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Leonid Stein vs Viktor Korchnoi
USSR Zonal (1964), Moscow URS, rd 10, Mar-02
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0



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Jan-22-06  LluviaSean: darn...i didnt see 32 Re3...
Jan-24-06  LIFE Master AJ: I rec'd a couple of e-mails about this one.

Apparently someone claimed that Stein could have won faster with 44.g4+, instead of what was played in the game.

This is completely inaccurate. A check with Fritz 8.0 shows that 44.♖f3+! mates in around five moves. g4+? leads nowhere, ...Kg5; 45.♖d5+ wins, but there is no mate in sight.

Jan-24-06  Marvol: I think that people who try to find EVEN quicker mates in situations like this should get their priorities fixed.

Hell, black was gone by that time and whether the mate is in 5 or in 8 is very very irrelevant (I'm not even talking about whether they are correct or not). Instead of sending you silly emails about the quickest possible mate they should try and improve on blacks play to find a draw somewhere. (hint: it ain't in black's move 43).

Jan-24-06  BeautyInChess: 13 straight checks!!! What game has the most checks in a row that finally end in mate? Anyone know?
Jan-24-06  LIFE Master AJ: <Marvol>
Place yourself in an inexperienced player's shoes. Someone says that, "Move X mates in three moves." You search for a while, but cannot find a mate.

What would you do?

Jan-25-06  LIFE Master AJ: < <BeautyInChess> "13 straight checks!!! What game has the most checks in a row that finally end in mate? Anyone know?">

That's a good question ... I wouldn't mind knowing the answer to that one myself.

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  chancho: From Bill Wall's chess trivia.


Up until the early 20th century, it was mandatory to announce a check. Up until the late 19th century, it was mandatory to say 'check to the queen' or 'gardez' when she was attacked. At one time, if the King and other piece were simultaneously attacked by a piece, it was customary to announce the fact by saying check to both pieces. Up until the early 19th century, an unannounced check could be ignored. In 1991, the game Wegner-Johnsen in Gausdal had 100 checks for White and 41 checks for Black, for a total of 141 checks in the game. In 1995, the game Rebickova-Voracova in the Czech Republic, ended with 74 checks by the black Queen.>

Jan-25-06  Marvol: <LIFE Master AJ: <Marvol> Place yourself in an inexperienced player's shoes. Someone says that, "Move X mates in three moves." You search for a while, but cannot find a mate. What would you do?>

Idunno... first, search harder. If I still don't find it, ask the bloke who told me.

Lately I would feed it to Ze Fritz but that doesn't count does it?

Jan-25-06  LIFE Master AJ: < <Marvol> Lately I would feed it to Ze Fritz but that doesn't count does it?>

Pretend for a minute you are a REAL beginner, or novice. Then it is highly unlikely you have any specialized software at all.

Now what?

I read - somewhere - that one of the main goals of this website was for the experienced players to help those less informed or with perhaps less skill at the game.

Surely when someone sends me an e-mail, saying that they searched "for quite some time," and never found the mate ... this qualifies as a question?

