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Anatoly Lein
A Lein 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 567
Years covered: 1955 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2231
Highest rating achieved in database: 2555

Overall record: +151 -150 =266 (50.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (47) 
    B23 B40 B22 B52 B63
 English (25) 
    A13 A10 A14 A17 A15
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    A46 D02 A45 A40 E00
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E46 E41 E32 E54 E49
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E12 E14 E15 E16 E17
 King's Indian (13) 
    E62 E61 E76 E63 E67
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (37) 
    B56 B28 B21 B42 B92
 French Defense (33) 
    C11 C10 C04 C07 C15
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B17 B10 B13 B15 B18
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C67 C72 C69 C65 C85
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E54 E21 E46 E25 E40
 Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
    D37 D30 D31 D36 D35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Formanek vs A Lein, 1977 0-1
   Ujtumen vs A Lein, 1965 0-1
   Ashley vs A Lein, 1989 0-1
   A Lein vs Joel Benjamin, 1986 1-0
   A Lein vs Polugaevsky, 1966 1-0
   A Lein vs J Barle, 1979 1-0
   Stein vs A Lein, 1964 0-1
   A Lein vs J Kaplan, 1980 1/2-1/2
   Fedorowicz vs A Lein, 1986 1/2-1/2
   A Lein vs Savon, 1967 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vestmannaeyjar (1985)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   USSR Championship 1964/65 (1964)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1967)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings (1980/81) by Chessical
   US Championship 1978 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings (1981/82) by Chessical
   Vestmannaeyjar 1985 by Tabanus
   US Championship 1980 by suenteus po 147

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(born Mar-28-1931, 86 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Anatoly Yakovlevich Lein was born in Leningrad, USSR. Awarded the IM title in 1964 and GM title in 1968, he became Moscow Champion in 1971 (after a playoff). In tournaments he was 1st= at Moscow 1970, 1st at Cienfuegos 1972, 1st at Novi Sad 1972, 1st at Novi Sad 1973 and 1st= at Grand Manan 1984. In 1976, Lein moved to the USA and was 1st= in the 1976 US Open. He also played on the 1978 US Olympiad team. He is still active, having played as recently as the Chicago Open in May 2013. Lein won the New Jersey championship four consecutive years (1992-5).

References: (1) , (2) Wikipedia article: Anatoly Lein

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 567  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Chekhover vs A Lein  ½-½571955OdessaE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
2. A Lein vs Kholmov 0-1391955URS-chT sfA33 English, Symmetrical
3. A Lein vs Antoshin  ½-½431955URS-ch sfE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
4. A Bannik vs A Lein  0-1421955OdessaB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
5. Kholmov vs A Lein  ½-½241955URS-ch sfE16 Queen's Indian
6. A Lein vs Taimanov  ½-½471955USSRB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
7. A Lein vs Lutikov 1-0461955URS-ch sfB32 Sicilian
8. M Mukhitdinov vs A Lein  ½-½411955URS-ch sfC11 French
9. A Lein vs Tal 1-0921955VilniusB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
10. B Vladimirov vs A Lein  ½-½311955URS-ch sfE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. A Lein vs Geller  ½-½241955USSRB50 Sicilian
12. V P Cherbak vs A Lein  1-0571959RussiaC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. Keres vs A Lein  ½-½411961USSR Championship 1961bC10 French
14. A Lein vs Smyslov  0-1411961USSR Championship 1961bC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. Kholmov vs A Lein  1-0421961USSR Championship 1961bC77 Ruy Lopez
16. A Lein vs Bronstein  ½-½171961USSR Championship 1961bB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
17. Polugaevsky vs A Lein  ½-½671961USSR Championship 1961bD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. A Lein vs Nezhmetdinov  1-0491961USSR Championship 1961bC41 Philidor Defense
19. Gurgenidze vs A Lein  ½-½571961USSR Championship 1961bC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
20. A Lein vs Spassky  ½-½401961USSR Championship 1961bC71 Ruy Lopez
21. A Khasin vs A Lein  ½-½241961USSR Championship 1961bD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. A Lein vs Taimanov ½-½341961USSR Championship 1961bB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
23. B Vladimirov vs A Lein  1-0331961USSR Championship 1961bE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
24. A Lein vs L Shamkovich  ½-½591961USSR Championship 1961bA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
25. Tal vs A Lein  ½-½811961USSR Championship 1961bB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
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  GrahamClayton: I remember when a pair of international tournaments were held in Australia in 1979, one at Brisbane and one at Sydney. Lein was one of the overseas GM's invited to compete in both tournaments, and won the Brisbane tournament ahead of Raymond Keene. I went down to the venue for the Sydney tournament so that I could see what a real GM looked like!
Mar-28-10  wordfunph: At the World Open held in Philadelphia in July 2003, GM Anatoly Lein told a photographer to please not to take his picture. He pleaded that his shirt was not fit for picture-taking and he needed a shave. Sure enough, there he was the next day, clean shaven in fresh blue shirt.

