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Rafael Vaganian vs Leonid Stein
USSR Championship (1970), Riga URS, rd 19, Dec-23
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Uhlmann-Szabo System (E62)  ·  0-1


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Dec-21-10  Everett: 27..Nxg3! sacs a piece to entomb white's Bg2 while creating the best square on the board for a knight at f4.

I wonder if someone with prophylactic tendencies would play 16.f4 e4 17.Be3 b6 18.Rfd1 and Bd4. I don't think it's better than the text, but I feel the e5-f5 pawn duo to be a consistent issue for white in these positions.

Aug-26-12  Capacorn: Just finished going over this game in Keene's "Leonid Stein: Master of Attack." The move 27...Nxg3!! is quite stunning. It combines a number of hidden tactical themes white cannot effectively defend against. Shots like that always seem to me like the player delivering the blow is cracking a walnut. Vaganian resigned after Stein’s fortieth move, for Kd3 loses the queen and all other moves end in mate. An enjoyable game with some very nice attacking flourishes by “the master.”
Nov-30-14  tranquilsimplicity: A pawn sacrifice ..h6 that gives Black a devastating initiative along with elegant piece positioning to effect and complete a ruthless attack!#
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