attack on these people On the people who ran Mindlessly over your childhood Don't let them fool you for Thirty years on they're the same FLORENCE 51 .Budapest is rising 1956 .FLORENCE There's a time and there's a place FREDDIE Well how about here and now? Are you for me or for them? FLORENCE There's a time and there's a place -- FREDDIE 1956 .Budapest is fighting 1956 .

1956 ...Budapest is fighting 1956 ... Florence. I'm sorry.Budapest is dying FREDDIE you should never forget don't be deceived by this glasnost If you walk out on me You're really betraying your father Were he alive now He'd surely be dying of shame FLORENCE You know that there's nothing I've done That he'd be ashamed of in my whole life! Why'd you have to do this to me? FREDDIE Florence. then a spa during the following) 52 . the scene dissolves to the hotel cafe. (lights down as she exits.

"Nobody's Side" FLORENCE What's going on around me Is barely making sense I need some explanations fast I see my present partner In the imperfect tense And I don't see how we can last I feel I need a change of cast Maybe I'm on nobody's side And when he gives me reasons To justify each move They're getting harder to believe I know this can't continue I've still a lot to prove There must be more I could achieve But I don't have the nerve to leave (Florence leaves the restaurant and goes to the hotel spa where she receives a massage from the Spa Assistants) 53 .

SPA ASSISTANTS Everybody's playing the game But nobody's rules are the same Nobody's on nobody's side Better learn to go it alone Recognize you're out on your own Nobody's on nobody's side FLORENCE The one I should not think of Keeps rolling through my mind And I don't want to let that go No lover's ever faithful No contract truly signed There's nothing certain left to know And how the cracks begin to show! FLORENCE & SPA ASSISTANTS Never make a promise or plan Take a little love where you can Nobody's on nobody's side 54 .

use your head Nobody's on nobody's side (behind a screen.Never stay too long in your bed Never lose your heart. Florence dresses for the evening) (dance break) FLORENCE Never take a stranger's advice Never let a friend fool you twice Nobody's on nobody's side Never be the first to believe Never be the last to deceive FLORENCE AND DRESSERS Nobody's on nobody's side Never leave a moment too soon Never waste a hot afternoon Nobody's on nobody's side Never stay a minute too long 55 .

as does Anatoly) MOLOKOV Who'd have thought that such a simple game could be so complicated? Please sit down Miss Vassy. the youth of Berlin have danced atop the wall. Please come. You do not care much for me yet. won't you join us? Thank you.Don't forget the best will go wrong Nobody's on nobody's side Scene 8: The Generous Sole Terrace Bar Better learn to go it alone Recognize you're out on your own Nobody's on nobody's side (the dressers become patrons of the bar. but as you must know better than anyone we should all learn to allow for the whimseys of genius. I still don't approve of this apology. Mr. Sergievsky. we should all learn to respond to changing times. which will be sold shortly and shipped brick 56 . In your native Hungary. In East Germany. We just have to wait for only a moment. Florence approaches Molokov's table. democracy is restored. joined by men to form couples. but in the words of Gorby.

Mr. I'm a little early. Sergievsky. ANATOLY You look more beautiful than ever. ANATOLY Oh? FLORENCE He's with his agent. Miss Vassy. 57 .by brick to Arizona to keep your London Bridge company. MOLOKOV With Frederick Trumper nowhere in evidence. FLORENCE Good evening. ANATOLY Good evening. He should be here momentarily. FLORENCE As you can see.

May I buy you a drink? FLORENCE Yes.ANATOLY Wonderful. I feel ravenously hungry. Do you have Perrier? bartender Calistoga water. ANATOLY Shall I enquire after the specials? MOLOKOV (to a diner across the room) How's the trout? 58 . MOLOKOV Perhaps we should order food. This leaves the two of us time to chat. please. FLORENCE A seltzer. Thank you.

He's with him. ANATOLY Molokov. MOLOKOV Anatoly Valeriovich enjoys pointing out the lavish attention accorded Soviet chess heroes travelling abroad. I suggest you make a phone call now and enquire after our American friend. FLORENCE (to Anatoly. looking at the Diner) He's with you? ANATOLY Hardly. if you wish to eat soon. 59 . MOLOKOV The trout is excellent tonight.diner (In Russian) Excellent.

MOLOKOV It appears I have to go to the men's room. I read your father's book. ANATOLY Although by telling you this. don't you find yourself at your wits end? (pause) 60 . FLORENCE We're aware of the wide range of Soviet tactics. I must take this moment. (Molokov exits) ANATOLY Miss Vassy. As a much younger man. excuse me. Sergievsky. Mr. Miss Vassy. That means a great deal to me. You must know the extraordinary impact he has had on a generation of Soviet players. ANATOLY And with Freddie Trumper. I give you a special insight to my style of play. FLORENCE Thank you.

He was afraid of losing.. wasn't he? FLORENCE Freddie's not a. anyway.. 61 . It's just that I know you have nothing whatsoever to do with this farcical business about the yogurt. Not at chess. And the look in yours.. ANATOLY As his second. FLORENCE Then why are you apologizing tonight? ANATOLY I have no intention of apologizing.I'm sorry. you had no choice but to defend him. Please believe me when I tell you I have never cheated in my life. that was tactless of me. FLORENCE What makes you think that Freddie and I aren't in complete agreement? ANATOLY From the look in his eyes.

FLORENCE What is he saying? ANATOLY He says you have beautiful eyes. diner (in Russian) Pass the salt. diner (in Russian) Pass the salt.FLORENCE Then why are we here? ANATOLY We are here to meet each other. but Freddie is coming here to discuss continuation of a chess match. FLORENCE Excuse me. Please. 62 .

What's your motive? What's going on here? You could be working for Molokov for all I know. You said Freddie would be here and he is not. I have no reason to trust you at all. "Terrace Duet" FLORENCE Perhaps Freddie's on the terrace. ANATOLY Nor I you.diner (in Russian) Pass the salt. Excuse me. (Anatoly passes the salt) FLORENCE He asked for the salt! You talk about trust. This is the one situation I wanted most to avoid Nothing I say will convince him this isn't a trick 63 . You came so early for our meeting.

