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Nikolai V Krogius vs Leonid Stein
"Insane in the Ukraine" (game of the day Oct-04-2011)
UKR-RSFSR (1960), Kiev URS, Jun-??
King's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation (E92)  ·  0-1



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Mar-30-03  Bionic Brain: Stein plays rather a dubious line in the King's Indian. He then starts a do-or -die sacrificial attack. Krogius, however, could have refuted the attack in several places, but I will only give the most important one here:

After 27...exf4, Krogius finds an excellent defence in 28.Rd1. This only fails because of Stein's more ingenious reply - 28...g5! This was the last minute that White could have refuted the attack.

28.Na4!! Bd4 <28...Bd6 29. Bc3> 29. Bc3 and now:

1)29...g5 30.Bxd4 Qxd4 31.Qd1 Qxd1 32.Raxd1 gxf3+ 33.Bxf3 (Kxf3 becomes dangerous for White)33...g4 34.Bxg4 Bxg4 35.Rdg1 and White emerges a pawn up with a good position;

2) 29...Bxd5 30.exd5 Ng5 31.Qd2 Re7 32.Qxd4!
(Bxd4 will become at least equal) 32...Rxe2+ 33.Kf1 Qxd4 34. Bxd4 gxf3 35.Re1 and Black does not have enough compensation for his piece (35...Rxa2? 36.Re7).

Mar-30-03  Alvis81: <<BionicBrain^^ no, you are not "expert" on the king's indian. Sad player is the word, when I see our comments about this brilliant game.
Mar-30-03  Alvis81: In that time it was not dubious, because only later it was discovered that BlackĀ“s best move was the elastic ...a5!.
Mar-30-03  ughaibu: Alvis81: I'm not sure exactly how to understand your expression of appreciation for BionicBrain's bringing of this game to the head?
May-21-03  thesonicvision: what would happen if...

31. Nxe2 ?

May-22-03  Cyphelium: 31.- Bxd5+
Feb-12-05  aw1988: Is anyone reminded of Korchnoi-Kasparov 1983?
Dec-26-05  LIFE Master AJ: I wrote GM Ray Keene ... and asked him which game was Stein's best. (Since I knew he had written a book on this player: "LEONID STEIN, Master Of Attack." I have an old, second-hand, raggedy copy of the original; and the 1988 reprint version.)

He was kind enough to respond:
< krogius v stein ukraine 1960-steins immortal, without a shadow of a doubt


While I have several other games of this player - which I like as much as this one - I will have to take Keene's word on this one. It IS a game of truly brilliant, stunning originality.

One final note, I searched the ChessBase database ... several times ... for this game. As of December 23rd, this game was NOT in there!

Dec-27-05  clocked: 28.Na4 Bd4 29.Bc3 Bxd5 30.exd5 and now not Ng5 but Re7

31.Bxd4 Qxd4 32.Qd1 Qe3 33.Bc4 Re4 34.Nb2 Rd4 35.Bd3 gxf3 36.Qxf3 Qd2+ 37.Qf2 f3+ 38.Kg1 Qg5+ 39.Kf1 Qg2+ =

31.Qd2 Bxc3 32.Nxc3 Re3 33.Rac1 (33.d6) gxf3+ 34.Bxf3 Qe5

35.Bd1 f3+ 36.Kf1 f2 37.Be2 Rg3

35.Rhf1 Rf6 36.Nd1 (36.Qf2 Ng5 37.Qh4 Rf5 38.Bg4 f3+) Qg5+ 37.Kh1 Rxf3 38.Rxf3 Qh5+ 39.Kg2 Ng5 40.Qd3 Rf5

Dec-28-05  sucaba: <AJ>, yes, a very good game. The black ♔wing ♙s outweigh the white ♘. Of course White could play 18. exd5. I understand from <Bionic Brain's> and <clocked's> analysis, that 28. ♖d1 was the actual mistake while 28. ♘a4 would hold the draw.

43. _ ♔h8! would be a #4, while 43. _ ♖e2 seems to be a #9.

Dec-28-05  syracrophy: There's no way to avoid the crushing 44...Re1+
Dec-28-05  LIFE Master AJ: That's a joke, right?

