Scene: Greater Cincinnati HS Chess League, Fall of 1981

Backstory here.

Apparently the first serious league chess game I ever played was versus one Mike Hellebusch of Covington Catholic HS. I was on board 3 for Highlands HS, the Fighting Bluebirds. Age: 14. (30-year reunion was this year. Eek.)

For your amusement, original scoresheet pictured. This notation is what you used on my brother Keith’s Fidelity Chess Challenger 7, so I guess that was all I knew. Tres chic. The florid ink makes it even better.


Lucky that I put that “#1” in the upper corner, and lucky he signed the sheet. Otherwise both factoids would be lost for all time. And the universe a much poorer place. :)

Is it the worst game of chess ever recorded? No. Is it on the short list? I think so.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Qf3 f6 7. Bxd5 Qe7 8. Bxc6+ Bd7 9. Bxb7 Rb8 10. Nh3 f5 11. Nc3 e4 12. Bxe4 fxe4 13. Nxe4 Bc6 14. d3 Rb4 15. c4 Bxe4 16. dxe4 Rxc4 17. b3 Rxe4+ 18. Kd1 Qe5 19. a4 Bb4 20. Bd2 Rf8 21. Qg3 Bxd2 22. Kxd2 Qb2+ 23. Kd3 Rd4+ 24. Ke3 Qd2#

(Apparently I got revenge 5 weeks later, and had already graduated to descriptive notation.)


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