Bridge Andrew Robson

This was a big-swing board from Dealer: East, Vulnerability: Both the 39th annual Lords-Commons ♠ A KQ 10 9 Teams match, held at the Palace of ♥10 4 Westminster and sponsored jointly (Aggregate) ♦7 5 by Stephen Perry of London ♣A 10 8 4 Export and Lord Kalms, won by ♠J 7 6 4 ♠8 5 3 N the Commons. ♥AQ 9 ♥K J 8 7 2 W E At Table One West led a heart v ♦Q 10 3 S ♦♣K J 6 5♦, his partner having supported ♣Q 9 7 5 2 ♠ 2 his transfer bid. East won the ace, ♥ 6 5 3 cashed the queen, then very ♦A K J 9 8 6 4 2 brightly led a third heart (little ♣3 point in leading a black suit and – Table One as you will see – every point in leading a third heart). S W N E Declarer ruffed in dummy and, 1NT hoping for the three missing Pass(1) 2♦(2) 2♠ 3♥ trumps to split 2-1, led to his ace. 5♦ end West discarding was a fatal blow (1) Reasonable shot. Perhaps the opponents and he could only cash the king will remain in notrumps and South can unleash and concede a diamond to East’s eight running diamonds (should ♦Q drop). queen. 5♦ down one. (2) Transfer to hearts. Things were rather different at Table Two where the pugnacious Contract: 5♦, Opening Lead: ♥7 North-South had bid to 6♦. With Table Two a blind lead, West reasonably selected a club. S W N E Declarer won dummy’s ace and 1NT led a diamond to the ace. West dis5♦(1) Pass 6♦(2) end carding was but a minor inconvenNo softly-softly tactics for Table Two’s ience (unlike at Table One) (1) South. Arguably 4♦ is the right pre-empbecause dummy still had a trump tive level given that South is vulnerable and with which to take the second- his suit has a hole in it. But there’s no doubt round marked finesse against 5♦ could bring home the bacon. East’s queen. (2) Hoping either partner has hearts covDeclarer crossed to the ace- ered, or for a non-heart lead. king-queen of spades, discarding two hearts, then led a second Contract: 6♦, Opening Lead: ♣5 trump to the (ten and) jack. The Table One? Probably. It is just posking felled East’s queen and just sible East has 12-14 points (for his one heart was lost at the end. 12 1NT opener) with West holding tricks and 6♦ made. The slam suc- the queen of diamonds (singleton ceeded whilst the game failed. as East has to have at least two). Should declarer have taken a Unlikely though. andrew.robson@thetimes.co.uk first round diamond finesse at

Word Watching Philip Howard
SLAWNCHWISE a. To do with sailing b. Obliquely c. Slaughterous IMPI a. An elf b. Godless b. An army SOURSOB a. Envious b. An acid drop sweet c. A flower Answers below

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Chess Raymond Keene
King’s Indian Attack The modern trend in openings is for top players to press the opposition by choosing opening variations which rely more on comprehension than learning by rote. In particular systems which avoid early exchanges of pieces are becoming highly fashionable. In this respect, the subtle King’s Indian Attack is an ideal resource. Today’s game is an example of the King’s Indian Attack employed by former world champion Vladimir Kramnik against three-time British champion Jonathan Rowson. White: Vladimir Kramnik Black: Jonathan Rowson London Classic 2013 King’s Indian Attack 1 Nf3 d5 2 g3 Bg4 3 Bg2 Nd7 4 0-0 Ngf6 5 d3 c6 6 h3 Bh5 7 Qe1 The position is level but there is plenty of scope for dynamic imbalance. In addition, the fact that there have been virtually no exchanges means that there is considerable scope for either side to go wrong in future complications. 13 a4 b6 14 Bd2 a6 15 Kh1 Bf8 16 b3 b5 17 Ne3 Nc5 18 Nef5 bxa4 19 bxa4 Rab8 20 Ba5 Qc8 21 g4 Bg6 22 Bc3 Nfd7 23 Qd2 Nb6 24 f4 Ncxa4 Black should prefer 24 ... exf4 25 Qxf4 Qe6. The text allows White to build up a preponderance in the centre. 25 Bxe5 Nc4 26 Qd4 Nxe5 27 Qxa4 Nd7 28 e5