I mean us -She seems so very straightforward -. just as scared as he was in the game FLORENCE 64 . through no fault of my own. I'm in it way over my head Embarrassed. marooned ANATOLY Now she can't be working for them -. she smiles There's something peculiar going on FLORENCE So.ANATOLY A drink on a clear moonlit night -.but where is he? FLORENCE He has to show up -.it can't come to nothing --perhaps it can! ANATOLY Maybe he's scared -maybe he's scared. outnumbered.I relax.

well-produced scene? FLORENCE How could I not? Miss Vassy regrets Anything goes with your opponent 65 . go and wreck his career I know I've done my best ANATOLY Well at least she's a good-looking spy FLORENCE What if my Russian friend thinks that my plans Have nothing to do with the chess? If I don't say something and soon He'll go -.maybe I'm on nobody's side! ANATOLY Listen.Oh I just couldn't care less He can go right ahead. I hate to break up the mood How do you say. begin the beguine Haven't you noticed we're still one character short In this idyllic.

They kiss) FLORENCE This is the one situation I wanted most to avoid ANATOLY My dear opponent -.I haven't missed him so far Maybe it won't do any harm To struggle on without his charm Funny how all at once I feel Nothing about that meeting matters any more (Florence starts to leave the terrace.ANATOLY Never mind him -. I am (Florence backs away) 66 .I really can't imagine why FLORENCE You think I'm the dangerous kind? Well. Anatoly grabs her and pulls her close.

too clever by half -- ANATOLY I have to hand it to you For you've managed to make me forget why I ever agreed to this farce (They look at each other and embrace again) FLORENCE & ANATOLY I don't know why I can't think of anything I would rather do Than be spending my time with someone like you.why can't you be what you ought to be? You should be scheming. 67 .you're not dangerous Who could think that of you? FLORENCE & ANATOLY You are so strange -. intriguing.ANATOLY You -.

I'm sorry. trying to intercede) 68 .. Freddie enters.this shouldn't be happening.I've done all your work for you. They part guiltily when Freddie speaks) FREDDIE Who'd ever think it? Such a very pretty setting! Tell me what's the betting Very pretty plotting too? No matter -.(As they kiss again. FREDDIE Who'd ever guess it? Daughter in collaboration With the very nation Gave her father the third degree! Where's Daddy? Dead or in the KGB? MOLOKOV (in Russian. FLORENCE Freddie..

[?]

FLORENCE Freddie, it's all my fault....

ANATOLY Miss Vassy has made me realize how wrong I was. Please accept my apology for eating yogurt during the match.

FREDDIE I'm taking no apologies, Sergievsky. This is personal now.

FLORENCE Freddie....

FREDDIE Shut up. The match is on. You be there tomorrow.

MOLOKOV Wonderful. We've all made up.

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(grabs Florence) We're getting the hell out of here.

MOLOKOV I'm telling you, this is big. (pause; to Anatoly) An interesting gambit, my friend.

Scene 9: The Lobby of the International Hotel

FLORENCE Freddie, what kind of a fool do you think I am? Do you think I don't know what he's up to? He's using me to upset you.

FREDDIE And he's doing a very good job.

FLORENCE I promise you that it will never happen again. I've apologized a dozen times. I don't know what else to say. 70

FREDDIE I don't know what else to believe.

(a Bellman approaches)

bellman Miss Vassy.

FLORENCE Yes, what is it?

bellman There's a call for you. You can take it on the house phone.

FREDDIE Go. Take the call. Take it easy, champ, we can't let these cheap psychological ploys get to us like this.

FLORENCE (into phone) This is Florence Vassy. There's a call for me? 71

. nikolai I am also a chess fan.. Mr. please? FREDDIE You're Molokov's assistant. Trumper? I don't quite know how to ask this. FLORENCE 72 .' bellman Miss Vassy? We are delighted to be of service.(Nicolai enters) nikolai Excuse me.. Please write 'to Nikolai. FREDDIE Why don't you give it a shot? nikolai May I have your autograph.

Different worlds. FLORENCE ANATOLY. And please. FLORENCE No. ANATOLY Tell me you won't see me again. don't call me again. That's impossible. why are you calling me here? ANATOLY When can I see you again? FLORENCE ANATOLY. I knew it. There's no future in this. We are from different countries. I knew it from the way you kissed me.Hello? ANATOLY It's me. We must see each other again tonight. Please. (Walter enters) 73 .

FREDDIE He couldn't even wait until you got back to your room. If I didn't know you better. FREDDIE It is hard for me to imagine you getting yourself in this position. wasn't it? FLORENCE We have to keep our minds on the match. I'd say it almost seems like sabotage. FREDDIE. there must be 20. FLORENCE Freddie. he called me. after all. I didn't call him. And I told him I never wanted to see him again. 74 .WALTER You know. we should find somebody to penetrate that market. I swear it.000 Nikolais in the Soviet Union. FREDDIE (to Florence) And who was that? It was him. He is my opponent.

We don't even know each other... what do you think you're doing? (Walter and Freddie exit.....FLORENCE Freddie.. FLORENCE Why did you come here? I can't be seen with you.. ANATOLY [?] You changed my life. ANATOLY 75 .. FREDDIE Florence. FLORENCE You're talking like a crazy man. Anatoly enters) ANATOLY There's no easy way for me to tell you this.

76 . FLORENCE [?] You were confused by someone who has not been kissed in a long time. there's no future in this. I'm falling in love with you. Even if it were possible. [?] You are a courageous woman. FLORENCE I'm not the person you're talking to.we are from different countries. a strong woman. (but she responds to his embrace and eventually. I'm not the person you're talking about.I know that. different worlds. FLORENCE I can't be that woman.. ANATOLY One of you is.. ANATOLY You are. his kiss) Anatoly. Florence..

. you will give me a chance then.ANATOLY I believe you could feel something for me and you have committed yourself right now.... where play resumes after completion of the first draw last weekend.. ANATOLY [?] There's no chance for Trumper! He's finished! (he exits) Scene 10: The Rooftop Ballroom announcer We're here at the World Chess Federation championship. 77 . No early trends as yet. FLORENCE There's no chance for us Anatoly. I saw how he treats you.. Maybe after this match is over and we're no longer opponents. although Trumper.

) ARBITER The score now stands at three victories to one with three draws. ARBITER The score in the World Chess Federation championship now stands at two victories to one..... with one draw..FLORENCE Not to worry.. announcer .. ARBITER On the twentieth day of play the score stands at four victories to one with four 78 .. announcer Entering the second week of the match.. (Cacophony of television and radio commentators..where action has resumed at the World Chess Federation championship. the Soviet's middle game has proved particularly strong. Time and again over the week.. it's Freddie's. we.

"No Contest" WALTER You take care. In today's game. it ain't skill They'll help but not as much as wanting will 79 .draws. you don't let Their shenanigans blind you And you're wrong to forget You've got your country behind you FREDDIE You're a fool if you think you can wave a flag And inspire some dramatic action If I want bad enough then it's in the bag If I don't you're a mere distraction WALTER You taught me baby how the few who win acquire What their hearts desire It ain't practice. Mr. Sergievsky plays white.

