The game and annotations from the novel, complete with illustrative diagrams
The following is the chess game featured in Samuel Beckett's first published novel, Murphy. All notes and annotations may be found in the novel, but I have added diagrams of the annotated positions:
The game, an Endon's Affence, or Zweispringerspott, was as follows:
White (Murphy) Black (Mr. Endon)(a)
(a) Mr. Endon always played Black. If presented with White he would fade, without the least trace of annoyance, away into a light stupor.
(b) The primary cause of all White's subsequent difficulties.
1. P-K4 (b) 1. Kt-KR32. Kt-KR3 2. R-KKt13. RKKt1 3. Kt-QB34. Kt-QB3 4. Kt-K4
(c) Apparently nothing better, bad as this is.
5. Kt-Q5 (c) 5. R-KR16. R-KR1 6. Kt-QB37. Kt-QB3 7. Kt-KKt1
(d) An ingenious and beautiful début, sometimes called the Pipe-opener.
8. Kt-QKt1 8. Kt-QKt1 (d)9. Kt-KKt1 9. P-K3
10. P-KKt3 (e) 10. Kt-K211. Kt-K2 11. Kt-KKt312. P-KKt4 12. B-K213. Kt-KKt3 13. P-Q314. B-K2 14. Q-Q2
(f) Never seen in the Café de la Régence, seldom in Simpson's Divan.
15. P-Q3 15. K-Q1 (f)16. Q-Q2 16. Q-K117. K-Q1 17. Kt-Q2
(g) The flag of distress.
18. 18. Kt-QB3 (g) 18. R-QKt119. R-QKt1 19. Kt-QKt320. Kt-QR4 20. B-Q221. P-QKt3 21. R-KKt1
(h) Exquisitely played.
22. R-KKt1 22. K-QB1 (h)23. B-QKt2 23. Q-KB124. K-QB1 24 B-K1
(i) It is difficult to imagine a more deplorable situation than poor White's at this point.
25. B-QB3 (i) 25. Kt-KR126. P-QKt4 26. B-Q1
(j) The ingenuity of despair.
27. Q-KR6 (j) 27. ...
(k) Black now has an irresistible game.
27. ... 27. Kt-QR1 (k)28. Q-KB6 28. Kt-KKt329. B-K5 29. B-K2
(l) High praise is due for White for the pertinacity with which he struggles to lose a piece.
30. Kt-QB5 (l) 30. ...
(m) At this point, Mr. Endon, wthout as much as "j'adoube," turned his King and Queen's Rook upside-down, in which position they remained for the rest of the game.
30. ... 30. K-Q1 (m)
(n) A coup de repos long overdue.
31. Kt-KR1 (n) 31. B-Q232. K-QKt2!! 32. R-KR133. K-QKt3 33. B-QB1
(o) Mr. Endon not crying "Check!," not otherwise giving the slightest indication that he was alive to having attacked the King of his opponent, or rather vis-à-vis, Murphy was absolved, in accordance with Law 18, from attending to it. But this would have been to admit that the salute was adventitious.
34. K-QR4 34. Q-K1 (o)35. K-R5 35. Kt-QKt336. B-KB4 36. Kt-Q237. Q-QB3 37. R-QR1
(p) No words can express the torment of mind that goaded White to this abject offensive.
38. Kt-QR6 (p) 38. B-KB139. K-QKt5 39. Kt-K240. K-KR5 40. Kt-QKt141. Q-QB6 41. Kt-KKt1
(q) The termination of this solitaire is beautifully played by Mr. Endon.
42. K-QKt5 42. K-K2 (q)
(r) Further solicitation would be frivolous and vexatious, and Murphy, with fool's mate in his soul, retires.
43. K-R5 43. Q-Q1 (r)
And White Surrenders