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Leonid Stein
Number of games in database: 698
Years covered: 1948 to 1973
Highest rating achieved in database: 2620

Overall record: +281 -80 =334 (64.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (67) 
    C91 C93 C92 C96 C95
 Sicilian (67) 
    B44 B32 B43 B47 B42
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (47) 
    C91 C93 C96 C92 C95
 English (26) 
    A15 A10 A13 A12 A16
 French Defense (24) 
    C19 C05 C07 C11 C18
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B10 B17 B18 B15 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (109) 
    B27 B57 B61 B60 B52
 King's Indian (88) 
    E82 E92 E80 E62 E69
 Grunfeld (33) 
    D90 D79 D93 D87 D92
 Modern Benoni (21) 
    A56 A57 A75 A79 A64
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C92 C95 C96 C89 C93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (16) 
    C92 C95 C89 C96 C98
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Stein vs Portisch, 1962 1-0
   Krogius vs Stein, 1960 0-1
   Gligoric vs Stein, 1962 0-1
   Stein vs Smyslov, 1972 1-0
   Stein vs Petrosian, 1961 1-0
   Stein vs Tal, 1971 1-0
   Poltoranov vs Stein, 1955 0-1
   Stein vs R Hartoch, 1969 1-0
   Stein vs Birbrager, 1966 1-0
   Stein vs Vladimir Lepeshkin, 1965 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1965)
   Moscow (1967)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   Moscow (1971)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   Yerevan (1965)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   USSR Championship 1964/65 (1964)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Leonid Stein - Master of Risk Strategy//jakaiden by fredthebear
   Leonid Stein - Master of Risk Strategy by jakaiden
   Leonid Stein - Master of Attack by Kasekrainer by fredthebear
   Leonid Stein - Master of Attack by Kasekrainer
   Move by Move - Stein (Engqvist) by Qindarka
   Leonid Stein's Best Games by KingG
   Power Chess - Stein by Anatoly21

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(born Nov-12-1934, died Jul-04-1973, 38 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Russia)
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Leonid Zakharovich Stein was born in (the) Ukraine. He became a master at the age of twenty-four--unusually late for one who goes on to become a player of his caliber. Three years later, Stein qualified for the Soviet Championship for the first time, placing third and gaining the International Grandmaster title (1962). In the 1960s, he signaled his arrival among the world's elite with a string of strong tournament victories, including three U.S.S.R. Championships 1963 [rusbase-1], 1965 [rusbase-2] and 1966/7 [rusbase-3]. Although Stein never qualified for the Candidates, he came extremely close in 1962 and 1964 (when he would have qualified if not for a rule restricting the number of candidates from one country) and again in 1967 (where he was eliminated after drawing a tie-break playoff with Vlastimil Hort and Samuel Reshevsky due to the latter's better tiebreaks).

As Stein was preparing to leave for Bath, England for the European Team Championship, he collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack in the Rossiya Hotel in Moscow, aged 38.

Garry Kasparov wrote that Stein "went beyond the bounds of Botvinnik-Smyslov harmony, expanding the limits of our understanding of the game, changing our impressions of the correlation of material and quality of position, of situations with disrupted material and strategic balance, and created the grounds for the emergence of modern, ultra-dynamic chess". (My Great Predecessors Vol. 3, p. 231)

Wikipedia article: Leonid Stein

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 698  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Golembo vs Stein  1-021 1948 Category IV TtC34 King's Gambit Accepted
2. V Shiyanovsky vs Stein  1-027 1950 Ukraine Team ChB03 Alekhine's Defense
3. E Lazarev vs Stein 0-134 1951 Ukrainian Junior ChC05 French, Tarrasch
4. V Liublinsky vs Stein 0-134 1955 Ch Armed ForcesC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
5. L Goltsov vs Stein 0-133 1955 TournamentE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
6. Poltoranov vs Stein 0-125 1955 Ch Armed ForcesA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
7. Stein vs V Soloviev  1-036 1956 Ch Armed ForcesB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. E Zagorjansky vs Stein 0-150 1956 Ch Moscow (1/2 final)E70 King's Indian
9. Stein vs B Vladimirov  ½-½29 1957 RUS-UKR mB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
10. Stein vs Flohr 0-134 1957 Ch UkraineB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
11. M Usachyi vs Stein 0-134 1957 Ch UkraineA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
12. Lilienthal vs Stein 1-028 1957 Kiev, USSRE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. B Vladimirov vs Stein  0-157 1957 RUS-UKR mA56 Benoni Defense
14. Stein vs V Osnos 1-024 1959 Ch URS (1/2 final)B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
15. L Shamkovich vs Stein  ½-½73 1959 Olympiad URSE70 King's Indian
16. Stein vs Spassky ½-½18 1959 USSR club ChC21 Center Game
17. Remeniuk vs Stein 1-019 1959 Kharkov (Ukraine)B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. Stein vs I Nei 1-062 1959 URS-ch sf playoffA06 Reti Opening
19. Stein vs Y Krutikhin  ½-½44 1959 Olympiad URSB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
20. Gufeld vs Stein  ½-½53 1959 UKR-chC44 King's Pawn Game
21. Stein vs Furman 1-041 1959 Olympiad URSB44 Sicilian
22. Savon vs Stein  ½-½13 1959 UKR-chE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
23. Stein vs J Klavins 1-034 1959 Olympiad URSB42 Sicilian, Kan
24. A Bannik vs Stein  0-166 1959 UKR-chE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. I Nei vs Stein  1-032 1959 URS-ch sf playoffA35 English, Symmetrical
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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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  Benzol: <Conrad93> Be careful what you wish for...


Apr-18-14  Conrad93: Why? What's the worst that could happen?
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  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.
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  chancho: <"Karpov read somewhere that Bishop is stronger than a Knight; in Leonid Stein's hands, not his!"

~Viktor Korchnoi>

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.
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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.

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  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 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.

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  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 :)

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  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.

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  zanzibar: <NA> I guess you're considering Spassky French then?
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  NeverAgain: Absolutely. And you must be Arab, going by your nym. ;)
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  zanzibar: <NA> The most you can safely assume from my name is that I'm a rather spicy character...

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  NeverAgain: <zanzibar>: that's a given.
Feb-21-16  WorstPlayerEver: @FSR

Uhm.. Mark Taimanov is 90 years old.
According to my data Nadya is 35 years younger than Mark. So she cannot have been older than 13 when Leonid Stein died, but okay.. people like to hear nonsense, apparently it makes them feel 'good'...

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  parisattack: Stein has long been one of my favorite players. Aggressive with a somewhat hypermodern repertoire. His English is excellent!

Four tomes of games:

Leonid Stein: Master of Attack - Keene

Leonid Stein: Master of Risk Strategy - Gufeld

Chess Secrets: Great Attackers - Crouch has a full section on Stein, though I see him more as a power player.

Stein: Move-by-Move - Engquist

The Engquist volume has a excellent biography with (perhaps) the true story of his untimely demise. It is my favorite book of the group.

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  parisattack: Tom Unger's very excellent book, Strategical Themes (Thinker's Press 1989), has a number of Stein's games with the double-fianchetto both as white and black.
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