FREDDIE No contest. you can't tell. are they safe. but it should be plain These are eyes that are gonna beat you Don't ever tell me I don't know the way to play it 80 . are they even sane? Are they warm when they seem to greet you? You don't know. baby! Pay no mind to reputation You want concentration? When they pick him off the floor It's 'cause I wanted it a little more WALTER You can win. you can lose Take or be a possession You taught me how to choose And the key is obsession (the match resumes) FREDDIE See my eyes.

announcer That's it. you can see it in the eyes. ladies and gentlemen. "So You Got What You Want" FREDDIE 81 . The score now stands at five victories to one in favor of the challenger. ARBITER Mr.Do I have to say it? Doesn't matter what he tries I have him. baby! Barely any point in playing When it's just delaying What we both already know He lost it a woman and a half ago. both No contest. One more victory and Anatoly Sergievsky will be the new chess champion of the world. Trumper has resigned.

(to Florence. FLORENCE You'd be lost without me to abuse 82 . as she starts to exit) So you got what you want What a nasty ambition! Set me up. pull me down Then exploit my condition Who'd ever think it? Such a squalid little ending Watching you descending Just as far as you can go I'm learning Things I didn't want to know FREDDIE and FLORENCE Who'd ever guess That this would be the situation One more observation How'd we ever get this far? Before you showed me What you really are.

Like you used to FREDDIE Go away. FLORENCE Okay. You've almost won. MOLOKOV (in Russian) [?] woman 83 . MOLOKOV (to Anatoly) Let her go. You don't need her now. I'm going back to New York. ANATOLY Get your hands off me. just get out Be someone else's parasite. She has served her purpose.

(all exit the arena. we all deserve a drink.He said. while Freddie replaces the chess pieces on the tournament board) "Pity the Child" FREDDIE When I was nine I learned survival Taught myself not to care I was my single good companion Taking my comfort there Up in my room I planned my conquests On my own -.never asked for a helping hand No one would understand I never asked the pair who fought below Just in case they said no Pity the child who has ambition Knows what he wants to do Knows that he'll never fit the system Others expect him to Pity the child who knew his parents 84 .

and more -.I shut my door Someone to treat her just the same way as before I took the road of least resistance I had my game to play I had the skill.he made it perfectly clear I was a fool and probably queer Fool that I was I thought this would bring Those he had left closer together She made her move the moment he walked away I was the last the woman told She never let her bed get cold Someone moved in -.the hunger Easy to get away Pity the child with no such weapons 85 .Saw their faults.not with a shout I didn't miss him -. saw their love die before his eyes Pity a child that wise He never asked did I cause your distress? Just in case they said yes When I was twelve my father moved out Left with a whimper -.

A crazy thinkg to do Just in case she said 'Who?' Scene 11: The Hotel's Underground Garage WALTER 86 . no escape from the ties that bind Always a step behind I never called to tell her all I'd done I was only her son! Pity the child but not forever Not if he stays that way He can get all he ever wanted If he's prepared to pay Pity instead the careless mother What she missed What she lost when she let me go And I wonder does she know I wouldn't call.No defence.

... From one stateless person to another.. It's not Freddie at all.? WALTER He's defecting. what do you. (Anatoly enters) ANATOLY Hello. FLORENCE Anatoly... WALTER Something astonishing's happened.Florence. If you're here to talk me out of leaving. Florence.. Florence. You checked out before I could leave a name at the front desk. Florence. 87 ..... ANATOLY I hate that word. FLORENCE My flight's in forty minutes. Let's just say I'm moving to a new address. defecting....

I could have. FLORENCE My reasons for leaving are different than yours. FLORENCE Couldn't you have waited one day? ANATOLY Yes. but you could not... you're one victory away from... I've applied to the American Embassy for immigrant status. I have no choice.. WALTER I've got to call some people from immigration.FLORENCE Why now.. I suppose. (he exits) ANATOLY There's very little time. ANATOLY 88 .

You once said we were from different worlds but we are in the same boat now. They need to speak to you on the phone. ANATOLY How strangely life works itself out. (Walter re-enters) WALTER Sergievsky. You have made me realize many things about my country and my life. You are the only future I have left to imagine. ANATOLY Florence. I can't imagine a future without you. FLORENCE Anatoly. Stay right where you are. You said we had no future together. (Walter and Anatoly exit) "Heaven Help My Heart" 89 .Our reasons can't be separated. I must go for a moment. Florence. Don't leave. I can't commit to this. please.

a smile. a touch? One of these days. and it won't be long.FLORENCE If it were love I should give that love every second I have And I do Did I know where he'd lead me to? Did I plan Doing all of this for the love of a man? Well I let it happen anyhow And what I'm feeling now Has no easy explanations Reason plays no part Heaven help my heart I love him too much What if he saw my whole existence Turning around a word. he'll know more about me Than he should All my dreams will be understood No surprise 90 .

Nothing more to learn from the look in my eyes Though I know that time is not my friend I'll fight it to the end Hoping to keep this best of moments When the passions start Heaven help my heart The day that I find Suddenly I've run out of reasons Suddenly I'm not always on his mind. 91 . Florence looks at him) Maybe it's best to love a stranger Well that's what I've done -Heaven help my heart Heaven help my heart. (Anatoly enters and stands upstage. (Florence goes to Anatoly and they embrace. Walter enters) WALTER So the Americans came through.

.FLORENCE So you're in? ANATOLY So I'm out. do you have any children? ANATOLY No. Just a wife. Sounds wonderful. FLORENCE Anatoly. The United States. ANATOLY Temporary visa to the United States of America. She and I.. has your wife got a surprise ahead of her. FLORENCE So here we are.. FLORENCE 92 . WALTER Boy.

ANATOLY Is that all you ever think about? FLORENCE Chess? No. ANATOLY I will expect you to give me inside information on his game. it went wrong between us a long time ago... (she kisses Anatoly) 93 . FLORENCE We'll need a hotel room for that.. FLORENCE So at least I'm not a homewrecker too? I mean as well as being a traitor to the man I worked with for seven years.Don't say anything. ANATOLY Florence.

For the love of his opponent's second. the Soviet. we have our freedom and I have a Bangkok hotel guide. Why now? reporter #2 Why with glasnost? reporter #3 94 . We have our luggage.ANATOLY Well. appears to have defected to the west. Sergievsky. reporter #1 Mr. then. Miss Florence Vassy. Scene 12: The British Embassy announcer Ladies and gentlemen. Just one victory away from the title. ANATOLY Sergievsky. an extraordinary development here at the World Chess Championship. Let's listen in while the couple meets the press.

do you? He promised us a week's postponement. FLORENCE But why call the press? WALTER 95 . how did the media find out? WALTER I called them. FLORENCE Why? WALTER You don't think I helped Sergievsky out of the goodness of my heart.Has your love affair anything to do with the collapse of Freddie Trumper's game. A little time to get Freddie back on his feet. Miss Vassy? ANATOLY Don't answer her! FLORENCE Walter.