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________ á 4qDrgkD] àD DnDp0p] ßpDpD DbD] ÞD D )ND ] ÝQD D )PH] ÜD D D DP] Û DPD DBD] Ú$ D DRDK] ÁÂÃÄÅÆÇÈ

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Codeword No 1975

Numbers are substituted for letters in the crossword grid. Below the grid is the key. Some letters are solved. When you have completed your first word or phrase you will have the clues to more letters. Enter them in the key grid and the main grid and check the letters on the alphabet list as you complete them.
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SLAWNCHWISE (b) Also slaunchwise, and slaunchways. Slanting( ly), oblique(ly); out of true. An alteration of “slantways”. IMPI (c) A body of Caffre warriors; a force, detachment, army. Zulu for a body or company of people, especially of armed men. 1888: “The men looking round caught sight of Wabe’s impi coming rapidly along.” SOURSOB (c) A bulbous plant, Oxalis cernua, of the family Oxalidaceae, native to South Africa, and widely naturalised as a weed elsewhere, bearing divided leaves and clusters of bright yellow bell-shaped flowers; also called the Bermuda buttercup. Alteration of “sour-sop”, perhaps in reference to the acid sap. Winning Move solution
1 . . . Bxh7+! Kxh7 2 Ng5+ Bxg5 (Black actually tried 2 ... Kg6 but 3 Qd3+ f5 4 Ne6! was overwhelming) 3 Qxh5+ regains the piece with a winning position after 3 ... Bh6 4 Nxd5.

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A useful device. 7 Qe1 supports the advance e2-e4, breaks the potential pin against White’s king’s knight and minimises the possibility of the exchange of queens, should the d-file ever open up. 7 ... e5 8 e4 dxe4 9 dxe4 Be7 10 Nbd2 0-0 11 Nc4 Qc7 12 Nh4 Rfe8

White is now clearly better since Black’s position is riddled with pawn weaknesses. 28 ... Rb6 29 Rad1 Nc5 30 Qc4 Bxf5 31 Nxf5 Qe6 32 Qd4 Reb8 33 Nd6 Bxd6 34 exd6 White’s passed pawn and control of the central files gives him a winning advantage. 34 ... Nd7 35 Rfe1 Qf6 36 Qe3 Qd8 37 g5 g6 38 Qe7 Nf8 39 c4 Ne6 40 Rxe6 fxe6 41 Qxe6+ Kf8 42 Qe5 Kg8 43 Bxc6 Rxc6 44 Qd5+ Kf8 45 Qxc6 Qc8 46 Qxc8+ Rxc8 47 c5 Black resigns

Polygon From these letters, make words of three or more letters, always including the central letter. Answers must be in the Concise Oxford Dictionary, excluding capitalised words, plurals, conjugated verbs (past tense etc), adverbs ending in LY, comparatives and superlatives.

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Yesterday’s answers emir, empire, epimer, ere, err, ire, mere, mire, peer, per, père, peri, perm, pier, premier, prim, prime, primer, rem, rep, rim, rime, rip, ripe

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County town (7) Basil and pine nut sauce (5) Use cigarettes (5) Make bigger (7) Profanation (9) Hair preparation (3) Source of 4 dn or 16 dn (6) Occupy (some time) (4,2) Alcoholic drink (3)

18 Book of synonyms (9) 20 One on an excursion (7) 21 Drive forward (5) 23 Very liquid (5) 24 Of considerable duration (7)
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Underlying support (5) Couple (3) Hole; beginning (7) Fuel (6) Rhythmic throbbing (5) One trailing behind (9) Partly coincide in time (7) Dull red stone; lone cairn (anagram) (9) Hard worker (7) Eg, from Rome (7) Fuel (6) Slightly drunk (5) Saline (5) Drug; container (3)

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