Puzzles & games


Bridge | 22 October 2015

It’s not surprising that so many bridge players feel such a sentimental attachment to The Young Chelsea. The club was founded nearly 50 years ago, and since then has been a home from home for countless lovers of the game, and the breeding ground for many of England’s greatest stars. If you haven’t yet been


Ex libris

When I first studied chess I thought it was a golden age for chess literature. There were the classics such as Nimzowitsch’s My System and Reti’s Masters of the Chessboard; a series of publications by Harry Golombek on his heroes Reti, Capablanca, Botvinnik and Smyslov; and Peter Clarke’s wonderful elucidations of the best games of


Rocker to writer

In Competition No. 2920 you were invited to submit an extract from a novel written by a rock star of your choosing. I was pleased that Adrian Fry went for Tom Waits, whose storytelling genius shines out on the likes of the grimly hilarious ‘Frank’s Wild Years’. But as Morrissey’s recent stinker demonstrates, being able


2234: A greater measure

One unclued light is the name of a drink which can be measured into three ingredients. Each ingredient has three definitions among the other unclued lights; unchecked letters of the nine lights in question are supplied by the puzzle’s title. Across 1 Changing tack, see, I perform on rink? (8, hyphened) 8 Total power in

Crossword solution

To 2231: On the side

Unclued lights made mottoes around the rim of one-pound coins: (33) NEMO ME (12) IMPUNE (40) LACESSIT, (18) DECUS ET (34) TUTAMEN, and (13) PLEIDIOL (39) WYF I’M (4) GWLAD. First prize Tony Watson, Twyford, Berks Runners-up P. Langdale, London N11; Stewart Jones, Winchester, Hants


No. 384

Black to play. This position is from Inarkiev-Salem, World Blitz, Berlin 2015. How did Black conclude the attack? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 27 October or via email to victoria@-spectator.co.uk or by fax on 020 7681 3773. The winner will be the first correct answer out of a hat, and each week