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Chess masters show virtues of a slower pace of sport

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Sometimes sport is at its most tense when it is at its most still – in those micro‑lulls before world title fights as the protagonists coil in their corners, awaiting the bell, and adrenaline and testosterone races through the crowd like white water; between the purse of a referee’s lips and the first step in a shootout; before the starter’s pistol shatters the hush of an Olympic 100m final; and, yes, when the world chess champion is hunched over the board, brain scurrying back and forth through innumerable tunnels of calculation looking for a clear path to victory.

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Sunderland's Victor Anichebe with manager David Moyes

Victor Anichebe thrives after being given fresh lease of life at Sunderland

Victor Anichebe flew to Los Angeles in May and spent the next three months soaking up the California sunshine. The 28-year-old striker had just been released by West Bromwich Albion after what can politely be put as an unproductive, non‑scoring season under Tony Pulis and Premier League clubs were not exactly queuing up for his services.