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Bent Larsen vs Leonid Stein
USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970), Belgrade SRB, rd 4, Apr-04
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  1-0
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Feb-04-06
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  plang: How did Stein die?
Feb-04-06  aw1988: Heart attack.
Feb-05-06
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  plang: At 39? That makes me feel lucky.
Feb-10-06
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  perfidious: <plang> Stein had a heart attack just before the Leningrad Interzonal, not long before his thirty-ninth birthday. Korchnoi,in noting his passing in his auto-biography, referred to this cause of death as 'the chess player's occupational disease'.
Mar-02-06  Everett: I don't want to spread rumors and so state now that I have no facts or research done on this matter. That said, I have heard Stein's passing was an embarassing accident covered up.
Apr-26-06  DP12: I have heard the same.
May-29-06  stanleys: Larsen's position after the opening is really suspicious.There must be a way for black to exploit the bad placement of whites' pieces
Nov-12-06
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  sfm: <stanleys: Larsen's position...suspicious. .. must be a way .. to exploit the bad placement..> What position, after which move, do you have in mind?
Dec-12-06  stanleys: <sfm: <stanleys: Larsen's position...suspicious. .. must be a way .. to exploit the bad placement..> What position, after which move, do you have in mind?>

Let's say after 17.R:e4.There are interesting possibilities such as 17...c5 or 17...Nf7

Aug-07-07  Helios727: So Larsen actually had a plus score in this event in spite of his embarrassing 17 move loss to Spassky. That's good to know.
Aug-12-07  paul1959: <stanleys> 17...c5 19 Nc2 is OK for White. 17...Nf7 (wins material) 18 Rxe8 Qxe8 19 Re1 Bxd4+ 20 Kh1 Be5 21 f4 Nxg5 22 fxe5 then after either 22...Nf7 or Ne6 , 23 exd6 followed by Bd5 (or Bh3) and White will have strong counterplay on the pinned Knight at e6. At the 17th move White has a dnagerous lead in development in an open position and that is why Stein simplifies but keeps the important Bg7 for defence of the King side.
Mar-24-08
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  whiteshark: Round 4: A surprise move by the captain of the USSR team [ namely Lev Yakovlevich Abramov ] before the last round added to its tension. He replaced no one else than the World Champion, Boris Spassky, whose loss in the previous round [ i.e. Spassky vs Larsen, 1970 ] was his first defeat after he won the title last summer. He was replaced with <Stein>, three times USSR Champion.

...

On the top board, <Larsen> felt himself obliged to play for the public. He triumphed again in an exciting game with <Stein>, thus winning the Best Game of the Round Award, and a car for himself, too.

Aug-29-08
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  whiteshark: Interesting to follow the player's annotations in detail.

From the Bulletin...

Aug-29-08
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  whiteshark: Position after <9...Re8>:


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better is <10.h3> (Larsen);

better is <10.Be3> (Larsen) <10...Nc5 11.f3!> (Stein)

Aug-29-08
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  whiteshark: Position after <13...f5!>:


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<14.exf5?? Ned3!+> (Larsen) <15.Re2 Rxe3!> (Stein)

Aug-29-08
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  whiteshark: Position after <14.Qd2!>:


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<14...Ned3! 15.Re2 fxe4 16.Nxe4> (16.fxe4 Ne5 17.Bg5 Nxc4!) <16...Nxe4 17.Qxd3 Nc5> (Stein)

Aug-29-08
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  whiteshark: Position after <15.Bg5!>:


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I) <15...Bf6!> (Stein) <16.Bxf6 Qxf6 17.Nxe4 Nxe4 18.Rxe4 c5> (18...Bf5! (!=Larsen)/(?! (Stein) 19.Rf4 (!=Larsen)

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a) 19.Ree1 Nd3;

b) 19.Re3 Nc6 (19...Nd3 20.Nc2 Rxe3 21.Qxe3 Nb4! (Stein)); <>>

19...Nc6 (19...c5 20.Nxf5 gxf5 21.Qc3 Re6 22.Bh3) 20.Rd1 Nxd4 21.Rxd4 Re7= (Stein))

<19.f4! cxd4 20.Qxd4 Bf5 21.fxe5 dxe5 22.Qd5+ Kh8 23.Re2 Re7=> (Larsen);

II) <15...Nxc4?! 16.bxc4 Bxd4+ 17.Qxd4 Qxg5 18.Nd5!> (Larsen)

Aug-29-08
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  whiteshark: Position after <17.Rxe4>:


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I) <17...d5 18.cxd5 Qxd5 19.f4> (19.Rae1! with the idea of 20.f4 (Stein)) <19...Nf3+ 20.Bxf3 Rxe4> (Stein):


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. . .

II) <17...Nf7!+> (Murej) <18.Rxe8+> (18.Bh3 Rxe4! 19.Bxd7 Rxd4; 18.Rae1 Bxd4+) <18...Qxe8 19.Be3 c5>:


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Aug-29-08
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  whiteshark: Position after <17...Nc6>:


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<18.Nxc6!>

[18.Rxe8+? Qxe8 19.Be3 Qxe3+ + (Larsen/Stein);

18.Be3 Rxe4= (Larsen) 19.fxe4 Qe8 (Stein)]

May-14-17  Albion 1959: Superb technical achievement by Larsen. I am surprised that these two chess talents only ever played each other three times over a six year period. Okay, so Stein's premature death curtailed the prospect of more games with Larsen. Had they met more often, I'm sure that we would have seen many more interesting games from them:
May-14-17
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  morfishine: Define "technical achievement" as it pertains to chess

Or is this another one of those terms "Want-to-be" players/chess annotators use to enhance their credibility in the eyes of others?

I don't think you even know what a "technical achievement" is, so why are you tossing around such misleading and inaccurate terms?

*****

May-14-17
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  perfidious: <Everett: I don't want to spread rumors and so state now that I have no facts or research done on this matter. That said, I have heard Stein's passing was an embarassing accident covered up.>

Anecdotal evidence--so far as I know--had it that he indeed died of a heart attack, while enjoying the company of a young lady who was the daughter of another renowned GM.

May-15-17  Albion 1959: To morfishine. I think you need to get out more and get more fun out life. And as for your penchant for Fischerandom 960 chess. Good luck to you!
May-15-17
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  Sally Simpson: Morf is not allowed till 2027 and that is with good behaviour.

He does not like Fischerandom 960 chess, it's just that he has not yet figured out how the pieces line up at the start of a game.

When he does will this be his "technical achievement?"

May-15-17
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  morfishine: <Sally Simpson: Morf is not allowed till 2027 and that is with good behaviour.

He does not like Fischerandom 960 chess, it's just that he has not yet figured out how the pieces line up at the start of a game.

When he does will this be his "technical achievement?">

LOL even if I still have not been presented with an accurate definition of "technical achievement"

< Albion 1959: To morfishine. I think you need to get out more and get more fun out life> You don't know me, I get out plenty, and have lots of fun

<And as for your penchant for Fischerandom 960 chess. Good luck to you!> Thank you very much, frankly I've never had so much fun with my rating drifting up to 1900 then plummenting down to 1700

Oh well, its the fun that counts

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