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|Jan-26-14|| ||FSR: From Kevin Spraggett 's blog:|
<In the summer of 1973, shortly before the Petropolis Interzonal that he had qualified for, Stein died of a heart attack at the Rossiva Hotel in the center of Moscow . (I remember reading this in the Montreal newspapers at the time!) He was just 38 years old and in his prime. Even the reclusive Bobby Fischer expressed his saddness at this loss. The newspaper accounts of the day pointed to Stein’s excessive smoking and drinking as contributing factors to his early passing…
The story that I have been told (from reasonably reliable sources) is that it was not smoking and drinking that contributed to Stein’s demise as much as it was the stunning beauty of the 18 year old daughter of grandmaster Yuri Averbakh–Nadya Averbakh! As the story goes, she once confided that her secret ambition was to seduce each and every Soviet grandmaster…and that she succeeded!
Alas, poor Stein died of a heart attack in bed. La femme fatale: check and mate!> http://kevinspraggettonchess.wordpr...
Spraggett has a picture of Ms. Averbakh with her husband (GM Mark Taimanov) in 1997. As he says, she is quite the babe.
|Jan-26-14|| ||Gregor Samsa Mendel: I never encountered any chess groupies here in the US. I think a guy came on to me in the men's room during a tournament circa 1980.|
|Jan-26-14|| ||FSR: <GSM> I recall circa 1975 hearing of a bet between two prominent U.S. woman chessplayers as to who could bed the higher-rated player. I remember the women's names but I'm not going to name them. Speaking of chess groupies, Jana Malypetrova Hartston Miles Bellin comes to mind for some reason.|
|Mar-10-14|| ||jerseybob: FSR: Rocky was no longer Veep when he died in January '79. That gig ended at noon on 1/20/77.|
|Mar-10-14|| ||FSR: <jerseybob> Right. Some time after I posted that I realized that I had been in error on that point. Since no one was talking about that story anymore, it didn't seem worth bothering to correct myself.|
|Mar-11-14|| ||jerseybob: FSR: Sorry! I almost felt guilty posting it. There are mistakes in some of my posts which I've not corrected.|
|Mar-11-14|| ||FSR: <jerseybob> No need to apologize. If I hadn't already realized the error (which you had no way of knowing), I'd want to know.|
|Apr-18-14|| ||Conrad93: There really should be an edit button for comments.|
|Apr-18-14|| ||Benzol: <Conrad93> Be careful what you wish for...|
|Apr-18-14|| ||Conrad93: Why? What's the worst that could happen?|
|Apr-18-14|| ||Benzol: That's just the point. The worst could happen.
|Sep-16-14|| ||capafischer1: Stein had a plus record against spassky, tal, keres and bronstein. He had an even record against botvinnik, petrosian and smyslov. Only karpov, fischer, geller and korchnoi had a plus record against him from the famous players. He deserves a modern games collection like in a move by move format. What a fantastic attacking player he was. Always striving for the initiative and going for complications to win many beautiful games.|
|Sep-16-14|| ||chancho: <"Karpov read somewhere that Bishop is stronger than a Knight; in Leonid Stein's hands, not his!"|
|Sep-16-14|| ||Petrosianic: He also had a winning record against Polugaevsky and an even record against Smyslov and Reshevsky.|
|Sep-16-14|| ||capafischer1: The book leonid stein master of attack is a great read. I think you can purchase a copy through amazon.|
|Sep-16-14|| ||chancho: http://www.alibris.com/Leonid-Stein...|
|Sep-16-14|| ||Petrosianic: <Only karpov, fischer, geller and korchnoi had a plus record against him from the famous players.>|
Well, of the TOP players, yes. Of the slightly lower, but still very famous players, Larsen, Portisch and Hort all had +1 scores against Stein.
|Sep-16-14|| ||parisattack: <capafischer1: The book leonid stein master of attack is a great read. I think you can purchase a copy through amazon.>|
Beside's Keene's tome on Stein there is also Gufeld's Master of Risk Strategy and a section on Stein in Crouch's Chess Secrets: Masters of Attack.
I have a couple dozen of his games not on CG.com or in those books from 50s-60s Soviet periodicals. Been promising to send them in for years...perhaps its time. He's always been one of my favorite players.
|May-02-15|| ||offramp: <Offramp>: Leonid, you know smoking is very bad for your heart...?|
<Leonid Stein>: I know. I now only smoke after sexual intercourse.
<Offramp>: That's pretty good!
<Leonid Stein>: Yeah. I'm down to 40 a day.
|Aug-23-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: In the photo he looks to be mid-40s, yet he died before his 39th birthday. Just goes to show the ravages of smoking and drinking. |
Which is why I never smoke when I drink nowadays :)
|Aug-24-15|| ||NeverAgain: It's interesting how in some of his pictures he looks quite a bit like Petrosian:|
even though he was Jewish, not Armenian.
He was also the only Soviet player besides Tal and Bronstein who could boast being on friendly terms with Fischer.
|Aug-24-15|| ||zanzibar: <NA> I guess you're considering Spassky French then?|
|Aug-24-15|| ||NeverAgain: Absolutely. And you must be Arab, going by your nym. ;)|
|Aug-24-15|| ||zanzibar: <NA> The most you can safely assume from my name is that I'm a rather spicy character...|
|Aug-26-15|| ||NeverAgain: <zanzibar>: that's a given.|
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