The 19-move solutions generally have a white knight captured on a3 by a bishop, which is then taken by a pawn. The black e-pawn then promotes to a bishop on g1 and heads back to f8 via c5. Only after all that can Black play d6.
The ingenious 18-move answers have the black pawn promoting to a queen, which then takes the knight on a3. For example: 1.d4 e5 2.Bd2 e4 3.Ba5 e3 4.a4 exf2+ 5.Kd2 fxg1=Q 6.Kc3 d6 7.Na3 Qe3+ 8.Kb4 Qxa3+ 9.bxa3 Bf5 10.c3 Bc2 11.e4 f5 12.Qb1 Qf6 13.Bb5+ Ke7 14.Be8 b5 15.Bb6 c5+ 16.Ka5 Nc6+ 17.Ka6 Rb8 18.Qa2.
All the 18-move and 19-move answers went into the winner-generating hat, and the following names emerged: Laura Fraser (Inverness), Stuart McMenemy (Glasgow), MP Young (Highbridge, Somerset). They will all receive a copy of the splendid Chessmaster 5000 on CD-Rom.Reuse content