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I SHOULD like to thank Jon Beer for cheer­ing me up with his ar­ti­cle “Chess cham­pi­ons” [T&S, March]. I caught my first trout in the River Chess over 50 years ago and not hav­ing even seen the river for nearly 40 years I had as­sumed that it had met the same fate as the other Hert­ford­shire/buck­ing­hamshire chalk­streams, vic­tims of Lon­don’s in­sa­tiable thirst. But now, thanks to Jon, I know that it’s still there and, judg­ing by the pic­tures, look­ing as pretty as ever. Not only that, it has up­winged flies and trout and shows all the signs of a healthy stream. The story of the preser­va­tion of the Chess has made me very happy. Ed­win Oxlade, Belfast

The River Chess is sur­viv­ing, de­spite ab­strac­tion in the Chilterns.

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