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Svetozar Gligoric vs Leonid Stein
Stockholm Interzonal Playoff (1962), Stockholm SWE, rd 2, Mar-10
English Opening: Great Snake Variation (A10)  ·  0-1


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Mar-02-12  King Death: This game was played in the first round of the playoff for the final Candidates spot not the Interzonal.

One thing I don't understand is why the organizers bothered to have Stein in this playoff where he won all three games he played but couldn't qualify anyway. A short match between Benko and Gligoric would've been enough, the same way it was in the next cycle between Reshevsky and Portisch.

Mar-02-12  ewan14: I believe if one of the Soviets who had qualified pulled out ( eg due to illness ) then Stein could have played in the Candidates ( as 1st reserve )

I believe FIDE always wanted a ( first ) reserve in the case of a Candidate falling ill etc

Mar-02-12  ewan14: Wild game !
Mar-02-12  ewan14: I believe ( again ) there is an interesting article on the internet on how Gligoric was in a fair position to qualify for Curaco but lost to a lower graded player he was '' expected '' to defeat
Mar-02-12  King Death: <ewan14> That happened (and this was just the first time) in Stockholm for sure: M Aaron vs Portisch, 1962. Gligoric finished the event with draws in rounds 19-23.
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  Fusilli: 12.h4 seems risky. Would 12.f4 be a possibility?
Mar-02-12  King Death: < Fusilli: 12.h4 seems risky. Would 12.f4 be a possibility?>

Your suggestion is a typical idea, just the way Black can play in the Closed Sicilian (Spassky vs Portisch, 1980).

Aug-09-14  jerseybob: Fusilli: To me, the riskiest move Gligo makes is 1.c4. He just wasn't an English player!
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