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Black to play. This is from Topalov-Carlsen, Côte d’Ivoire 2019. How did the world champion finish off? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 21 May 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 ... Rxd6 (2 exd6 Be1+)

Last week’s winner Joseph Penson, Chester