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No. 653

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White to play, Jones–Dominguez, New in Chess Classic, April 2021. Gawain Jones was hoping that his rook and pawn would cordon off Black’s king indefinitely. But here, at move 125, a surprising opportunity arose. What move should White have played? Email answers to chess@spectator.co.uk by Monday 17 May. 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 Rh8! Kf6 2 g8=N mate

Last week’s winner John Brown, Rolleston on Dove, Staffordshire

Written byLuke McShane

Luke McShane is chess columnist for The Spectator.

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