1970: ...to the sublime
This game was widely published in France at the time; I can remember
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
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+-]
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]