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Leonid Stein
Number of games in database: 696
Years covered: 1948 to 1973
Highest rating achieved in database: 2620
Overall record: +279 -80 =334 (64.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (67) 
    C91 C93 C96 C92 C95
 Sicilian (67) 
    B44 B32 B92 B47 B42
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (47) 
    C91 C93 C96 C92 C95
 English (26) 
    A15 A10 A17 A16 A14
 French Defense (24) 
    C19 C05 C07 C11 C18
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B10 B17 B18 B15 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (108) 
    B27 B57 B61 B60 B31
 King's Indian (88) 
    E92 E82 E80 E62 E69
 Grunfeld (33) 
    D90 D93 D79 D94 D87
 Modern Benoni (21) 
    A56 A57 A64 A79 A75
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C92 C95 C89 C96 C78
 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 R Hartoch, 1969 1-0
   Stein vs Tal, 1971 1-0
   Stein vs V Lepeshkin, 1965 1-0
   Poltoranov vs Stein, 1955 0-1
   Stein vs Korchnoi, 1964 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1965)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   Moscow (1967)
   Moscow (1971)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   Yerevan (1965)
   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 by jakaiden
   Leonid Stein - Master of Attack by Kasekrainer
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
   Leonid Stein's Best Games by KingG
   Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors Vol. 3 by Anatoly21
   Nikki KIA by reurbz

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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 he qualified for the Soviet Championship for the first time, placing third and gaining the International Grandmaster title. In the 1960's, 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 he 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).

Stein might have qualified in the 1973 cycle, but as he was preparing to leave for Bath, he collapsed of an apparent heart attack in the Rossiya Hotel in Moscow, only 38 years old.

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 696  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. M Usachyi vs Stein 0-134 1957 Ch UkraineA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
10. B Vladimirov vs Stein  0-157 1957 RUS-UKR mA56 Benoni Defense
11. Stein vs B Vladimirov  ½-½29 1957 RUS-UKR mB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. Lilienthal vs Stein 1-028 1957 Kiev, USSRE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. Stein vs Flohr 0-134 1957 Ch UkraineB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
14. Remeniuk vs Stein 1-019 1959 Kharkov (Ukraine)B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. Stein vs I Nei 0-141 1959 URS-ch sf playoffB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. L Shamkovich vs Stein  ½-½73 1959 Olympiad URSE70 King's Indian
17. Stein vs Furman 1-041 1959 Olympiad URSB44 Sicilian
18. Stein vs Zamikhovsky  1-050 1959 UKR-chD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Savon vs Stein  ½-½13 1959 UKR-chE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
20. I Nei vs Stein  ½-½20 1959 URS-ch sf playoffD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
21. Gufeld vs Stein  ½-½53 1959 UKR-chC44 King's Pawn Game
22. Stein vs J Klavins 1-034 1959 Olympiad URSB42 Sicilian, Kan
23. A Bannik vs Stein  0-166 1959 UKR-chE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. Stein vs I Nei 1-062 1959 URS-ch sf playoffA06 Reti Opening
25. Stein vs M V Shishov  ½-½48 1959 Olympiad URSC44 King's Pawn Game
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  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.

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  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.
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  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.
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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.
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