Pawns moving sideways

Last week I played black against the redoubtable Charles Riordan (2330) and my f-pawn took a roundabout trip. From f5 it captured a pawn on g4. Then via another capture it went to f3 (politely passing his f pawn on f4) and then another capture landed on e2. It’s certainly routine to have a pawn wind up on an adjacent file – but not after having sidestepped in the other direction first.

That’s my e pawn on h2 This reminds me of a long-ago game in Kentucky. Rated 1300 at the time, I found myself paired against 1800-rated Don Ifill, who always played a Hedgehog setup, regardless of color. I don’t know the exact move order but we arrived at the diagram via something like:

1.e3 e5 2.Ne2 d5 3.g3 c6 4.Bg2 Bd6 5.d3 f5 6.Nd2 Nf6 7.b3 0-0 8.Bb2 f4 9.exf4 exf4 10.0-0 Bg4 11.f3 fxg3 12.fxg4 gxh2+ 13.Kh1 Ng4.

So that’s my former e-pawn camped out on h2, having scuttled across the board sideways like a crab. (Not an Alaskan King Crab though – they are unusual in that they can walk forwards.) Ultimately I landed a cheapshot …Rg7-g1 mate, anchored by the wandering pawn.

Anybody else have a good sideways pawn story?

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3 thoughts on “Pawns moving sideways

  1. You know, this is one of life’s little tragedies. I have probably 95% of my game scores from 25 years of tournament play. But that one is lost and while I know how it ended, I haven’t figured out how to get from the diagram to the ending. Even though it was maybe only 12 to 15 more moves.

  2. Alright, I’m glad you asked. I think I have reconstructed it. An interesting forensic exercise.

    The discerning viewer will quickly realize this is not a master game of chess. (I think White was coasting…)

    1.e3 e5 2.Ne2 d5 3.g3 c6 4.Bg2 Bd6 5.d3 f5 6.Nd2 Nf6 7.b3 0-0 8.Bb2 f4 9.exf4 exf4 10.0-0 Bg4 11.f3 fxg3 12.fxg4 gxh2+ 13.Kh1 Ng4 14.Nf3 Ne3 15.Qd2 Nxf1 16.Rxf1 Nd7 17. Ned4 Qe7 18.Re1 Qf7 19.Ng5 Qh5 20.Nde6 Rfe8 21.Bh3 Re7 22.Re2 h6 23.Rg2 hxg5 24.Rxg5 Qh6 25.Rxg7+ Rxg7 26.Qxh6 Rg1++

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