I have been questioned about the authenticity of the King on
the wrong square game in the recent Edinburgh Congress.
I gave the following game and apparently it has already
entered Chess folk lore and will no doubt start appearing
in various columns and Chess magazines.
[Click here to replay the game]
Anon - Anon
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bf4 Be7 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Nb5 Bb4+
The game started with the Black King & Queen and on the wrong square.
White was Checkmated. Neither player noticed. The result stood.
This really did happen. Only not quite in the way I told it.
He is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
In the last round of the recent Edinburgh Knights (the lowest section).
Robert Burns was White against A. Lawrence-O'Reilly.
The Black King and Queen were on the wrong square.
A game of Chess was played. BLACK was mated in 11 moves.
I first heard about this game from Brian Duncan.
When he mentioned Robert Burns was involved I immediately
suspected something was wrong and Robert had messed up his
score sheet. Something he does all the time.
Then Gafin Austin told me he was sitting next to Robert and saw the game.
"Geoff man, it was doing my head in. I knew something was
wrong but I could not figure out what it was. Then I noticed
the King and Queen were on the wrong colour."
It really did happen. I have an eye witness. Gafin Austin.
I knew a game had taken place where the King and Queen
were on the wrong colour and it lasted 9 or 10 moves.
I had heard Robert and Eddie Perry were in Bells trying
to figure out what had happened using Robert's score sheet.
Now Robert's score sheet is always a shambles so God only
knows what one starting off in a illegal position looks like.
So, confident I would never see the original game I sat down
and composed the above game. Quite a good plausible composition
and one I'm sure young Tweedie & Redpath would approve of.
After the game was posted I heard that the score sheet is
infact perfect and Robert appologised to his female opponent
who apparently said it does not matter.
The next step was to see Robert Burns and get the score.
So I ambled along to the Edinburgh Museum and joined
the queue of people waiting to see the moving Dinosaurs.
The man who plays Chess against people with the King and Queen
on the wrong square was taking money off the public to
see the moving Dinosaurs.
"Hi Robert do have the score of the game?"
"What game?... Are you here to see the moving Dinosaurs?"
"No. I have heard that you have put the T. Rex where the Brontosaurus should be."
"What?...Oh that game."
And I have now the score.
(Black actually castles from d8 to b8. I never seen that before).
Of course I cannot show it via the game display thing because it
an illegal position so here is a moving GIF that will keep repeating.
R. Burns v A. Lawrence-O'Reilly
So peel back to a couple of Chandler Corners ago when I discovered
that Eric Schiller had named an obscure line in the Caro Khan
The Edinburgh Variation. The cheek of the fellow.
And I stated I would have a proper Edinburgh Variation
after the Congress. Well I never got the chance to pull
out anything strange. My games followed normal lines.
However Robert Burns has done something.
This position from hence forth shall be known as the Edinburgh Variation.
We have two games with it. One White win. One Black Win.
Now you out there use 'set-up' on your computer and set up
the above position and give me some more under 15 moves wins.
I'll get onto whizz kid Bill Marshall to produce a
game display thingy so we can show them. (...Oh No...Ed).