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Black to play. This position is from Drozdowski-Tay, 2014. Black played 1 ... Qg6 which was good enough to win but what would have been quicker? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 27 February 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 Qxe5 (after 1 ... Qxe5 2 Nxf7+ wins)

Last week’s winner Oliver Cleaver, Broadhembury, Devon