Luke McShane

No. 594

No. 594
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Black to play. Puranik–Sjugirov, another spectacular game played at the Aeroflot Open. Puranik was perhaps counting on 1…Rc1 2 Qa3 Bd2 3 Qb2! threatening mate on g7. Sjugirov found a much more powerful move. What was it? Answers to ‘Chess’ at The Spectator by Tuesday 10 March or via email to There is a prize of £20 for the first correct answer out of a hat. Please include a postal address.

Last week’s solution 1 Re8+! Rxe8 2 bxa5 Rxc4 3 Kxc4 with a winning endgame

Last week’s winner Ilya Iyengar, Amersham, Bucks