happy 79th birthday GM Lein!

Oct-04-10  jrofrano: I met GM Lein the other day at the Cleveland open. He was telling me (and others nearby) about a great Kholmov game (with Keres) as he was looking through an old game collection by Kholmov. A real interesting/funny guy.
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  Marmot PFL: Will turn 80 in a few days, the good lord willin. Still rated over 2300 last i saw.
Mar-14-11  Resignation Trap: @ jrofrano: The game Kholmov vs Keres, 1959 was undoubtedly the one being reviewed. Speaking of Kholmov, he and Lein can be seen in this photo: (their names on the signs are in Georgian), during this game: A Lein vs Suetin, 1969 . And don't forget: he's only five days younger than Korchnoi!
Mar-28-11  Resignation Trap: Happy 80th Birthday, Anatoly Yakovlevich!
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  Fusilli: He played the World Open in Philadelphia in early July. His rating has continued to suffer, but who cares... he is 80 years old, for God's sake! I think it is wonderful that he still plays. He obviously loves the game and it still gives him joy.
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  wwall: Wrap99, I don't know if Lein was a professional mathematician, but he was listed as an engineer in Leningrad (source: Chess Life, April 1967). In 1967, Lisa Lane was US co-champion. Anatoly's wife, Marina Lein, was a noted chess player in Moscow at the time.
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Lein!
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Lein!
Mar-28-12  wordfunph: 1998 World Open in Philadelphia:

68-year-old GM Anatoly Lein is full of sense of humor. When Jerry Hanken's time to depart with him, Hanken said: "Good night, Anatoly." The GM smiled and shot back, "Good bishop."

Happy Birthday, GM Lein!

Mar-28-12  jackpawn: I literally ran into Lein once. Soon after he came to the US he and I played in a tournament in Chicago. It was before the first round and we were all quickly making our way to our tables. In my haste I ran into an older gentlemen (at least in my young eyes). I said 'excuse me' and didn't think anything of it. Once we all sat down he was introduced as International Grandmaster Lein from the USSR! He wasn't well known in the US so I didn't make the connection when I ran into him. Anyway, my small (very small!) brush with fame.
Mar-28-12  waustad: You are now a perfect square! Congrats.
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  Joshka: Playing in the Cleveland Open this weekend and Lein is still at the chess wars! He's fit and looks great as well!!
Dec-06-12  wordfunph: "I forgot to buy cigarettes, can you please bring me some packets?"

- GM Anatoly Lein (to deputy arbiter Guilherme Junqueira upon arriving on the board in 1979 Sao Paulo City Tournament against IM Herman van Riemsdijk)

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  hansj: "I forgot to buy cigarettes, can you please bring me some packets?" That story about how many packets he smoked during that long game appears in New in Chess by IM van Riemsdijk.
Mar-28-15  Strongest Force: That's exactly why I came here today. That is precisely how I remember AL: "please buy me this, that and the other..."
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Lein!
Jul-20-15  wrap99: I remain interested if anyone can shed light on his mathematical background. From a casual conversation, I know he knew about number theory. As I mentioned, I had heard he did work in developing radar for the USSR.

