Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Leonid Stein vs Paul Keres
Moscow (1967), Moscow URS, rd 12, Jun-07
Spanish Game: Open. St. Petersburg Variation (C82)  ·  1-0



Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 7 more Stein/Keres games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Some games have annotation. These are denoted in the game list with the icon.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-05-03  ughaibu: Of course I agree that Keres was a great player but sometimes his play comes over as if he was rather tired. Here Stein wins quite easily.
Jan-06-03  knight errant: To be fair to Keres, he was much past his prime by this time. In addition, Stein once called this the best game he ever played.
Jan-06-03  ughaibu: Thanks for that, I didn't know about Stein's comment.
Sep-21-04  aragorn69: The game is thoroughly commented by Lubosh Kavalek at He is fairly critical of SteinĀ“s game too...
Jul-29-05  notyetagm: Stein gives Keres a lesson on the subject of the <weak backrank>. 30 ♗xf5! is a tremendous tactical shot; Black cannot recapture because 30 ... ♖xf5? 31 ♕xc6!! wins because of the double threat of ♕x♕ and mate on the backrank.
Jul-29-05  WhoKeres: It should also be noted that this was one of the first times Keres played the Open Defense to the Ruy Lopez as black. He had already beaten Tal in the same tournament in a sensational game with it, but Stein was too much for him.
Jul-29-05  MackTheTemp: the threat isnt qxc6, forking the queen and mate, it's much more simple

qd8!- mate follows

Jul-29-05  sitzkrieg: In an interview in 1971 Stein referred to this game as being probably one of his best. Keres was in 67 stil a very strong world class player, able to beat anyone. Stein won this all Grandmaster tournament a point ahead of competition and at the time seems to have been considered as a real candidate for the World Champion title (which Kotov mentioned in the tournament bulletin) About the game; the pawn sacrifice with a4 was the best move of the game. I give a variaton out of the book Stein, master of Risk strategy:

if 19..Qxe5 then 20 Re1! Qd6 21 axb5 axb5 22 Rxa8 Rxa8 23 Bxf5 and white's bisshops swing into action. 20..Bc7 21 Bg1! in this side variation explaines why 16(!). Kh1 was a good move..

When I replayed this game i was greatly impressed, I remember however that Fritz 6 found the move a4 in just a second.

@ Ughaibu; If you want to see a game in which Keres indeed plays a lot weaker against the same opponent check Stein-Keres,Parnu 1971.

Jul-29-05  sitzkrieg: Ah i wanted to post the link to the game but I see u already found it before:)

Leonid Stein vs Keres, 1971

Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <WhoKeres: It should also be noted that this was one of the first times Keres played the Open Defense to the Ruy Lopez as black.> Ahem, no!

May-24-16  User not found: Brilliant game, love the ending but I would have been tempted to play 12.pxd4 instead of the knight. After that you've got a guaranteed passer if Bxe4. Not that white played too shabby of course :)

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
8 - Leonid Stein (biography)
from Leonid Stein - Master of Attack by Kasekrainer
41 - Games and Endings
from Leonid Stein - Master of Risk Strategy by jakaiden
Game 66
from Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors Vol. 3 by Anatoly21
Leonid Stein's Best Games
by KingG
Stein ?!
from yzx - - -> BEST GAME of a chess player by whiteshark
zz03_Heavy pieces in action: pure QRR middlegame
by whiteshark
Moscow 1967
by suenteus po 147
STEIN 2 keres 0
from lis great games by gmlisowitz
How to play dynamic chess (Valeri Beim)
by hms123
from Chess in the USSR 1945 - 72, Part 1 (Leach) by Chessdreamer
Fine technique
from DrChopper's study games 3 by DrChopper
open-style so fine:tactics-box out defenders, passed pawn
from Spanish Study by fispok
Moscow 1967
by JoseTigranTalFischer
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
by JoseTigranTalFischer
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
by LionHeart40
Power Chess - Stein
by Anatoly21
Game 66
from On My Great Predecessors 3 (Kasparov) by Qindarka
Game 363
from number 4 by Frodo7
98_C80-C83_Ruy Lopez, Open
by webbing1947

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC