Puzzles & games


Bridge | 20 June 2019

Here we go again. The ninth European Bridge Championships are upon us, this time taking place in Istanbul. Hundreds of Europe’s bridge elite (and many from further afield) descended for some or all of the tournaments, even though it is usually torture. Four years ago in Tromso there was the Portaloo scandal (don’t ask) and


Fortune’s wheel

The elite tournament at Stavanger in Norway has resulted in yet another victory for the world champion Magnus Carlsen. The format was unorthodox in that draws were replayed as so-called Armageddon blitz games. In such cases White has more time but any draws count as Black wins. Classical wins count as 2-0, whereas Armageddon wins


Talking heads | 20 June 2019

In Competition No. 3103 you were invited to submit a Shakespearean soliloquy delivered by one of the contenders for the Tory leadership in which they consider their pitch for the top job. Though many chose to plug the gap created by Boris Johnson’s public reticence, there was a sprinkling of his fellow hopefuls. Most are


2413: Sign here please

The unclued lights are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer.   Across 11    Oil-well cap adjusted as ornamentation (10, two words) 13    Some entertainer, dynamic, but socially inept (5) 14    Horseman’s additional clause (5) 15    Half-scores I have in short are nerve-racking (7) 18    Wicket that is most unplayable for a batsman? (6) 19    Jack’s

Crossword solution


no. 559

Black to play. This position is from Grischuk-Anand, Altibox (Armageddon game), Stavanger 2019. How does Black break White’s resistance? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 25 June or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk. There is a prize of £20 for the first correct answer out of a hat. Please include a postal address and