Pablo Sarrio Bambo v Adrian Villuendas Valero, Aragón Individual Championship 2009, round five. Position after 4...Be6.
The position above appeared on board eleven after a few minutes play: I was sitting to White's left, playing on board twelve. My game began 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c6 and I wondered briefly, before playing 3.c4, whether Black might try 3...dxc4 4.e3 Be6, which I'd noticed had been the opening of a recent annotated game in Chess Today. In fact Black played 3...e6 and I replied with 4.Qc2 but having had the variation in mind, I experienced some slight surprise when looking to my right and seeing that it had apparently appeared on the very next board.
In fact it hadn't, quite: Black had a knight on f6 and his pawn was still on c7, though whether the Be6 manoeuvre is more or less eccentric, in a QGA, than it is in a Slav, I couldn't say. Anyway, shortly my opponent embarked on a long think so I went for a wander to see what was going on elsewhere in the tournament hall. When I saw that it was my turn to move again, I came back, sat down and noticed that I was sitting next to this.
White was looking at the pawn on b5 as if trying to work out how it had got there. Black, for his part, had got up and walked away, possibly wishing to allow his opponent to suffer his embarrassment alone. White eventually put his queen on c2, waited for Black to come back to the board and resigned.
On my left, White never turned up at all: Black sat looking at the starting position for half an hour and then went home. Some try to play: others, perhaps, conclude that it is better not to play at all.
[Board beside me I]