"The Reporters" reporters How long was this planned? What made you defect? Did anyone help you? And do you expect To be joined in your exile 96 . I have no further comments. reporter #3 It's such a hopeful time in East-West relations. reporter #4 Is this your way of denouncing perestroika? ANATOLY I denounce nothing. Please. It's not a political gesture.Publicity. why defect now? ANATOLY I am not defecting.

No man. Defection old hat. "Anthem" ANATOLY I denounce nothing! No one. you're leaving your homeland not as a hero.By loved ones such as your wife? Or are you starting again In all aspects of life? [?]Do you intend To finish the match Or have you resigned now And should be attached Any special significance To your [?] THIS DECISION AS FAR AS THE MATCH MOLOKOV Ladies and gentlemen. but as a traitor. The Soviet Union has a completely open emigration policy. no madness 97 . Sergievsky.

my country's heart They rise to fail She is eternal Long before nations lines were drawn When no flags flew. when no armies stood My land was born And you ask me why I love her Through wars. end of act one 98 .Though their sad power may prevail Can possess. death and despair She is the constant.but how? I cross over borders but I'm still there now How can I leave her? Where would I start? Let man's petty nations tear themselves apart My land's only borders lie around my heart. we who don't care And you wonder will I leave her -. conquer.

I have to talk to you. WALTER He saw the whole thing on television. you have to let me in. You have to give me a chance to explain. he's trying to sleep.ACT TWO Scene 1: Freddie's Suite Doorway (Florence bangs on his door) FLORENCE Freddie. FLORENCE Walter. 99 . Open the door. Let me in. Now leave him alone and let him lick his wounds. (Walter answers the door) WALTER Go away Florence. I have to explain. I'm not helping Anatoly. you have to know that. Freddie.

FLORENCE Freddie. we have to find him. He doesn't know Bangkok... FLORENCE He's missing? We have to call the police. nobody knows. We can't afford the publicity. (into phone) 100 . where are you? WALTER No! FLORENCE Where is he? WALTER Since six-thirty last night. WALTER No.. FLORENCE Walter.

He's alone on this one. Florence. WALTER I'm sorry.Masters drop in.Hello. check out and then you Move on to another venue 101 . checkmate. Play. front desk? Get me the American Embassy. Scene 2: Bangkok at Night "One Night in Bangkok" FREDDIE Bangkok! Oriental setting And the city don't know what the city is getting The creme de la creme of the chess world in a Show with everything but Yul Brynner Bangkok! Just another stop in The chess world circus -.

brother chorus It's a drag. polluted. it's really such a pity To be looking at the board. not looking at the city FREDDIE What do you mean? You've seen one crowded.or the Philippines -.Like Iceland -. you've seen-102 . stinking town.or Hastings -or -.this place! chorus One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free You'll find a god in every golden cloister And if you're lucky then the god's a she I can feel an angel sliding up to me FREDDIE One town's very like another When your head's down over your pieces. it's a bore.

chorus Tea. warm. chorus One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble Not much between despair and ecstasy One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble Can't be too careful with your company I can feel the devil walking next to me FREDDIE Siam's gonna be the witness To the ultimate test in cerebral fitness This grips me more than would a 103 . sunshine. girls. sweet Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham Suite FREDDIE Get Thai'd! You're taking to a tourist Whose every move's among the purest I get my kicks above the waistline.

a little history I can feel an angel sliding up to me One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble Not much between despair and ecstasy One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble Can't be too careful with your company I can feel the devil walking next to me 104 .Muddy old river or reclining BUDDHA I don't see you guys rating The kind of mate I'm contemplating I'd let you watch.. I would invite you But the queens we use would not excite you So you'd better go back to your bars. your massage parlors.. your temples. chorus One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free You'll find a god in every golden cloister A little flesh..

We've hardly mentioned chess at all. We'll have the pineapple dessert. Scene 3: A Thai Restaurant man Are you still happy? ANATOLY Very happy. ANATOLY 105 .(Freddie is mugged by a gang of hoodlums) WALTER Freddie! Jesus Christ. FLORENCE The week's postponement has passed so quickly. thank you.

. We are renting a Hertz RentaCar Ford Escort and down the block is not only a Burger King but a Popeye Chicken. I feel as if I'm in America already. man Hello. We are staying at the hotel with a tour group from Buffalo. My only other regret is not meeting you sooner. This is a friend of mine.Conversation has taken the back seat at times. They're Americans now. (a man and woman approach Anatoly. the big change is the nationality of my baby sitters.. no? So no regrets? FLORENCE I regret hurting Freddie. Tolya Sergievsky. His guards grab them) ANATOLY Josef! Let her go. ANATOLY A week has passed and no move from Molokov. Of course. guard #1 They are okay? 106 .

guard #1 Tell him we're sorry. these are good friends from Moscow. guard #2 We have a job to do. ANATOLY (asks in Russian) man (in Russian) 107 . Studied at the [?]. Anatoly. (lots of conversation in Russian) ANATOLY He wants to know why you tried to hurt him.ANATOLY Yes. We're just trying to do it. I tell you. guard #1 Why don't you ask your friends how they got their plane tickets to Bangkok.

May I please enjoy my basic human right of privacy? guard #2 All right. but you're under our supervision while you're in Bangkok. 108 . ANATOLY I don't think I'm going to be kidnapped in the next twenty minutes. Let's leave 'em alone. guard #1 I'm sorry. ANATOLY Svetlana? (discussion in Russian) woman Goodbye.Svetlana's in Bangkok. ANATOLY We want to be alone.

(the Guards exit) ANATOLY (to Florence) My wife is in Bangkok. FLORENCE They've started. ANATOLY This is Molokov's doing. pardner. 109 . isn't it? I always found it strange that you never told me her name.guard #1 Just don't leave town. haven't they? ANATOLY They will stop at nothing to drive me. FLORENCE Her name is Svetlana.

ANATOLY We're not playing a game of chess. Anatoly. ANATOLY I don't love her. FLORENCE Go. FLORENCE You married her. ANATOLY 110 .FLORENCE Are you going to see her? ANATOLY Should I see her. not mine. Florence? FLORENCE This is your move.

