Puzzles & games


Bridge | 7 July 2016

The magnificent English Ladies have won another gold medal at the Europeans in Budapest. They have won medals in the past six Euro and world championships making them the most successful team we have ever had and one of the best of all time. They were lying third with one day to go. The team


Korchnoi’s French

As we bid farewell to the great Viktor Korchnoi, it is worth pointing out that he was one of those rare players who at various times held a diversity of national titles. His record included winning the championships of the USSR, the Netherlands and finally Switzerland. I conclude my tribute to him this week with one


The colour purple

In Competition No. 2955 you were invited to supply a report on a Uefa Euro 2016 match written in the florid style beloved of some sportswriters. There was some inspired awfulness on display this week. How about this, from Mike Morrison: ‘The craven defence unravelled like cartoon knitwear, enabling Dottirdottir, the archetype of stoic strategy,


2268: In state

The unclued lights (two of two words) are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer among other reference books. Elsewhere, ignore one grave accent.   Across 1    Complete support for defender (8) 6    Wan painting child’s vehicle (6) 11    Novice leads the experts, then ties (5) 14    Calm meeting in silence (6) 16    Slight, and slightly

Crossword solution

To 2265: POURING

The unclued lights Across are CATS and the unclued lights Down are DOGS.   First prize John Kitchen, Breachwood Green, Herts Runners-up Matthew Hudson, Stoneleigh, Surrey; Patrick Tremlett, Nedlands, Western Australia


No. 416

White to play. This is from Kasparov-Alonso, Simultaneous Display, Moenchengladbach 2016. How did White conclude his attack? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 12 July or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk or by fax on 020 7681 3773. There is a prize of £20 for the first correct answer out of a hat. Please