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.
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?