White had at least four different moves on his 28th turn, (a4, Qd1, Na4, and Rd1) that probably won the game for him. Certainly Rd1 was NOT the losing move!!!

I suggest that you see Keene's book for more details. I have also been considering analyzing this game for my website, it is one of Stein's best and is also UNBELIEVABLY COMPLICATED!!!!!

Dec-31-05  clocked: <White had at least four different moves on his 28th turn, (a4, Qd1, Na4, and Rd1) that probably won the game for him.>

It IS complicated. Where is the white win after 28.a4 g5 or 28.Qd1 g5 For example:

28.a4 g5 29.e5 Qxe5 30.Bd1 (30.fxg4 Qxe2+; 30.Rh6 Bxd5 31.Nxd5 Qxd5 32.Rg6+ Rg7 33.Rxg7+ Kxg7 34.Bc3+ Nf6) ...Qd4 31.Nc7 Bc4 32.Ne4 gxf3+ 33.Bxf3 g4 34.Bc3 gxf3+ 35.Kh2 Ng5 36.Qh4 (36.Bxd4 Rh7+ , 36.Nxg5 Qd3 ) ...Qxc3 37.Nxc3 Rh7

28.Qd1 g5 29.fxg4 f3+ 30.Bxf3 Bxg4 (or Rxf3) 31.Bxg4 =

28.Qd1 g5 29.Rf1 gxf3+ (Qh6) 30.Rxf3 Bg4 31.Rd3 f3+ 32.Bxf3 Bxf3+ 33.Rxf3 Rxf3 34.Qxf3 Rxf3 35.Kxf3 g4+

Jan-03-07  Robert James: I also like the beauty of this game.

17...d5 is great.

Apr-06-07  M.D. Wilson: Stein was great.
Nov-29-08  Xeroxx: He was.
Dec-31-08  computer chess guy: Rybka prefers 33. ♗e1 ♗xg4 34. ♗g3: I'm not sure this holds for White, but it looks like a reasonable try.
Aug-11-10  sevenseaman: ..30. Qxe2 is a well-spotted quick kill. No way White can recover hereafter.
Oct-04-11  ToTheDeath: Good game but a bit swindle-ish. A nice example of saving a busted position with active play.
Oct-04-11  rilkefan: I was a bit surprised not to see 14...b6. Black follows with a6 (or if 15.b5 a5, though white takes e.p. anyway) and with Ne8 and Bf8 in reserve it looks to me like he holds the c pawn while white's pieces are cut off from the kside.
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  whiteshark: <Insane in the Ukraine> I can't remember where I've gotten this phrase.
Oct-04-11  erniecohen: (1) <computer chess guy> Yes, 33.♗e1 seems to hold.

(2) <sevenseaman> Sorry, <30...Qxe2> is not a kill. It's a draw after 31. ♘xe2 ♗xd5+ 32. ♔f1 ♗xh1 33. ♗b4 f3 34. ♗xc5 f3xe2+ 35. ♔xe2 ♖e8+ 36. ♔d3 ♗xd1 37. ♕xd1 ♖d8+ 38. ♗d4 ♖f4 39. ♕b3+ ♔f8 40. ♕a3+ ♔e8 41. ♕xa7

(3) Not only did Krogius miss several opportunities to win (as <Bionic Brain> correctly points out), but Stein also missed a draw with 25...gxf3+ 26. ♖xf3 ♕g4 27. ♕h1 ♘g5 28. ♖xf4 ♕h3+ 29. ♕xh3 ♗xh3+ 30. ♔h2 exf4 31. gxf4 ♗e6 32. ♖d1 ♗xd5 33. exd5.

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  HeMateMe: It's from a rap or hip-hop song, 1980s. Might be Public Enenmy, not sure. Check and see if Flavor Flav has a page here.
Oct-04-11  ventricule: It's a pun with Cypress Hill's "insane in the membraine" :
Oct-04-11  moodini: Cypress Hill did a song "Insane in the Membrane" as far as I remember and a bit more recent than the 80s. Maybe late 90s?
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