"You and I" FLORENCE Just go. This is an all too familiar scene Life imperceptibly coming between Those whose love is as strong as it could or should be ANATOLY Nothing has altered -- FLORENCE -.yet everything's changed ANATOLY No one stands still -- both Still I love you completely and hope I always will 111 .Years ago. You love her.

ANATOLY Why do we need to put love into words? Causing confusion We protest. explain Reassure in vain Come to no conclusion FLORENCE I'd give the world to stay just as we are It's better by far Not to be too wise Not to realize Where there's truth there will be lies You and I We've seen it all both Chasing our hearts desire Yet we go on believing 112 .

(Anatoly leaves Florence and joins Svetlana on a balcony) Scene 4: Svetlana's Suite "You and I" SVETLANA You knew better than me Where your ambitions would take us I knew sooner than you That those ambitions would break us You would not believe me Why should you believe me? I held you back You and your dream 113 .ANATOLY Nothing can harm us This is forever.

Who needs a dream? Who needs ambition? Who'd be the fool In my position? Year after year I'm still denying Anything's changed Many things dying But then -- ANATOLY and SVETLANA You and I We've seen it all Been down this road before But I go on pretending Stories like ours Have happy endings ANATOLY What is left to say? 114 .

but I have never lied to you. SVETLANA But she dresses well. (pause) 115 . Our friends in Moscow were. SVETLANA Is she beautiful? Is she rich? ANATOLY No. but then they had not yet heard the explanation. Svetlana. ANATOLY Is that a question? SVETLANA No.SVETLANA I am not surprised. ANATOLY I have done many things I am not proud of.

116 . ANATOLY Svetlana! Please! (She exits. It is always a pleasure to see my husband. SVETLANA That wasn't what I asked.Are you happy? Is she? ANATOLY Svetlana. Molokov enters) MOLOKOV Things will get worse before they get better. I don't think she would take it from me. ANATOLY I have some money for her. I love her. That wasn't what I wanted to know (pause) It is good to see you again. Maybe you could give it to her.

MOLOKOV Why not wait and see.. Sergievsky. and this is the example you set. Svetlana Ivanova will lose her apartment and your brother. Tens of thousands of young people are trying to build a new Russia. She'll be staying in Bangkok for the rest of the match. ANATOLY I don't think that would be a very good idea. ANATOLY What about my brother? 117 . you have no concept of the gravity of what you have done. It reflects badly on our reforms. MOLOKOV No one cares what you think. ANATOLY With tens of thousands there what does one more matter? MOLOKOV There are people in high places who care very much about the defection of the nation's chess champion.. If you continue on your present course..

Sergievsky. He and his wife will have to find a smaller apartment soon. And I am voting with my people. And your brother's son--how old is he? ANATOLY I want to live in peace.MOLOKOV There is a housing shortage in Rybinsk. Only not as fast as you think. ANATOLY How long have you known me? How long have you watched me play chess? What makes you think I'm going to back down now? Your tactics are from another era. And Svetlana's brother--suddenly there will be no room for him at the medical school. Molokov. 118 . the world is changing. is he? ANATOLY Why can't you leave us alone? MOLOKOV As you say. We are building democracy in our country now. I want to leave this room with your promise to return to Moscow when this match is over. MOLOKOV Five.

You've taken on a most unpleasant enemy. (They both exit the room. The scene shifts to a small bridge outside) Scene 5: Bangkok Waterfront "Where I Want to Be"/ "You and I" (reprise) FREDDIE Who needs a dream? Who needs ambition? Who'd be the fool In my position? Once I had dreams Now they're obsessions Hopes become needs 119 .MOLOKOV One little move affecting so many people's lives.

FREDDIE 120 . Freddie. FREDDIE The Bridge Over the River Kwai. Thanks for seeing me.Lovers possessions But then (Florence enters) FREDDIE and florence You and I We've seen it all Been down this road before But we go on pretending florence Stories like ours Have happy endings. FLORENCE Actually. it's the [?]. Not a bad spot for a midnight rendezvous.

Seven years is a long time. Who am I to disappoint an old friend?

FLORENCE You played well today.

FREDDIE I played all right. Your man stank.

FLORENCE He had some nice moves during the exchange of knights.

FREDDIE He stank for forty-three moves, then he lost.

FLORENCE He did stink, didn't he?

FREDDIE You've obviously not been helping him much with his game.

FLORENCE How are your bruises?

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FREDDIE You mean the ones on my face? (pause) I guess you could say I hit bottom, Florence. And I found out the bottom's not so bad when you get right down to it, really. I'm like a cat that always lands on its feet.

FLORENCE We're survivors, aren't we?

FREDDIE Live and learn. Isn't that the Russians' saying?

FLORENCE Freddie, I need a favor.

FREDDIE I can't wait for this.

FLORENCE The Soviets want him back. They're making terrible threats against his family. They've even flown his wife in from Moscow.

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FREDDIE How awkward for you.

FLORENCE This problem is serious, Freddie. You and I have nothing to do with it. He's asked for one postponement already. He can't ask for another.

FREDDIE So you want me to ask for one?

FLORENCE Only for a week. Just enough time for him to get back on his feet. Like he gave you.

FREDDIE I really gotta hand it to you, Florence. Now I know why you are the best chess second in the business. He's beaten, isn't he?

FLORENCE He lost today for reasons having nothing to do with his game.

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Do it for me. FREDDIE I think I know already. babe. Because I'm asking. 124 .So what if I did ask? There's no guarantee the Arbiter would accept. Because you asked. FLORENCE Someday I'd like to explain why all this happened. But when he gets back. Freddie. FLORENCE I know. I don't want anybody saying I beat a man who was beaten already. FREDDIE You got it. FLORENCE I know. I want his best game because I plan to stage the greatest comeback in the history of world championship play. And when I retain my title. FREDDIE There'd have to be a hell of a reason. Try.

he's got a week to get his act together.. It just did. Freddie. Scene 5: The Arbiter's Suite announcer Events are unfolding with blinding speed here at the World Chess Championship.. the first since Anatoly Sergievsky's stunning defection to the West a 125 .do you promise to tell him what I'm about to say? FLORENCE Yes. FREDDIE I guess I should have paid a little more attention. At yesterday's game. Anyway. I promise. FREDDIE You tell him the legend is back. I wasn't looking for it to happen.FLORENCE I fell in love with him. And then you tell him for me.