Jan-30-06  Elrathia Kingi: Wegner - Johnsen, Gausdal 1991
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Bxe7 Nxe7 7.dxc5 Nbc6 8.e3 Qa5+ 9.Nbd2 Qxc5 10.Nb3 Qb6 11.Be2 Bg4 12.O-O Bxf3 13.Bxf3 O-O 14.Qd2 Rfd8 15.Rfd1 Ne5 16.Nd4 N7c6 17.Be2 Rac8 18.Nxc6 Rxc6 19.Rac1 Rxc1 20.Qxc1 h6 21.Qd2 Qg6 22.Qc3 Qd6 23.h3 a6 24.Rd2 Kh7 25.Qc2+ g6 26.Qd1 Qc5 27.Bf1 Kg7 28.b3 Kh7 29.g3 d4 30.exd4 Rxd4 31.Rxd4 Qxd4 32.Qxd4 Nf3+ 33.Kg2 Nxd4 34.f4 Kg7 35.Kf2 Kf6 36.Bd3 h5 37.Ke3 Nf5+ 38.Kf3 Nd6 39.b4 Ke6 40.g4 hxg4+ 41.hxg4 Kd5 42.Ke3 Nc4+ 43.Bxc4+ Kxc4 44.Ke4 Kxb4 45.Ke5 Ka3 46.Kf6 b5 47.f5 gxf5 48.gxf5 b4 49.Kxf7 Kxa2 50.f6 b3 51.Kg7 b2 52.f7 b1Q 53.f8Q Qg1+ 54.Kh6 Qe3+ 55.Kh5 Qe5+ 56.Kh6 Qe6+ 57.Kh5 Qd5+ 58.Kh6 a5 59.Qf2+ Kb3 60.Qg3+ Kb4 61.Qb8+ Kc5 62.Qa7+ Kb5 63.Qb8+ Ka6 64.Qc8+ Kb6 65.Qb8+ Qb7 66.Qd8+ Qc7 67.Qd3 Qf4+ 68.Kh7 Qh4+ 69.Kg6 Qg4+ 70.Kh6 Qf4+ 71.Kh7 a4 72.Qb1+ Kc5 73.Qc2+ Qc4 74.Qf2+ Qd4 75.Qc2+ Kb4 76.Qb1+ Ka3 77.Qc1+ Qb2 78.Qc5+ Ka2 79.Qc4+ Qb3 80.Qe2+ Ka1 81.Kh6 Qb6+ 82.Kh5 Qc5+ 83.Kh6 a3 84.Qd1+ Kb2 85.Qd2+ Kb3 86.Qd3+ Kb4 87.Qd2+ Kb5 88.Qd3+ Kb6 89.Qd8+ Kc6 90.Qe8+ Kc7 91.Qf7+ Kb6 92.Qb3+ Ka5 93.Qa2 Ka4 94.Kh7 Qh5+ 95.Kg7 Qg5+ 96.Kh7 Qf5+ 97.Kg7 Qd3 98.Kh6 Kb4 99.Kh5 Qc4 100.Qd2+ Kb5 101.Qd7+ Ka5 102.Qd2+ Qb4 103.Qd8+ Qb6 104.Qa8+ Kb4 105.Qe4+ Kc3 106.Qe1+ Kb2 107.Qd2+ Ka1 108.Qd1+ Ka2 109.Qc2+ Qb2 110.Qc4+ Qb3 111.Qe2+ Kb1 112.Qe1+ Kb2 113.Qe2+ Qc2 114.Qe5+ Kb1 115.Qe1+ Ka2 116.Qe6+ Qb3 117.Qe2+ Kb1 118.Qe1+ Kb2 119.Qf2+ Qc2 120.Qf6+ Qc3 121.Qf2+ Kb3 122.Qb6+ Ka4 123.Qb1 Qh3+ 124.Kg5 Qg2+ 125.Kh5 Qd5+ 126.Kh6 a2 127.Qc2+ Kb5 128.Qb2+ Kc6 129.Qc3+ Kd7 130.Qg7+ Kd8 131.Qa1 Qd2+ 132.Kh5 Kc7 133.Qe5+ Kc6 134.Qe8+ Kc5 135.Qc8+ Kb4 136.Qb7+ Ka4 137.Qc6+ Kb3 138.Qb5+ Qb4 139.Qd3+ Ka4 140.Qd1+ Qb3 141.Qd4+ Kb5 142.Qd7+ Ka6 143.Qc8+ Ka5 144.Qd8+ Kb4 145.Qd6+ Kc4 146.Qe6+ Kc3 147.Qe5+ Kc2 148.Qe4+ Qd3 149.Qa4+ Kb1 150.Qb4+ Kc1 151.Qc5+ Kd1 152.Qg1+ Kd2 153.Qg5+ Ke1 154.Qh4+ Kd1 155.Qa4+ Qc2 156.Qd4+ Ke2 157.Qg4+ Kf1 158.Qf3+ Kg1 159.Qg3+ Kh1 160.Qf3+ Qg2 161.Qd1+ Kh2 162.Qd6+ Kg1 163.Qc5+ Qf2 164.Qg5+ Kh1 165.Qd5+ Kh2 166.Qe5+ Kh3 167.Qc3+ Qg3 168.Qa1 Qf3+ 169.Kh6 Qe3+ 170.Kg6 Qb6+ 171.Kh5 Qa5+ 172.Kg6 Qd2 173.Kh5 Kg2 174.Qg7+ Kh2 175.Qe5+ Kh1 176.Qa1+ Kg2 177.Qg7+ Kh3 178.Qa1 Qd5+ 179.Kh6 Qe6+ 180.Kh5 Kg3 181.Kg5 Kf2 182.Kh5 Qh3+ 183.Kg6 Qg2+ 184.Kf6 Qf3+ 185.Kg6 Qg3+ 186.Kf6 Qf4+ 187.Kg6 Qd6+ 188.Kg5 Qd8+ 189.Kh5 Qa5+ 190.Kg6 Qa6+ 191.Kh5 Qb5+ 192.Kh6 Qb6+ 193.Kh5 Qc5+ 194.Kh6 Qd6+ 195.Kg5 Qd5+ 196.Kg6 Ke3 197.Qe1+ Kd3 198.Qd1+ Kc4 199.Qc2+ Kb5 200.Qb2+ Kc6 ½-½


