May 172018
 

While flicking through 365 Chess Master Lessons by Andrew Soltis, I came across a game between two famous actors, Michael Redgrave and John Steadman. Looking a the date it was played (2007) and the venue (Sydney) I immediately figured something wasn’t quite right, as Sir Michael Redgrave had died in 1985, and John Steadman passed away in 1993.
It turned out that the surnames of the players had been transposed, and the two participants were in fact Michael Steadman (NZ) and John Redgrave (AUS) who had met in the first round of the 2007 Sydney International Open. Soltis features the game as part of a lesson on when is the optimal time to play a move. In the game, 9.Nd5 was strong, and made even stronger by 9…Bb7??, although 9.a4 was even stronger, as it sets up some extra tactics for White. After Steadman found the knockout blow with 10.Ne6! there wasn’t much left for Black.

Steadman,Michael – Redgrave,John [B94]
SIO, 2007 new PgnViewer( { boardName: “game854”, movesFormat: “default”, pgnString:’1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.f4 b5 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Nd5 Bb7 10.Ne6 Qa5+ 11.b4 1-0′, pauseBetweenMoves: 500, pieceSize: 29 } );

Two Famous Actors
Source: Chessexpress