After the draw for the first round, the RAC, traditionally the strongest chess players in Pall Mall, made plans for their first-round match against Simpson's own team. The Strand restaurant has, it is rumoured, recruited a powerful group of grandmaster and master ringers to boost their chances. "We'll play the match out of town at 9 o'clock on a Sunday morning," an RAC schemer confided to me. "That'll sort them out."
Sadly, the rules for the competition do not include the mandatory comsumption of cognac during the games. A tot per pawn captured, perhaps, and a bottle for a queen. Now that really would sort them out.