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Svetozar Gligoric vs Leonid Stein
"Leonid Meteor" (game of the day May-31-2009)
URS-YUG (1962), Lviv UKR, rd 6, Jul-??
King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation (E70)  ·  0-1


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May-31-09  sfm: Terrific! A real cliff-hanger, impossible to predict the outcome.
May-31-09  Confuse: <Poohblah> The simple Qxc7 wins.
May-31-09  randomsac: Nice game. It was exciting when both sides got passed pawns within the first 20 moves.
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  ajile: This is a Benoni I believe by transposition.
May-31-09  WhiteRook48: brilliant game!
May-31-09  drnooo: Well, here we go. For me this is absolutely the worst so called pun they have ever used here. If it IS a pun, that is. Its more like a tree falling in the forest that nobody hears. A good pun should be fairly universal This one is too obscure. If a meteor is so small that it kills only one ant how deadly is it. Un einSTEIN herr Gligoric, ehh? At least we would have a pretty good guess whom and what you would be talking about. Here we have only the few hunched over their telescopes scanning the nightly sky. Good puns are not only NOT trite and true. they travel the gray matter of every a locomotive and can leap small buildings in a single bound. You know, like Superman. They have had some good ,sometimes great puns here. This ain't one of them.
Back to the drawing board.
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  Sneaky: <For me this is absolutely the worst so called pun they have ever used here.> You must be new here? <A good pun should be fairly universal This one is too obscure.> The Leonid Meteor shower is pretty well known. I'm no astronomy buff, I can't find the "Big Dipper" in the sky if my life depended on it, but I definitely know about the Leonid Meteor Shower.

<Every year in November we are treated to an unusual and fascinating sky show called the Leonid meteor shower. If you live in the right place and stand outside at the right time, you can see hundreds or thousands of shooting stars every hour.>

Hundreds or thousands of shooting stars, every hour! WOW! If you've ever seen a meteor in your life, there's an excellent chance what you witnessed was one of the Leonid meteors bursting into flames when it hit earth's atmosphere.

I do agree that it's not an amazing pun, just a trite observation. However it certainly is one of Stein's best games ever so as far as GOTD quality goes, this one has to be up there.

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  keypusher: I like the pun because it works on multiple levels: it references Stein's meteoric life and brilliant, blazing games.
May-31-09  steve123456: Why wasn't 48....Rxf2 played?56....Kxh8??
May-31-09  steve123456: Oh, wait, i know why 56....Kxh8 wasn't played.
May-31-09  Travis Bickle: <Sneaky: <For me this is absolutely the worst so called pun they have ever used here.> You must be new here? <A good pun should be fairly universal This one is too obscure.> The Leonid Meteor shower is pretty well known. I'm no astronomy buff, I can't find the "Big Dipper" in the sky if my life depended on it, but I definitely know about the Leonid Meteor Shower.> I have found the big dipper more times than I can count but never heard of the Leonid Meteor shower. P.S. I dont care about the pun the game was fascinating and Stein was a great player!
May-31-09  xrt999: I really lvov this game
May-31-09  waustad: Gligoric is about to take a bath in this one.
May-31-09  ForeverYoung: Amazing game. thank you!!
May-31-09  Imposter: Stein's fighting qualities and brilliance are undeniable, and we still mourn his early demise, as well as all those other brilliant players who passed away before realizing their full potential. That being said, this was a patchy game that underscores Tartakower's maxim that he who makes the next to last mistake wins the game.

Gligoric missed three winning moves, starting with <28.b4>, (<28.g4?>> is a very poor move), and of course <41.c6!>, winning easily. To be fair to Gligoric, <41.Qh6> was probably the final hurried move before the time control.

But...missing the simple <43.c6!> after Black's poor <43...Ba5?>, winning a piece and the game, presumably after an overnight adjournment is incomprehensible. When he finally gets around to that move on move 45 (<45.Kg2> holds), it loses!

All that aside, the spectacular tableau created by Stein's <48...e3>, and its aftermath, is worth the price of admission.

May-31-09  JustAFish: Incidentally, Sneaky, the Leonid Meteor Shower is strong- that is it's "Zenithal Hourly Rate" (the number a perfect observer would count in an hour)- is hundreds to thousands of meteors per hour only for a few years only after the 33 year orbit of comet Tempel-Tuttle brings it into the inner solar system. The debris field of that comet is densest just "behind" the comet, and then peters off as the comet leaves the inner solar system. Moreover, the very strong "peaks" of this meteor shower tend to last only a short while, and are therefore confined to places on Earth that happen to be favorably sitatuated at that time- that is, in the dark, facing into the stream.

However, if all things line up, the shower can be spectacular. I have enjoyed three good sightings of this shower in 1999, 2000, and 2001.

Jun-01-09  gauer: <Sneaky> A person whom has seen a meteor is much more likely to have seen an August Perseid almost any time during that month - perhaps during something like camping, where it is darker - since the stream distribution is so wide-spread for the ZHR count. Probably because of the stream density of the ices left by the parent comet passage periods, Leonid storms are generally quelled in their non-storm years, have a short ZHR window of only a few hours during a couple of nights, & usually only act up within that ~30 year period. Seeing some (even seeing a ZHR of ~1000/hour one year - certainly storm rate) of the storm years was fun (it's amongst the fastest of streams - much the way these Pawns travel here - whew, got back onto the chess topic, too...), but among the next years, lately the counts at this date make the shower seem like little more than background noise - especially during full moon in mid-November Canuck temperatures.
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  kevin86: A great game! With all of those powerful pawns,black's winning move is to hide behind WHITE'S advanced pawn.
Oct-26-09  WhiteRook48: white's last trap was 56...Kxh8?? 57 c8=Q+
Aug-27-10  sevenseaman: Stein is sure of his ownpawn promotion and deftly sidesteps the White pawn promotion with.. 57. Kh5 away in a safe haven.
Oct-11-10  eightbyeight: 48. ... e3!!! White offers a rook sac, only to have Black offer another. I still can't figure out how many !'s to give it. 48. ... e3!!!!

"Accurate to the end - the pawns are more important than the rook." -Timothy Taylor.

Nov-02-12  Conrad93: The song is actually "Insane in the Brain."
Dec-22-12  leka: The finnish player Kaarle Ojanen elo rating 2563 world ranking 89th told me that L.Stein beat him in blitz 9 wins one loss.Stein blitz rating 2916.Fischer in 1970 blitz elo rating score 2991.Stein beat Tal 3 wins one loss.Stein beat a weak Gligoric 7 wins one loss
Jul-15-18  Bassifondi: Carnevale:

22. a4 Qxf1+ 23. Rxf1 Bxe4 24. Qxe4 Rxf1#

Jul-15-18  ewan14: What a game !!!
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