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Chess setup for "How Many Women" 
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Post Chess setup for "How Many Women"
So anyone familiar with the Broadway book- in the scene for "How Many Women", Florence traps Freddie with a series of moves that she apparently learned from someone who saw Sergievsky escape from it in an older chess match.

Anyone know if there's any info on if there was ever a decided notion to what that set-up is, or if there's a real-life precedent it's referencing? The script is frustratingly vague on this point and it seems like it's the sort of thing that should be specified for amateur productions- what exactly the moves are beyond "pawn down, Freddie moves the bishop, Florence moves the knight".


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Post Re: Chess setup for "How Many Women"
Sorry for the delay. The setup is pretty much the same in the London book as well, but basically Florence is sick of the publicity regarding her relationship with Anatole, who wants to solely focus on chess. More importantly, this sets up “I Know Him So Well” because “How Many Women” ends with Anatole calling his wife.

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Post Re: Chess setup for "How Many Women"
I am assuming that you are asking about how the pieces are arranged on the board? She mentions that it's a move Korchnoi used, but I suspect that is simply a nod by Nelson to Korchnoi being one of the inspirations for Anatoly.


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Post Re: Chess setup for "How Many Women"
Yeah, how the pieces are arranged. I suppose I could look up matches with the moves specified, though I doubt it'd turn up anything specific (does she mention it's Korchnoi? I just remember her being taught by someone who saw it in a "Sergievsky match", don't remember anything more specific than that).


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Post Re: Chess setup for "How Many Women"
Yeah, you are right. I think I saw the reference to Korchnoi in a production, but it is not in the script.


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Post Re: Chess setup for "How Many Women"
The actual chess moves were never published. I think there might have been one or two of the actual games from the London production in Hartston's Chess: the Making of the Musical, but on Broadway you never saw the actual board, so it was immaterial.

Anyway - the important move is KG3+ ! (or possibly ... KG3+ ! - it's not clear if Freddie is playing black or white.)

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