(1) Donnelly,M.J - Donnelly,I.J [C80]
Blindfold game by White, Billingham, 12.10.1967

Finally, in this series of Brevities, two very short games given just as some light relief from the more complex and meaningful GM Petrosian and GM Vasiukov games. Unfortunately, in both cases, the net outcome of these very short games heavily outweighed their result and occasion.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6
[2...Bd6!? also guards the e5 pawn and the following game appears to be the first time this move has been played according to games in ChessBase Mega Database 2018 (where well over 500 games are detailed with this move). However, its more likely it was simply not recorded in a serious game, or not recorded in a database, until ca 1974. I'm certain that I've seen it played many times by beginners in various Chess Clubs over the years. In addition, despite blocking the Black d-pawn, it has been played several times by relatively strong players rated around 2100-2350. A similar idea is recommended as a Black defence in the Nimzo-Larsen Attack by noted theoreticians such as GM Kornev. 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 Black wastes a move chasing the e4 pawn. Better chances were offered by (4...0-0 as played in, for example, Nikitinyh-Turikov, St.Petersburg open 2016 when Black actually has a level game.) 5.Nxe5 (stronger than 5.0-0 which has been played here a few times but Black is OK after 5...Bxc3 ) 5...Bxc3 6.dxc3 (Good but even better was 6.Nxf7 Qe7 7.Nxh8 Qxe4+ 8.Be2 (8.Qe2 Qxe2+ 9.Bxe2 Ba5 is less clear-cut.) 8...Ba5 and although Black seems able to win the Nh8, and thus restore the material balance, to do so is fatal. Play may go 9.0-0 Kf8 10.Bf3 Qh4 11.c3 Kg8 12.Re1 Kxh8 13.Qb3 d6 (or 13...d5 14.Qa3+- ) 14.Qf7+- ) 6...Rf8 7.0-0 Nxe4 (Unfortunately for Black the natural move 7...d6 also loses quickly after 8.Nxf7 Rxf7 9.e5 Ng8 (9...dxe5 10.Bxf7++- ) 10.Bxf7+ Kxf7 11.Qh5+ Kf8 12.Qf3+ Ke8 13.exd6 and Re1+ follows with a crushing attack.) 8.Re1 Nd6 (other defences are also without hope eg 8...d5 9.Bxd5+- ; or 8...f5 9.Rxe4 fxe4 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Nxg6+- ) 9.Nc6+ a discovered check which wins outright 9...Ne4 (9...Qe7 10.Rxe7# ) 10.Rxe4+ Qe7 11.Rxe7# Donnelly, M.J-Green,M, Teesside League 1967. As a 16 year old, with just over 12 months, mostly School level, competitive chess experience, this was one of my very first League games for the top Middlesbrough club St.Peters. I can still recall my much older opponent exclaiming long and loud he would never, never, play another game of chess after such a result.]

The Ruy Lopez Opening, still rich in positional and tactical possibilities even after centuries of use by players of all standards from Club Players to World Champions.

Probably the best counter immediately putting the question to the bishop. [Instead Black may play 3...d6 now (the Steinitz Defence) or after the bishop retreats to a4 (the Steinitz Defence Deferred).]

Keeping options open and at the same time retaining some pressure on Black's game. Alternatively, [4.Bxc6 comes in and out of fashion and aims for a superior pawn structure in an ending. This line has been chosen by fine technical players such as Capablanca and was used as a surprise weapon by Bobby Fischer in the 1966 Olympiad and also in his return match versus Spassky in 1992.]

4...Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4
Black choses the Open Defence favoured by, for instance, Euwe in the 1948 World Championship Tournament and also Korchnoi in both his 1978 and 1981 World Championship matches with Karpov. It has also been played by many of the World's elite GMs in recent years. [5...Be7 is the so-called Closed Defence which is also very popular.]

Suspecting "preparation" this less common move was chosen over [6.d4 which is the most frequent choice here, 6.Re1, however, poses Black different opening problems.]

So far Black, my brother who had it was later disclosed borrowed and studied one of my Ruy Lopez opening theory books, has played all the best moves. [6...d5 is occasionally played by Black but White is much better after 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.d3 ]

Obvious but perhaps not the strongest move. Strong players more often prefer [7.Bxc6 dxc6 8.Nxe5 Be7 although Black has quite a decent game as in, for instance, De Vere-Zukertort, London 1872, or more recently Kosteniuk-Muzychuk, W-ch Blitz 2016.]

Fatal. Black had to secure a playable game with [7...Nxe5 one example being Ascic-Raggar, Zadar Open 2006 or by; 7...Be7 an example being Stojanovic-Nabaty, Belgrade Trophy 2015.; Also losing very quickly was winning a piece with 7...Nxa4 since White recovers the piece, and also wins the Black queen, with 8.Nxc6+ Be7 9.Nxd8 ]

As in the game given in the note on move 2 this discovered check also wins outright.

[8...Be7 9.Nxd8+ ; or 8...Be6 9.Nxd8+ are both of no use at all.]

Unfortunately not a game, as also seemed to have occured in the example given at move 2, that inspired Black to continue to seriously study Chess. In contrast GM Korchnoi and IM Hartston, did continue with the game after, for their standard of play, such relatively bad defeats and ultimately played many very fine games. 1-0