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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Leonid Stein
Moscow (1965)
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Bayreuth Variation (C77)  ·  0-1


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Dec-01-05  tayer: Good win by Stein with an ending with 4 sets of doubled Ps
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  perfidious: Wonder whether Tim Krabbe has this one in his record book; I don't believe I've ever seen four sets of doubled pawns before!
Aug-28-12  Capacorn: Amazing how Stein was able to turn the tide after being outplayed positionally. Botvinnik “didn’t see the obvious reply” (the ex-world champion’s own words) with 32...gxf3. Who could've guessed at this stage what the resulting endgame was to look like? After 36...Bd7!, “It is remarkable to observe the way in which the defects of black’s position have been transformed into strengths.” (Keene) Indeed.
Aug-28-12  achieve: Indeed an amazing game!

What's interesting is that Timman and Najdorf play a similar opening, 17 years later in 1982 Mar del Plata, where Timman opts for a different (and IMO more elegant and efficient) handling of the transition to-, and direction of,- the middle game. Really a gem, and can be found here:

Timman vs Najdorf, 1982

Feb-11-17  Olavi: Botvinnik's fourth loss in a row; the three last games at the European team ch went before.
May-16-19  Albion 1959: This game features in Ray Keene's book Leonid Stein - Master of Attack, P48. Keene was a friend of Stein and this book focuses on Stein's attacking skill. This game (his only win against the former world champion) was achieved by determined defence, rather than attacking brilliance and to use the term Master of Attack, seems to be misplaced here. It was quite an achievement to win this position with so many weak and isolated pawns. The choice of openings was unusual for both players. Botvinnik was not a regular e4 opening player and Stein preferred the Sicilian c5 as opposed to e5. The game hinged (according to Keene) on move 32, when Botvinnik erred with Rg3? instead of Qxc7! The line goes 32. Qxc7 gxf
33. Rxg6 fxg
34. Qg3 Qxg3+
35. hxg With a winning endgame for white. There are just too many weak pawns in black's position, white must surely be winning? Even an ex-world champion can overlook a pin !
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  HeMateMe: black had such an ugly looking position, it just seems hard to believe he won with it. at the end of the day white didn't have enough time to capture all of those black pawns.
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