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No. 660

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White to play. So–Vachier-Lagrave, Paris, June 2021. The queen on e7 can be taken, but Black’s last move was …Rd8, counterattacking White’s queen. Which move did White play to expose the flaw in this idea? Answers should be emailed to chess@spectator.co.uk by Monday 5 July. 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 Nfd7+! Rxd7 2 Nxe6+ wins the Black queen, or, 1…Kg7 2 Qxf7+ Kh6 3 Rf6 wins.

Last week’s winner Robin Murfin, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Written byLuke McShane

Luke McShane is chess columnist for The Spectator.

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