He also was in Leningrad during the siege of that city during The Great Patriotic War.

Sep-20-15  optimal play: Anatoly Lein won the 1979 Brisbane International but I notice none of his games from that tournament are on the CG database.

This one is probably worth submitting...

[Event "Brisbane International"]
[Site "Brisbane, Australia"]
[EventDate "1979.10.01"]
[Date "1979.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Lein, Anatoly"]
[Black "Robatsch, Karl"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2535"]
[BlackElo "2435"]
[ECO "A05"]
[PlyCount "151"]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b6 3.c4 Bb7 4.Bg2 g6 5.b3 Bg7 6.Bb2 d6 7.d4 Nbd7 8.O-O e6 9.Nc3 Ne4 10.Nxe4 Bxe4 11.Qd2 O-O 12.Rfd1 Qe7 13.Rac1 a5 14.Ba3 Rad8 15. Qe3 Bb7 16.Ne1 Bxg2 17.Nxg2 Rfe8 18.Rc2 c5 19.Bb2 Nb8 20.Qf3 Qc7 21.Rcd2 Nc6 22.e3 a4 23.h4 Na5 24.Rd3 axb3 25.axb3 d5 26.cxd5 Rxd5 27.Nf4 Rdd8 28.h5 Qb7 29.Qe2 c4 30.bxc4 Nxc4 31.hxg6 hxg6 32.Rb3 Nxb2 33.Qxb2 e5 34.Rxb6 Qe4 35.Ne2 exd4 36.Nxd4 Rd5 37.Rb8 Red8 38.Qb7 Rxb8 39.Qxb8+ Kh7 40.Qb1 Qg4 41.Ne2 Rf5 42.Nf4 Be5 43.Rd5 Bxf4 44.Rxf5 gxf5 45.exf4 Qg6 46.Qd3 Qe6 47.g4 Kg8 48.Qxf5 Qe1+ 49.Kg2 Qd1 50.Qg5+ Kf8 51.Qh6+ Kg8 52.Qh3 Qd5+ 53.Qf3 Qe6 54.f5 Qe5 55.Qe3 Qd5+ 56.Kg3 Qd6+ 57.f4 Qc6 58.g5 Qb5 59.f6 Qc6 60.Qe5 Qc4 61.Kg4 Qc6 62.Kg3 Qc4 63.Qe8+ Kh7 64.Qf8 Kg6 65.Qh6+ Kf5 66.Qh7+ Ke6 67.Qh3+ Kd6 68.Qf5 Qb3+ 69.Kh4 Qf3 70.Qg4 Qh1+ 71.Qh3 Qd1 72.Qe3 Qh1+ 73.Kg3 Qh5 74.Qd3+ Ke6 75.Qf3 Qh7 76.Qc6+ 1-0

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Lein finished in clear 1st place with a score of 7/10 (+6/=3/-1) ahead of Ray Keene 6/10 (+3/=7/-0) and Ian Rogers 6/10 (+4/=4/-2).

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Anatoly Lein.
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  bubuli55: GM Anatoly Lein will celebrate his 86 years on the 28th. His last tourney was at the 2013 Ohio Chess Congress, Open section placing 6th with a score of 4/6. Advanced Happy Birthday!
Mar-15-17  wrap99: I knew him many years ago. I wish him the best.
Mar-16-17  Granny O Doul: I heard he also worked as a circus acrobat. As for I Play the Fred's question above, I don't know, but maybe the game L Bass vs K Spraggett, 1983 relates. I remember Lein talking about having looked with Bass at the idea of playing to capture the a-pawn, and I think I remember him also complaining that someone else got credit. Bass's game was written up by Byrne in the NY Times, though. As for Lein's joke to Hanken above, I think "bad bishop" instead was the mot juste.
Mar-18-17  wrap99: I heard about the circus/acrobat. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I think he was a professional mathematician who made contributions to Soviet radar. He also may have lived through part of the siege of Leningrad -- probably was evacuated. He certainly played some great players, beat Tal. He is one of the last of an era.
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