Puzzles & games


First among equals

In recent years, the battle for the number two spot in the world rankings has resembled the gentle undulation of a lava lamp. Players rise and fall, and others take their place. I counted 11 different players who have occupied that spot over the past decade, all while Magnus Carlsen sits at the apex. The

Chess puzzle

No. 756

White to play. Canal – NN, Simultaneous exhibition, 1934. Black has just castled queenside, in a game sometimes referred to as the ‘Peruvian Immortal’. Which move did Canal play to take advantage? Answers should be emailed to chess@spectator.co.uk by Monday 19 June. There is a prize of £20 for the first correct answer out of



2609: Hard work

One unclued light (2 words) labels the others (two of 3 words and one of 5 words, each spread across two entries).         Across 10    If I could cut down showing contempt for Shakespeare … (4) 14    Dispute what stroke does? (3) 15    We should explain coda? (8) 17    They don’t fly about when filled

Crossword solution