1970: ...to the sublime

Game O'Connell,KJ - Grabinger, Bagneux (Paris), 1970

...To the sublime

This game was widely published in France at the time; I can remember

Le Figaro

and

Europe Echecs

. It is the only time I have ever been surrounded by almost all the other players in a tournament — both during the game and the post-mortem! — KO'C

French Defence, King's Indian Attack

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.e5 Nd7 9.Re1 Qc7 10.Qe2 Nb4 11.Nf1 b6 12.c3 Nc6 13.Bf4 Bb7 14.h4 Rac8 15.N1h2 b5 16.Bh3 b4 17.Ng5 Bxg5 18.hxg5 Ba6 19.Ng4 Qa5 20.Kg2 bxc3 21.Nf6+ Nxf6

[21...gxf6 22.gxf6 Kh8 23.Bf5 exf5 24.Rh1+-]

22.gxf6 g6

+-----------------+
|.+r+.4k+|
|0.+.+p+p|
|b+n+p)p+|
|1.0p).+.|
|.+.+.G.+|
|+.0P+.)B|
|P).+Q)K+|
|$.+.$.+.|
+-----------------+

23.Bd2!

Not, strictly speaking necessary to win but who could resist such a move having seen it. It is interesting that Fritz, for instance does not find the move, even allowed an hour.

23...Kh8 24.Qe3 Rg8 25.Qh6 Qd8 26.Rh1 1-0

[26.Rh1 Qf8 27.Qxh7+ Kxh7 28.Bg4+]

My opponent eventually finished second with 8/11 behind IM Hecht (later GM) on 10/11; I shared sixth place with several players who went on variously to get IM titles and/or win the French Championship.

[Notes by Kevin O'Connell]

Chess Quotes

From: Dan Scoones

Moments when you should sense DANGER in chess:

  1. There has been a change in the pawn structure. Your opponent has 8 and you don't have any.
  2. Your opponent begins to throw pawns at your eyes.
  3. You have a postion won but your opponent has a gun.
  4. The Director tells you not to bother turning in your scoresheet after the game.
  5. Before game begins you notice your opponents 1st initials are 'GM'.
  6. After completing your development you sense your opponent playing the endgame.
— -- I don't know the composer of this - anyone? By the way, I.M. George is distinguished local player! Ian isn't actually an IM but he won the West of England Championship last year