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Black to play. This position is from Gurgenidze-Tal, Moscow 1957. What is the most direct way to break into the white position? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 25 September 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 ... Qc1+

Last week’s winner Peter Hickling, Cromer, Norfolk