Puzzles & games


Bridge | 15 September 2016

The 15th World Bridge Games (formerly known as the Olympiad) began on 3 September in Wroclaw, and is providing more thrills than Captain Poldark’s ever-disappearing shirt, which I fear is in danger of being written out altogether. In the Open section, three groups of 17 teams played a full round robin within their group, the


Chinese puzzle

As I write, the final results of the Baku Olympiad are still not in. England are fighting for a possible medal position. The highlight so far was our 3-1 victory against the defending gold medallists, China. The most spectacular game was Nigel Short’s complicated victory, which I analyse this week.   Li Chao-Short: Baku Olympiad 2016; Nimzo-Indian


Selfie | 15 September 2016

In Competition No. 2965, an enormously popular one, you were invited to write a poem about a verse form, written in that form. It was Edna St Vincent Millay’s sonnet-about-the-sonnet ‘I will put Chaos into fourteen lines’ that inspired this challenge but there are other similar examples — Robert Burns’s fine ‘A Sonnet upon Sonnets’,


2278: Will alterations

Across clues contain a definition and a jumble of the answer. In each row of the grid, a Shakespearean character is hiding, disguised by one letter. In one instance, the character does not occupy a whole entry — and in that instance the character is also hiding in the previous row. The disguises add up

Crossword solution

to 2275: Frame of reference

Corrections of misprints in clues give CHAMBERS DICTIONARY, defining the items in the perimeter.   First prize David Heath, Euston, Newark Runners-up E.C. Wightman, Menston, Ilkley, W. Yorks; E. Hogg, London SW13


no. 426

White to play. This position is a variation from Li Chao-Short, Baku Olympiad 2016. White has various ways to win but can you find the most direct and astonishing conclusion? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 20 September or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk. There is a prize of £20 for the first correct