Thursday, November 20, 2008

What happened next VI

Yesterday's position is from a game Zhang v Edwards, Oxford University v Witney, February 2005, Oxford and District League Division One.

White won with 10.Nxd6 mate. This, despite the fact that the pawn he was taking on d6 was his own.

The game had begun 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 c6 5.e5 Nd5 6.Ne4 Qc7 7.c4 Nb6 8.exd6 Qd8 producing the following position:

Our narration is from issue #29 of Cowley Chess Club's review, The Chequered Board.
Marco [i.e. Zhang, player of the White pieces - ejh] had recently played a quick game where his opponent walked into a smothered mate and so, spotting a similar pattern, he played 9.Qe2! threatening 10.Nf6#. Black defended this with 9...N8d7 [reaching our initial diagram - ejh] but this blocks the flight square on d7 so 10.Nxd6!# - forgetting that, unusually, the pawn on d6 is a white one - a twenty-first century chessboard classic.
The incident was a complete brainstorm: no subterfuge was intended and neither player realised what had happened until later. (White, for his part, thought when playing through the game that he must have missed some moves off his scoresheet before he realised what he'd done.)

The result stood.

The game is reproduced below. Sort of.

(Thanks to Sean Terry and Marco Zhang for their help.)

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Anonymous said...

Hi Ejh. Slightly off topic but maybe you could help me with some confusion. There's a Sean Elliott
playing in this match, but there's no Sean Elliott listed as having a grade anytime since 1994. There is however a Shaun Elliott from Didcot listed. Are these the same person? And is one/both of these the person who won the British U18 1985?



ejh said...

I wouldn't know - are there any Oxfordshire readers who can help?

Anonymous said...

Reckon we're talking about the same chap here - Sean used to play for Witney but when I played him last May it was as a Didcot player...

.. and I'm told / I hear it's the same player as featured in the 1985 British UK

(no relation)

Jonathan B said...

Random memories department:-

Does anybody remember Union Jack Jackson? I think there was a character in that - UJJ's best mate - called Sean O'Bannion?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. The confusion comes partly from the Sean/Shaun thing. As a junior I'm sure he was Sean. Also after having not seen him for many years I saw the name S.Elliott at the 4NCL c2000 and was going to speak to him, but when I saw him I thought it wasn't him.


ejh said...

Meanwhile, if you go to the Africa page on the BBC news site, you will, for a while at least, actually see some chess...

ejh said...

(I deleted a comment posted to this thread: you may post anonymously and you may even post anonymously and irrelvantly, but you may not post anonymously, irrelvantly and abusively.)

Sean Elliott said...

Just found this thread (a long time after the comments were posted). Yes, PG is absolutely right. Sean Elliott playing for Witney, Shaun Elliott playing for Didcot and the British U18 champion (massive stroke of luck in 1985) are all the same person.

Sean Elliott

ejh said...

Sean - thanks very much!