Ever since. I've had these splitting headaches.week ago. 126 . We've just received word that Frederick Trumper is arriving now. I had an unfortunate encounter with 12 or 14 hoodlums in the back streets of Bangkok. Now it doesn't seem unreasonable to me that if my opponent can get a week's postponement. hasn't this match had enough distractions already? FREDDIE A week or so ago. Let's put the pedal to the metal. that I can't get the same. FREDDIE Good morning everybody. ARBITER You appear in fine fettle. I trust we can keep this brief. Trumper. Mr. Trumper. Yet here we are. Frederick Trumper. FREDDIE I need a week's postponement. ARBITER Mr. outside the Arbiter's suite awaiting a surprise public meeting between the Arbiter and the champion. produced a smashing victory for the American.

I will retire to deliberate. reporter #1 Freddie. tell me Make my day. he beat you five straight.ARBITER From you I have come to expect the unexpected. why ask for a postponement now? reporter #2 You creamed the guy the last game. reporter #3 Aren't you afraid he'll return to form? reporter #4 After all. tell me You got it wrong 127 . "What a Scene" (reprise) FREDDIE And I say.

O.He's washed up And it's me in pole position Spread the news.R. give me a buzz. S. kids no more questions. flyin' high Working on his demolition I know that I got him now But all they want is a show Well that's all right. tell them It's a cruise. (Freddie and the Reporters exit) 128 . tell them I'm on a rolL.R. Walter.O. I'll be glad to oblige S. (the Reporters react) FREDDIE Sorry.. when the decision comes down. I feel a migraine coming on.

this letter. For obvious reasons... we want him back! WALTER No promises Molokov. [?] You would be just the man to steer them. (he holds a letter out to Walter) This letter contains a study of financial opportunities for the American Chess interests in my country. Our commercial offering to the West.have. We are aware that you have certain 'friends' in Washington. MOLOKOV My dear DeCourcey.' We don't care whether Sergievsky wins or loses. But in the words of President Bush. this is a moment to be coy.MOLOKOV (to Walter) You're not impressed. So I. I cannot contact them directly. I'll see what I can do.. WALTER Sounds like a must-read. WOMAN Attention please. We tried every tactic in the book. a proposition. I am being held personnaly responsible for this debacle.... for the Arbiter's announcement. I'll put it on top of my stack. 'read my lips. 129 . DeCourcey..

Trumper claims to be suffering from headaches as the result of a beating. DeCourcey.ARBITER Mr. here are two aspirin and a glass of water. THE MODERN GAME WAS BORN 130 . "Story of Chess" (reprise) Each game of chess Means there's one less Variation left to be played Each day got through Means one or two Less mistakes remain to be made King and queen and rook And bishop. I suggest your man take them before the game tomorrow. knight and pawn ALL TOOK ON THE LOOK We know TODAY. Request for postponement denied. His convincing victory in game eight suggests to me that he has fully recovered from his injuries. Mr.

You were right. Trumper's stream of victories is continuing. five for Mr. 131 . One more victory on either side will produce a world title. ARBITER Mr. announcer The battle of Bangkok has continued to dominate headlines around the world. Trumper with four draws. Match game even. Walter. Both camps have maintained a stony silence since the resumption of play. then give me a call. By then. They're ready to talk about Sergievsky ben Good work. So you've got a game. Trumper's win today leaves the score at five wins for Mr. Sergievsky's play seems half-hearted. Sergievsky.WALTER Ben. Just give me a few hours to handle my own deal with Molokov. Sergievsky's Minzoleanian [?] defense has once again failed to produce results. What are they asking for? WALTER I don't want to get involved in the negotiations. TV ratings for the chess game have skyrocketed. Ever since the love match and defection of Florence Vassy and Anatoly Sergievsky. I'd say this game is history. Trumper's bold aggressiveness has begun to pay off. Moscow will be ready to rock and roll.

Scene 7: A Bar in the International Hotel "I Know Him So Well" FLORENCE Nothing is so good it lasts eternally Perfect situations must go wrong But this has never yet prevented me Wanting far too much for far too long Looking back I could have played it differently Learned a little more before I fell (Svetlana enters and sits at the opposite end) But it took time to understand the man Now at least I know I know him well Wasn't it good? 132 .

SVETLANA Oh so good FLORENCE Wasn't he fine? SVETLANA Oh so fine FLORENCE Isn't it madness? both He can't be mine? FLORENCE But in the end he needs a little bit more than me More security SVETLANA He needs his fantasy and freedom 133 .

FLORENCE I know him so well SVETLANA No one in your life is with you constantly No one is completely on your side And though I move my world to be with him Still the gap between us is too wide Looking back I could have played it differently FLORENCE Looking back I could have played it some other way SVETLANA Won a few more moments. who can tell? FLORENCE I was just a little careless maybe SVETLANA But I was ever so much younger then 134 .

FLORENCE Now at least I know him well

SVETLANA Now at least

both I know I know him well

SVETLANA Wasn't it good?

FLORENCE Oh so good

SVETLANA Wasn't he fine?

FLORENCE Oh so fine

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SVETLANA Isn't it madness

both He won't be mine? Didn't I know how it would go? If I knew from the start Why am I falling apart?

SVETLANA Wasn't it good? Wasn't he fine

FLORENCE Isn't it madness

both He won't be mine?

FLORENCE But in the end he needs a little bit more than me -More security 136

SVETLANA He needs his fantasy and freedom

FLORENCE I know him so well

SVETLANA It took time to understand him

(Florence moves closer to Svetlana)

both I know him so well.

FLORENCE You're Svetlana, aren't you?

SVETLANA You must be Florence.

FLORENCE 137

I was just waiting here for.. even with me. The phone rings at four a.m. Perhaps willpower would be a better term. You will say that I have selfish reasons for telling you this. Miss Vassy. You are only the first woman he has defected for. but you must know.. I remember the first year we went together. SVETLANA I was just thinking how interesting it would be to accidentally run into my husband's mistress.. SVETLANA Anatoly is familiar with waiting in lines.. He's been gone all afternoon. 138 . He's followed in the street by men neither of us recognize.but then you are not interested in that. Anatoly's a hopeless romantic. SVETLANA Forgive me.. He's becoming distracted and paranoid. How is Anatoly? FLORENCE He's been trying to get immigrant status at the embassy for days. Fortunately he has always had tremendous patience.. You are not his first love affair.. but there have been others before you.. What kind word are you expecting of me? FLORENCE Anatoly's at the American Embassy.

It could have been much. So are his parents. SVETLANA If there was. Don't worry. Then he vanished. much worse. then your love would not be worth much. SVETLANA (in Russian) 139 .FLORENCE There's nothing you could do or say that would shake my love for Anatoly. would it? Anatoly! (Anatoly enters. goes to the bar) ANATOLY Scotch! FLORENCE Are you all right? I thought you'd be here hours ago. ANATOLY A strange man came up to me on the street just now and said my brother's son has been burnt in an accident. he said. he's only very frightened.

