Vagrave’s early Queen Fianchetto
In a Trompowsky after the opening moves. 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 d5 4.e3 Bf5 5.g4 e5! 6.Bxe5 Qh4 7.Qf3 Bxg4 he played the best and only move 8.Qg2
Now…in general it’s recommended to Fianchetto your bishops in the opening, not your Queen! Black probably has some initiative but the game ended in a draw. Regardless this made me wonder how far away this was from the earliest maneuver of the Queen to the g2 square in the opening!
As always we’d like the move and the game to make some sense, and not just be random. Obviously 1.e3, 2.g3, 3.Qf3, 4.Qg2 would be quite random if it ever occured!
I found that the record stands at five moves! This is shared with two games and the strongest of them was Argandona-Gleizerov which featured the moves 1.d4 f5 2.e3 e6 3.g4 fxg4 4.Qxg4 Nf6 5.Qg2. It should be noted that the engine prefers Qg2 here so this fits the criteria of making sense 🙂
This is the record….but only because Fries-Nielsen missed his chance at Curiosity immortality in the following game:
1.e3 f5 2.g4!?? fxg4 3.Qxg4 Nf6
Here inexplicably, Fries-Nielsen missed his chance and played 4.Qg3 when 4.Qg2 would have put him in the “record-books” 😉