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Leonid Stein vs Robert G Hartoch
"Hartoch's Heartache" (game of the day Mar-27-2009)
Amsterdam IBM (1969), Amsterdam NED, rd 15, Aug-02
Caro-Kann Defense: Breyer Variation. Stein Attack (B10)  ·  1-0
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Mar-27-09
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  parisattack: Awesome Stein game! He did like the double finachetto. There's a book (forgot the name) with an entire chapter on the double fianchetto and it features several of Stein's games.
Mar-27-09  eaglewing: I think, the moves 29 Ra8 and 30 Qe7 by Black may have setup the defeat. Ra8 is a waste, accomplishing nothing on the queenside, he just returns to the kingside (31 Rh8) and Qe7 repositions purely passively, on e7 the Queen just protects (g5, f7) and adds no more pressure from d6 to h2.

Would not 29. Rc2 h5 be better? With options of Rh8, h4 and actually using the pressure by the battery Qd6/Be5 towards g3/h2.

29. Rc2 h5 30. Qd1 Rh8 and a rook doubling on the c-file could run into a kingside counter by black. 29. Rc2 h5 30. h4 Bxg3 31. hxg5 Bh4 and both kings feel unsafe.

Did I overlook some immediate threats by White at this point? How would you assess this idea 29. Rc2 h5?

Mar-27-09
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  parisattack: Perhaps GM Keene might illuminate us. He annotates the game in his book on Stein - but I find no notes to move 29.
Mar-27-09
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  kevin86: The double check settles it-mate will come next move at e6.
Mar-27-09  Riverbeast: A beautiful game from the brilliant Leonid Stein!
Mar-27-09  mendellevin: A logical and therefore very beautiful game!
Mar-27-09  Samagonka: Very impressive game. I have rarely seen such a forceful mate.
Mar-27-09  WhiteRook48: brilliant!
Mar-27-09  thegoldenband: <arsen387> 39...Qxf6 40. Qf4 was my thought too, and it does look to be absolutely crushing.
Mar-27-09
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  whiteshark: I'm not so impressed by Stein's play until Hartoch blew the game with <35...Qd6??>. Thereafter he didn't let slip the opportunity.
Mar-27-09
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  dzechiel: Very pretty. Reminded me of a boa constrictor.
Mar-27-09
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  johnlspouge: Strange. Reminded me of an ex-girlfriend :)
Mar-27-09  WhiteRook48: who left the Stein here?
Mar-28-09
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  al wazir: <kellmano>: Yes, after 42. Qd8+, 42...Qxd8 is the move of choice. 42...Kd7 is more than mysterious, it's impossible. Obviously some impostor posted those moves in my name.

<arsen387: 39...Qxf6 40. Qf4.> Yes, that looks like the answer.

Jun-15-09  chesssantosh: i think 39...Qxf6 would be better.Bxd4 is noy easy to achieve for black there are plenty of defenders rook n knight
Nov-12-10  Everett: <whiteshark> what is your suggested improvement to 35..Qd6?
Nov-12-10
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  whiteshark: <Everett: <what is your suggested improvement to 35..Qd6?>> 35...Rd8 and wait and see...


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Nov-12-10
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  ray keene: i think black is strategically destroyed already by move 29-i regard whites position as winning by that point-maybe there is some arcane computer defence ( tho somehow i doubt it) but in practice certainly black is way gone.the method stein chose to win is beautiful but there are various alternative options. i think it makes little difference what black does by then.
Nov-13-10
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  whiteshark: After the suggested <35...Rd8> White shall win with <36.Rxe5! fxe5 37.Rf1!>


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as <37...Qf6 38.Bc1 Rd6 39.Qa2> with the threat of 40.Bg5 is devasting.


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This 36.Rxe5 exchange sacrifice seems to work in any case, so <ray keene>'s assessment seems to be applicable.

Nov-15-10  Everett: Funny, <whiteshark> After reading Keene's post, I looked at your position <after ...Rd8> and thought the exchange sac, Rf1, Bc1 would be one way to continue, and there you go explain it in the next post!
Nov-15-10  Kazzak: If you want to totally fall in love with chess, play through Stein's games - from the first to the last - in the game-file here.

He was an astonishing player.

Sep-18-11  theodor: <<johnlspouge>: Strange. Reminded me of an ex-girlfriend :)> considering your avatar's age, that was some 100 years ago, I suppose.
Nov-02-12  Conrad93: Almost anyone would have sacrificed their rook in that position... and have lost.
Jan-18-14
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  Domdaniel: Of course, 44.Bf7+ is also mate in 2.
Nov-29-14  tranquilsimplicity: This is now the second time that after having abandoned the King's Indian Attack, will actually play it again with the b4, Bb2 idea. And all due to Leonid Stein's stupendous employment of this deceptively simple and seemingly innocuous opening.#
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