Sep-04-08  Lt.Surena: 40.Qc4 Stubborn Korchnoi should have resigned here with his King "dancing in the street". If 40.. Kb6 then 41.Rb3 ch and black loses without any defense, with his queen holed up far away.

Great spankin' by Stein.

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  GrahamClayton: A great king hunt - the Black king starts on g8, goes across the board to c6, back across the board to h5, and will be eventaully mated on the "home" square of g8.
Nov-28-10  Ulhumbrus: Stein offers the exchange in return for a King hunt. I think that Cozens may have included this game in his book "The King hunt".
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  takchess: a king hunt I'd like to practice with fritz on .
Mar-23-13  mcgee: 'I failed to qualify for the (1964) Interzonal Tournament. I remember a brilliant game that Stein won against me. This talented man left this world without reaching the age of forty. Nowadays players don't attack like that -they prefer to sacrifice the other side's pieces, not their own. This game was unlucky. After my defection, they tried to eradicate from people's memories everything associated with me. Including this game...' (Korchnoi, Chess Is My Life)
Mar-23-13  Kazzak: There is nothing more pleasurable in chess than playing through the collection of Stein's games ...
Mar-23-13  IndigoViolet: You reckon? I'll take a knee-trembler from Ms Karlovich any day of the week.
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  Domdaniel: <Indigo> Anastazia Karlovich? You're a sexist thug, Indigo old chum, but I can see where you're, ah, coming from. Just don't overdo it.
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  perfidious: Dom, your efforts are well-intentioned indeed, but <Indigo> has since gone <grey>, in a manner of speaking.

Nice sustained attack by Stein, though he missed the shorter way home, pointed out by Kasparov, when trying to corral the king with 33.Qh4.

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  Domdaniel: <perf> Thanks ... something of a grey area, this one.
Jun-30-13  Amarande: <dzechiel: In the terminal position it is black to move and be mated in 3, ie 47...Kh6 (47...Kg5 48 Qh5#) 48 Qh5+ Kg7 49 Rf7+ Kg8 50 Qh7#.>

Indeed, Black's King is so helpless that this isn't even the only mate in 3: there is also 48 g5+ Kxg5 49 Rf5+, followed by 50 Rh5#.

Jul-31-13  notyetagm: Stein vs Korchnoi, 1964


Mar-16-14  Conrad93: White's opening seems so incredibly silly...
Jun-12-16  say it with a smile: 31.Rf5 !!. Lights out.
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  fredthebear: Game 40 The King Hunt in Chess by Cozens, Nunn.
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