Svetlana. Goodbye. ANATOLY Another! Those bastards. SVETLANA You're welcome. Meanwhile. Anatoly. call my brother in Rybinsk. (in Russian) [?] I'm sorry. only to be sent 140 . ANATOLY Thank you.[?] ANATOLY Yes. (in Russian) [?] SVETLANA I will go back to my hotel and make a call. I appreciate this favor tremendously. I will be going now. Miss Vassy. They won't leave us alone. the Americans don't seem to want me at all. this is important. Florence. Three hours today I spent in that visa line.

We can't watch your family being hurt because of something we did. none of this would be happening. 141 .to another line where someone's out to lunch. FLORENCE Anatoly. If it weren't for our love for each other. Two more hours I wait only to be told soand-so is now ill and won't be back today. ANATOLY What was Svetlana doing here? What did she tell you? She's the only person they can use to get me. ANATOLY Florence. My father died fighting the enemies you're fighting now. We'll start a campaign in the media. And everything to do with where I come from. my problems have nothing to do with us. We won't let them intimidate us like this. there's no one you should trust more than me. FLORENCE Tell me what you want me to do and I'll do it. FLORENCE But you're not in the Soviet Union any more.

I love you. Scene 8: A Buddhist Temple WALTER Nice. Florence. I am in the West now.. flash those pearlies. First. this is my shoot. For too long I've let them run my life. Freddie.. We must move on together. Great.keep moving. Any chance we can get him up against that Buddha? photographer Get lost. (Anatoly enters) 142 . Freddie. there is something I must do alone. (he exits) FLORENCE I love you too..ANATOLY You're right. pal..fine. wonderful.

WALTER Of course. ANATOLY At the hotel. ANATOLY 143 . No pictures. FREDDIE He didn't come to have his picture taken.FREDDIE Sergievsky. (Anatoly grabs her camera) photographer Hey! Give me that. they told me I could find you here. ANATOLY We must talk alone.

ANATOLY Unfortunately. I don't plan on backing into this title. 144 . FREDDIE Wait a minute. FREDDIE Do tell. I cannot allow this to continue. ANATOLY You were with Florence for the better part of seven years? I thought you of all people would understand. Hey. This is why I won't be playing in the match tomorrow. come back here. You are a great champion. My own government has chosen to harass my family and friends at home. Sergievsky. We want to stay together after the match. FREDDIE Congratulations on retaining your title.Florence and I are in love. I do not seem to be able to travel freely in the West.

wasn't it? She told you to forfeit the match. give it your best shot. ANATOLY I would want your best game. ANATOLY You don't understand! The rest of the world is just like America! Freddie. Maybe someday. do not do it.FREDDIE If you walk out. FREDDIE Yes. ANATOLY I have no choice. you won't be able to live with yourself. man. You could try to beat me tomorrow. FREDDIE This was Florence's idea. FREDDIE 145 . what? Gorbachev wouldn't welcome home the world's top player? Go for it man. well I am telling you. too. the only way Florence and I can stay together is if we disappear. you do.

aren't you? You don't think you can beat me.You're afraid. we're back in Bangkok. God dammit! WALTER This is awful. America. When we started all this. Trumper. After exactly one month of head-to-head 146 . FREDDIE Who's us? Scene 9: The Rooftop Ballroom announcer Good morning. Thailand. it never occurred to us he'd back out of the game. ANATOLY Goodbye. FREDDIE Sergievsky! Tell her she doesn't have to stay with a loser. where it's sudden death here in the World Chess Championships.

. The next man to win a game becomes chess champion of the world. is nowhere to be found. it's winner take all. ARBITER's assistants Did you make it clear There are no exceptions? ARBITER And these rules are the same 147 . "Endgame" ARBITER's assistants Did you make it clear That he has to be here? Does he understand There are no exceptions? ARBITER How straightforward the game When all it's rules are respected. But the big news: minutes before the big game. the challenger..competition. the former Soviet Anatoly Sergievsky.

148 .. mOLOKOV Do you think he cares What it's gonna cost him? WALTER .. Molokov and delegates enter) ARBITER'S ASSISTANTS Do you think he knows What it's gonna cost him? WALTER Does the player exist In any human endeavor.. no dice.Who's been known to resist Sirens of fame and POSSESSIONS? Threaten to cut off supplies and he'll come out to play. no exceptions.For a champion or for a novice No show. no appeal. no way! (Walter..

chorus He's a broken man Good as back in Moscow nikolai It's the weak who extol Tawdry untruths about freedom.... nikolai . ben 149 . chorus What a way to learn Home is where the heart is..Prostituting the soul Chasing some spurious starlight Trinkets in airports sufficient to lead them astray chorus Selfish little creep Everybody suffers.

. We don't see the jerk Even coming second... chorus Selfish little creep Everybody suffers. We are all aware of reputation But one empty chair is condemnation Of a man who blew it scuttled with dishonor 150 . ben . chorus Selfish little creep Everybody suffers.That the late Mister "S" Has better chances of winning The Kentucky Derby than taking this title today.I'm no expert in chess But hazard this prognostication..

the tears The late. the sweat. Florence and Svetlana join the group) 151 .No one gives a damn For his dilemma Just another scam We're sick of them. a Pretty bleak display From Russia's PRIMA DONA We can hardly begin to Imagine why he'd risk all he's put into His calling through the years The blood. (Anatoly enters after a long pause. late nights the early starts The bad guy's gone and won their hearts Is he still in bed? Or in the shower? Even if he's dead They won't allow a Man to show up after the appointed hour. shakes hands with Freddie and they start to play.

some are fools And others blind To see in me One of their kind FREDDIE So he's gonna fight This situation Where's my appetite For concentration Why is he so focused When my thoughts are straying? 152 .ANATOLY They all think they see a man Who doesn't know Which move to make Which way to go Whose private life Caused his decline Wrecked his grand design Some are vicious.

hysterics Who don't pay attention to What goes on around them They leave the ones they touch the way they found them A normal person must Dismiss you with disgust And weep for those who trusted you ANATOLY Nothing you have said Is revelation 153 .Looking at this man It's her I'm seeing Once my greatest fan And now her being His still gets to me And screws the way I'm playing SVETLANA Here I see a man caring About a minor sporting triumph. sharing A show with esoterics. Paranoids.

To chess! FREDDIE At last! He's made a mistake! ANATOLY I cannot go on hurting all the people who have trusted me FREDDIE He will not escape from here! ANATOLY Well here we are -The final stages of a soul-destroying game The sacrifice of someone I will never find again 154 .Take my blues as read My consolation Finding out at last My one true obligation.

