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Michael Francis Stean vs Walter Shawn Browne
"Hear My Stean Train a Comin'" (game of the day Oct-28-2010)
Olympiad Qualifying Group 2 (1974), Nice FRA, rd 9, Jun-15
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1-0


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  Morten: Marvellous game. With his own king completely exposed, white still has time for the odd preparatoty move to keep his attack going. For a while there Nunn and Stean were real wonder boys, playing games that seemed to defy logic.

In the line 30.-,Ka6.31.a4,Bxc3 there is another immediate mate with 32.Rd6#.

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  Marmot PFL: Bb7 is a natural Sicilian move, but it opens up possibilities to sac on e6. Simply Be7 and 0-0 looks good, as white has already castled that way. Maybe Browne wanted white to play 13 Bxe6!?, although that also looks good. Passive defense just might have saved a draw but that is not Browne's style.
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  whiteshark: Hello again
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  al wazir: <Benzol: I was looking at 30...Ka6 31.Rxb5 Qxg7 32.Rxa5+ Kb6> 33.Nd5#. Thanks.

<imreker: 30...Ka6 31. Rg1> Qf4 32. Rg2 (32. g8=Q?? Qxh2#) Qf1+ = But 31. a4 works. Thanks.

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  kevin86: A delightful finish. White will take the queen and end up two rooks ahead!
Oct-28-10  mrkangaroo: I played Stean in a simul once - shame he gave up chess to become an accountant!
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  weisyschwarz: I'm a Stean-roller, baby...
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  SteinitzLives: Walter wears the waving dress with Nbd7. Easy to see why e6 got played much more and with much greater success. Nbd7 is just an act of submission. I hope Stean at least took him out to dinner (before or after).
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  chrisowen: <mrkangaroo> dinner pouch Stean v e.g. put on a show or legged it quick smart? Can you post it! A doobie rb8 Fritz engine get skinned b-shaft.

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1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Qd2 O-O 9. O-O-O Be6 10. f3 h5 11. Qf2 Nbd7 12. h3 h4 13. Bd3 Qc7 14. Kb1 Rfe8 15.Qxh4 Nc5 16. Nxc5 dxc5 17. Qg3 c4 18. Be2 b5 19. a3 b4 20. axb4 Rab8 21. Bd4Rxb4 22. Bxe5 Qb6 23. Na2 Rxb2+ 24. Bxb2

Rounding up it was hoping long time tracking charlie Browne baggaged soft ears and hands over e6. In duvet approach mourning knight enders man in black. Rooks up a light Najdorf open sparks on the line. Great robbery posting royal monarch one ver. close kf8 dont stop? Rb8's journey express heavens open suggest e5 silk fretting. As I amalgamate riven f6 father Francis washed avow 8.0-0 draw mouth rf7+ barraking dogs white carriage in.

Mind the gap on board a mint platform promotion heists white rook treat queen exchange king Walter sling hook station.

Oct-28-10  Naugh: Excellent game! I love the queen sac, initiating a great ending for White.
Oct-28-10  drnooo: It reminds me of one of those long forcing variations of Alekhine,more than of Tal, I go here he HAS to go there,etc, my guess is running this off on an engine both may well have come up with the best movies after around the 13th or so , and if Browne didnt find them STEAN did. Betcha it was Stean who took far less on his clock, that Browne had the table practically shaking so hard at some points you could have used the Richter scale on it.
Oct-28-10  David2009: M Stean vs Browne, 1974 Black 14...?

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14...Bc8!? is an interesting defensive try e.g. 15 Bb3 Qc7 and I have not found the killer punch for White.

Crafty End Game Trainer link to the position earlier (where White is about to sacrifice on e6):

Oct-28-10  scormus: <mrkangaroo: I played Stean in a simul once - shame he gave up chess to become an accountant> Absolutely :(

Back then I was playing regularly, and he was one of the players I specially liked for his adventurous, imaginative play. This one is a fine example. 29 b4 is a gem of a move, the sort I could never find. There's a stunning game he played about then, W against .... Ungureanu I think. Najdorf-Polu.

