Luke McShane

No. 595

No. 595
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Black to play. Tomashevsky–Lomasov, Nutcracker Battle of the Generations, Moscow 2020. A position with a surprising twist. Tomashevsky has just captured a bishop on b7. What is Black’s best response? Answers to ‘Chess’ at The Spectator by Tuesday 17 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 and allow six weeks for prize delivery.

Last week’s solution 1…Rxf1+! 2 Kxf1 Bh3+ 3 Kg1 Nd4! 4 Qxc3 Ne2+ 5 Kh1 Bg2 mate.

Last week’s winner Peter Skelly, Bedford