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Black to play. This is from Carlsen-Anand, Riyadh Rapid 2017. The needle clash from the Rapid was Anand’s destruction of Carlsen. What was Black’s key move? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 16 January or via email to There is a prize of £20 for the first correct answer out of a hat. Please include a postal address and allow six weeks for prize delivery.

Last week’s solution 1 … Qxc6

Last week’s winner Malcolm Burn, Tuffley, Gloucester