no. 555
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White to play. This position is from Dubov-Giri, Moscow 2019. How did White conclude with a fine blow that forced a quick checkmate? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 28 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 ... Rxf5

Last week’s winner D.V. Jones, Caereinion, Powys