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Stein 
 
Leonid Stein
Number of games in database: 701
Years covered: 1948 to 1973
Highest rating achieved in database: 2620
Overall record: +279 -81 =338 (64.2%)*
   * 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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (68) 
    C91 C93 C96 C92 C95
 Sicilian (67) 
    B44 B32 B92 B47 B42
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (48) 
    C91 C93 C96 C92 C95
 English (26) 
    A15 A10 A17 A16 A14
 French Defense (25) 
    C19 C05 C07 C11 C16
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B10 B17 B18 B15 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (108) 
    B27 B57 B61 B60 B31
 King's Indian (90) 
    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?]
   Krogius vs Stein, 1960 0-1
   Stein vs Portisch, 1962 1-0
   Gligoric vs Stein, 1962 0-1
   Stein vs Smyslov, 1972 1-0
   Stein vs R Hartoch, 1969 1-0
   Stein vs Petrosian, 1961 1-0
   Stein vs Tal, 1971 1-0
   Stein vs V Lepeshkin, 1965 1-0
   Poltoranov vs Stein, 1955 0-1
   Stein vs Tal, 1961 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1963)
   USSR Championship (1965)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   Moscow (1967)
   Moscow (1971)
   Yerevan (1965)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   USSR Championship 1964/65 (1964)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   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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LEONID STEIN
(born Nov-12-1934, died Jul-04-1973) Ukraine (citizen of Russia)
PRONUNCIATION:
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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 29; games 1-25 of 701  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. Poltoranov vs Stein 0-125 1955 Ch Armed ForcesA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
5. V Liublinsky vs Stein 0-134 1955 Ch Armed ForcesC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
6. L Goltsov vs Stein 0-133 1955 TournamentE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
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 Flohr 0-134 1957 Ch UkraineB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
10. M Usachyi vs Stein 0-134 1957 Ch UkraineA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
11. B Vladimirov vs Stein  0-157 1957 RUS-UKR mA56 Benoni Defense
12. Stein vs B Vladimirov  ½-½29 1957 RUS-UKR mB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
13. Lilienthal vs Stein 1-028 1957 Kiev, USSRE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
14. I Nei vs Stein  1-032 1959 URS-ch sf playoffA35 English, Symmetrical
15. Stein vs Averbakh  ½-½48 1959 Olympiad URSC44 King's Pawn Game
16. Stein vs Spassky ½-½18 1959 USSR club ChC21 Center Game
17. Stein vs Y Krutikhin  ½-½44 1959 Olympiad URSB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
18. Stein vs I Nei  0-141 1959 URS-ch sf playoffB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. Remeniuk vs Stein 1-019 1959 Kharkov (Ukraine)B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Savon vs Stein  ½-½13 1959 UKR-chE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
21. Stein vs Furman 1-041 1959 Olympiad URSB44 Sicilian
22. I Nei vs Stein  ½-½20 1959 URS-ch sf playoffD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
23. Gufeld vs Stein  ½-½53 1959 UKR-chC44 King's Pawn Game
24. Bannik vs Stein  0-166 1959 UKR-chE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. Stein vs Zamikhovsky  1-050 1959 UKR-chD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 701  PGN Download
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Nov-12-13  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: IM Leonid Stein.
Nov-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: The story I heard almost 40 years ago was that Stein was having sex with a "teenybopper" when he suffered a fatal heart attack.
Nov-12-13  Petrosianic: Did you have any reason to believe it?
Nov-12-13  Everett: < Ron: A Fisher-Stein match would have been awesome, a real slug fest. Imagine every game either a Sicilian or KID.>

Funny, since their famous game is a Ruy.

Nov-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Petrosianic> I dunno. If you've looked at the prior posts on this page, it's a widely disseminated (no pun intended) story. I remember reading an article by Gufeld, I think, where he didn't discuss the allegation but seemed to be at pains to emphasize what a devoted family man Stein was.
Nov-13-13  Everett: <FSR: <Petrosianic> I dunno. If you've looked at the prior posts on this page, it's a widely disseminated (no pun intended) story. I remember reading an article by Gufeld, I think, where he didn't discuss the allegation but seemed to be at pains to emphasize what a devoted family man Stein was.>

I seem to remember Keene taking great pains to keep his mouth shut on the matter, out of respect. Who knows...

Nov-13-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Everett> That seems suggestive in itself. If one hadn't heard anything untoward, I would think one would either say, "The guy had a heart attack. It happens." or "I don't know anything about the circumstances of his death."

I don't know if you remember when Nelson Rockefeller died. The story came out in a very strange way, with a lot of vagueness about what had happened. The guy was the Vice President of the United States at the time; his death would normally be a big story, the circumstances would be widely reported, everyone would be paying tribute to him and saying what a tragedy it was, flags would be flown at half mast, yadda yadda. None of that happened, at least that I noticed. It was only a couple of years ago that I heard the Megan Marshack story. http://nymag.com/news/features/scan...

Nov-13-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: An interesting article about the stories of women who've had abortions. Those of you who just think that women who have abortions are murderous sluts might find it enlightening: http://nymag.com/news/features/abor...
Nov-13-13  Everyone: What a tragedy it was!
Nov-13-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Sorry, my previous comment was intended for the Rogoff page.

<Everyone> I was expecting that back in 1979, but better late than never. Thanks.

Jan-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I gave up smoking years ago but I really don't believe I could play professional chess without having a fag at some point or another. The nervous tension is huge, after 6 hours I'd be climbing up the walls for a cigarette.
Jan-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <FSR: <Everett>...I don't know if you remember when Nelson Rockefeller died...>

Orson Welles hated Rockefeller and the least likeable character in <The Lady From Shanghai> is played by Glen Anders who is a Nelson Rockefeller lookalike.

Welles hated Rockefeller because the veep asked OW to go on a goodwill tour of South America and Welles missed out on the editing of <The Magnificent Ambersons>. Which is a pretty hard-to-watch fillum and wouldn't be much better even in a 4-hour version LOL!

Jan-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <FSR: <Everett> ... I don't know if you remember when Nelson Rockefeller died. The story came out in a very strange way, with a lot of vagueness about what had happened... It was only a couple of years ago that I heard the Megan Marshack story. http://nymag.com/news/features/scan>...

Heh! I never know WHAT I am going to learn when I come to chessgames.com!

Jan-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Rocky's adventures with Ms Marshack covered here a couple years back.

"Hi ya, fella!"

Jan-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Conrad93> Be careful what you wish for...

:)

Apr-18-14  Conrad93: Why? What's the worst that could happen?
Apr-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: That's just the point. The worst could happen.

:)

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