Oct-28-10  njchess: Probably the best example of why in the Najdorf Bb7 should be played by Black after castling... A very instructive game as far as move order is concerned.
Oct-30-10  scormus: <njchess> this game certainly demonstrates the perils of B leaving his K on e8 when WR's are on d1 and e1. I wouldnt say thats a real mistake by B, but he has to be preapred to face a fair amount of artillary fire. B is inviting W to "do his worst". I reckon these positions mostly favour W. Browne like to play h6 against W's Bg5 in the Nadjorf, but I think here it h6 was not the best of moves.
Mar-11-12  Albion 1959: Whatever happened to Michael Stein? He produced some really good games in his heyday, this particular game was a fine effort that won a brilliancy prize at this event for the best game: However, Jon Speelman does not include this game in his excellent book Best Chess Games 1970 - 1980: It is not so clear as to where Browne actually went wrong, but I am of the opinion that move 10 b6 followed by Bb7 is too slow and does fit in with the requirements of the position. Why could Browne have not played Be7 followed by O-O instead? This looks okay to me!! Another subtle point here is that after b6 and Bb7, black has weakened control of the e6 square and is almost inviting a sacrifice on e6. Stean took his chance, because if Browne could have castled, his game is getting developed: Could Browne have defended the position any better than he actually did after the knight sacrifice on e6?
Mar-11-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<albion1959>

Michael, rather surprisingly, gave up chess in the early 80s and concentrated on a career as an accountant.

It's a bit like Luke McShane today, although "Lukey" still plays.

Mar-12-12  Albion 1959: To Simon Webbs Tiger, thanks for that!

To David 2009 - I had another look at this game last night, Maybe Kf8!? was a "tougher defensive" move? Though it is going to be hard-going for Browne: Your suggestion Bc8 appears to fall short: Rybka suggested the following line 14.Bxe6 Bc8
15.e5 dxe
16.fxe Qxe5
17.Rae1 Qc5+
18.Kh1 White has the strong Nd5 to follow, the analysis needs to carried further, maybe Browne could have done better but over the board it was never going to be easy after Bc8:

To Benzol and Al Wasir
30.Rb7+ Ka6
31.Ne4! (Not Rg1) Qe3 or else Nc5 Mate
32.Nc5+ Qxc5 (Forced)
33.bxc Wins easily !!
And finally
32.Rxb5+ Kc7
33.Rxe5 Qxe5
34.g8= Q Wins
Another bit of flash from Rybka !! Though 32. Rb8+ also suffices:

Mar-17-14  LIFE Master AJ: # 99 in the Soltis book.
Mar-17-14  LIFE Master AJ: Stean stings Walter ...
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  Caissanist: <I played Stean in a simul once - shame he gave up chess to become an accountant!>

<<Any advice for the coming juniors in chess?> <Accountancy pays better.>> - Nigel Short

May-15-14  LIFE Master AJ: BTW, my title for this game - in my game collection - is just a joke, this game actually won a Brilliancy Prize, I do believe.
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  MSteen: Just a superb game. If my king were as exposed as white's is later in the game, I think I'd just start to weep. But Stean just calmly plays on, confident in his calculations. Impressive.
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  offramp: I would have played 30...Kc6 with great foreboding.
Jan-03-17  clement41: Marvellous game! I reckon 13 Bxe6 also provides white with decent attacking chances. 19...Qxe5 20 Rad1+ Bd6 threatens #1 21 Rxd6+ Qxd6 22 Qxb7 (22 Rd1 Nd5 23 Bxd5 or Nxd5 Rf8 and amazing complications arise but looks )

21 Qxg7 Qc6+ and again huge complications 22 Kg1 (Kg3?? Nh5+) Qxe6 23 ef!? Rg8 24 fe+ Kd7 (...Ke8?? Rf8+) 25 Rd1+ Kc6 (...Kc7 26 d8=N+! Kc6 (...Kb8? 27 Rf8!! And if ...Rxg7+, Nxg7+ Qc8 R1f1 or Rxc8+ ))

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