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"The championship. It's like a show trial. When two Russians are competing in Moscow, you don't think Moscow is incapable of controlling who wins, do you? Kasparov had to lose so that the Americans would think that off-the-wall moves wouldn't work with them. You know, there are ways of fixing a chess match."
"Now wait a minute. You're saying that...."
"I'm saying that at first the Russians were afraid that Bobby Fischer would show up in Moscow and not only beat Karpov and Kasparov simultaneously but also rook the Russians out of all their warheads. But then they realized that America would never pull something like that. For this reason: It would mean that, while the U.S. would no longer have to deal with Moscow, it would have to deal with Fischer."
"Well, I guess that makes sense."
"So here's the Russians' thinking: If the U.S. wasn't planning to pull some kind of too-interesting ploy involving Bobby Fischer, then it must involve baseball. That's what Gromyko told them, and how were they going to argue with him?"
"So here's what the Russians were trying to avert by squelching Kasparov's imaginative leaps. Gromyko had told them that the U.S. would drop a bombshell at the arms talks by offering to exchange Billy Martin for...."
"Wait a minute! This is crazy! This is ridiculous! Did Gromyko tell you this?"
"Who did, then?"