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Fridrik Olafsson vs Leonid Stein
Stockholm Interzonal (1962), Stockholm SWE, rd 23, Mar-06
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0


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  ICCM Bart Gibbons: This game deserves to be annotated. In Korchnoi's book "Chess is My Life", he explains that this game took place in the last round of the 1962 Interzonal in Stockholm. Korchnoi, who was paired against Yanofsky, was tied with Stein, with qualification to the Candidate's Tournament at stake. (As a side note, Korchnoi writes that he was worried Fischer may helped Yanofsky prepare for their game, as Fischer and Yanofsky were on friendly terms).

Korchnoi goes on to say that he stood very badly in his game, but managed to save a sharp ending a pawn down. He also said that Stein had a menacing position against Olafsson, but blundered and lost. These results allowed Korchnoi to tie for fourth place with Filip, and qualify. Fischer won the tournament handily.

Korchnoi continued that had he known what was to happen in the 1962 Candidate's Tournament in Curacao, he would have gladly let Stein take his place. Korchnoi was referring to the alliance between Petrosian, Geller and Keres to agree to draws in their games. Interestingly, Korchnoi writes that he thought Keres did not benefit from this arrangement, as he was playing stronger than anyone at the time.

Feb-08-12  ewan14: Keres did play at Bled 1961
Feb-08-12  ewan14: Exciting game
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  zydeco: I guess 30....Nd5 is the blunder Korchnoi is talking about. Maybe black needs to play 30....e3 here.

25....Rd8 looks a bit safer for black, as does 29....Nf8.

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