FREDDIE ANATOLY Check! Never! Check! Never! Check! Never! Check! Never! Check! Never! chorus Listen to them shout! They saw you do it In their minds no doubt That you've been through it Suffered for your art but In the end a winner ANATOLY There is nothing more to do No hope. no way To save the game. The end of play! So I lose today And tomorrow -- 155 .

announcer We're here in Bangkok as Freddie Trumper wins the world chess championship in just the greatest comeback the sport has ever seen.... Frederick Trumper retains his world chess title in a match with as much drama as any in living memory.. Already the world is screaming for a rematch between the American legend and the unheralded Soviet who defected just one victory away from the title and never won another game.we have a few moments before that event.the valiant defeated challenger has disappeared.. 156 . DELEGATES/ARBITER'S ASSISTANTS THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR AMERICAN CHESS announcer (on screens) There you have it. ladies and gentlemen...we take you mpw live to Washington for reaction from the capital... Antoly Sergievsky has failed to follow the champion into the hotel lobby for the post-match press conference.ARBITER Frederick Trumper of the United States retains his world chess title. This just in.

I never imagined I would come back to Bangkok at all. We can only be friends.Scene 10: Bangkok International Airport (Svetlana and Anatoly sit several seats apart in the waiting room) SVETLANA . But we must be friends always. dirty taxi windshields and the inside of hotel rooms. then: 157 . ANATOLY There can be nothing between us.. Perhaps we two can find a new beginning. ANATOLY You have been extraordinarily [?] SVETLANA Perhaps things can be different between us now. (Svetlana gets up and starts to leave. But then.Only crowded streets. Tolya..

I thought you chould take it home with you. I realized I am a chess player. I brought you a going away present. (she hands Anatoly a small box. No one felt frightened at home. Florence. I forgot to tell you. When I called your brother. The conspiracy you imagined was only a fantasy. Yesterday before the match I found Freddie and told him but I couldn't tell you. It's handcarved marble. ANATOLY I love you. (Svetlana exits) FLORENCE I almost didn't come. You know that. (Florence enters from the opposite side) I will see you on board. I thought who would I be in your life? In the morning. As I lay there watching you sleep. I'm not very good at goodbyes. he told me nothing has happened to little Mischa at all. which he opens) A white queen. It's grown impossible 158 . Times continue to change.SVETLANA Oh.

can't we see each other again? "You and I" (reprise) You could not give me More than you gave me I don't know why I'm standing by Watching this happen Why should there be something in me Still discontented? 159 . Anatoly goes to her) ANATOLY Florence. I understand that.any more than I could ask you to come to Moscow with me... (she turns away. FLORENCE You're changing your life.for me to play chess in the West.

FLORENCE I won't look back anymore And if I do -.just for a moment ANATOLY I can't imagine a time when I won't care both But here we are today. and it's over Hold me and tell me We'll meet again Why is it over? You and I We've seen it all Chasing our hearts' desire But we go on pretending (Anatoly breaks away from her and exits. Molokov enters) MOLOKOV 160 .

On a personal note. it's only his faithful second. I'm happy to say.No. Apartments in Moscow are as scarce as hen's teeth. (Molokov exits and Walter enters) WALTER 161 . Sergievsky returns to Moscow a hero. let me say. Therefore I have been given the opportunity to hold a seat for you on this airplane. Despite his loss. I can also provide you with your own apartment in Moscow if you so desire. FLORENCE Does this make me Anatoly's mistress or the mistress of the Soviet Union? MOLOKOV It has been a genuine pleasure. It is a profound thing to see a man sacrifice his great love for the sake of his chess-playing sanity. I hope you will take the offer. FLORENCE What does the future hold for him now? MOLOKOV Bright prospects. A rematch with Trumper is a real possibility. Miss Vassy. Florence.

you wouldn't listen anyhow And what I'm feeling now Has no easy explanation Hasn't this been a great achievement? Losing your man and nothing in return! 162 .So in the end our hero won Surprised us all -He played as well as he has ever done FLORENCE No surprise WALTER And Anatoly's going back to the Soviet Union Seems unable to win Despite the added thrill of changing sides (pause) Don't you have a single word to say? FLORENCE No.

Florence. Funny. FLORENCE What was the gambit. Something you just didn't see. Our side agreed to make Sergievsky's life miserable in the West and they agreed to some kind of trade-off.WALTER We knew the Russians would offer a gambit sooner or later. or concession or something. Wake up Florence. a lot bigger games were going on. isn't it? Sergievsky thought the Soviets were pulling him home and actually it was us that was driving him away. While you were playing out your fantasies. FLORENCE Who told you this? WALTER 163 . Walter? That Anatoly and I would fall in love? WALTER Actually. there was an exchange. FLORENCE What are you talking about? WALTER The Russians and the Americans cut a deal.

. I'm just a businessman. Oh.What do you mean.Trumper-Sergievsky II. Maybe you need his. He knows now that he needs you. FLORENCE You son of a bitch! You Judas! What did you get out of this? WALTER Access to the biggest chess market in the world.. Walter. Who knows? Maybe they'll even let me produce the rematch. FLORENCE Does Freddie know about this? WALTER You and I know Freddie's not much good for anything but pushing pieces around a chess board. He's waiting outside in the limo. Russia. I can't do everything for him. Freddie doesn't expect everything to be like it was. FLORENCE Bring me my luggage.. who told me? I brokered the deal. I took the liberty of having your luggage packed.. is he? Come on. Florence. I hope you don't mind. He needs your inspiration. I set Molokov up with a couple of friends in mine in Washington.. 164 .

WALTER What do you need it in here for? FLORENCE Bring me my luggage and get out of my sight. Do you hear me? Get out of my sight! "Someone Else's Story" Long ago In someone else's lifetime Someone with my name Who looked a lot like me Came to know A man and made a promise He only had to say And that's where she would be Lately although the feelings run just as deep The promise she made has grown impossible to keep And yet I wish it wasn't so Will he miss me if I go? 165 .

I will be In someone else's story 166 .In a way It's someone else's story I don't see myself As taking part at all Yesterday The girl that I was fond of Finally could see The writing on the wall Sadly She realized she'd left him behind And sadder than that she knew he wouldn't even mind And though there's nothing more to say Would he listen If I stay? It's all very well to say 'You fool it's now or never' I could be choosing No choices whatsoever.

the girl is me The story is. she takes it without a word and exits) *The End* 167 . the girl is me (Freddie brings in her luggage.In someone else's life And he could be in mine I don't see A reason to be lonely I should take my chances Further down the line But if that girl I knew Should ask my advice Oh I wouldn't hesitate She needn't ask me twice Go now! I'd tell her that for free Trouble is.

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