1970: From the ridiculous...

Game Lee,RA - O'Connell,KJ, Exeter Club Ch'p, 1970

From the ridiculous...

We played late in March; the game was deliberately left until then as it was clear it would be the deciding game of the tournament. Unfortunately it turned out to be the shortest game I have ever lost! — KO'C

Dutch Defence, Stonewall system

1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 c6 7.Qc2 d5 8.Nbd2 Ne4 9.Ne5 Nd7 10.Ndf3

+-----------------+
|r+b1.4k+|
|0p+ng.0p|
|.+p+p+.+|
|+.+pHp+.|
|.+P)n+.+|
|+.+.+N).|
|P)Q+P)B)|
|$.G.+RI.|
+-----------------+

10...Nd6? 11.cxd5? Nxe5?? 12.dxe5 1-0

Of course, 11...exd5 might have changed the result of the championship... Two days later, I was in Paris...

Chess Quotes

"An isolated Pawn spreads gloom all over the chessboard."
— -- TARTAKOVER