Hodgson,J (2590) - Walker,P (2730) [D00] Simul, Colchester, 1991

Picture the scene. It is a hot July Saturday afternoon in a busy shopping center in Colchester. A Grandmaster is playing 30 people at once, oblivious to the quizzical looks and comments of the shoppers with whom he has to rub shoulders. He wins his first 30 games, eats a "McDonald's" and then plays another 30. Several of these he loses, the first to 8-year-old Peter Kemp.

Is this the first known connection between beefburgers and loss of brain funcionality?

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Bxf6 exf6 4.e3 c6 5.Nf3 Bd6 6.c4 Qa5+ 7.Nc3 Bg4 8.Qb3 Bb4 9.Nd2 0-0 10.a3 Bxc3 11.bxc3 Nd7 12.Qb4 Qc7 13.Bd3 dxc4 14.Bxc4 c5 15.Qb2 b5 16.Qxb5 Rfb8 17.Qa4 Rb2 18.f3 Nb6 19.Qa5 Rxd2 20.fxg4 Qe7 21.Bxf7+ Kxf7 22.0-0 Qxe3+ 23.Kh1 Qe2 24.Rg1 cxd4 25.Rae1 Qxg4 26.h3 Qd7 27.cxd4 Qxd4 28.Qh5+ Kf8 29.Qxh7 Qd5 30.Re3 Qg5 31.Rc3 Re8 32.Rc7 Re7 33.Qh8+ Kf7 34.Rxe7+ Kxe7 35.Re1+ Kd7 36.Qe8+ Kc7 37.Rc1+ Kb7 38.Qc6+ Ka6 39.a4 Qd5 40.a5 Qxc6 41.Rxc6 Kxa5 0-1









This is the position after 21...Rxd2. Julian gave me as evil a look as any chess player has ever done. I saw that look on his face again in the 1999 Mind Sports Olympiad, immediately after he had just been beaten by David Norwood for the Gold Medal in one of the blitz events.
When I showed this game to my good friend Jeff Povall, he kindly commented, "Oh God! He didn't fall for that rubbish, did he?".
Some three weeks later, Julian won the British Championship for the first time.

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