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

"The delight in gambits is a sign of chess youth... In very much the same way as the young man, on reaching his manhood years, lays aside the Indian stories and stories of adventure, and turns to the psychological novel, we with maturing experience leave off gambit playing and become interested in the less vivacious but withal more forceful manoeuvres of the position player."
— Emanuel LASKER