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Leonid Stein vs Svetozar Gligoric
Stockholm Interzonal (1962), Stockholm SWE, rd 18, Feb-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Poisoned Pawn Variation (B97)  ·  1-0

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Sep-15-07  Maynard5: This is an extremely unusual game, considering the opening (Najdorf Sicilian). Instead of a sharp tactical battle, the position evolves to a middle game without queens. In the resulting blockaded position, Black is extremely cramped, but it is not easy for White to break through. The key to White's victory is to accumulate a series of small advantages. By advancing the pawn to a5, White is able to control the strategic square b6, and open a4 for his bishop. Then, with the bishop on b3, White prepares to post the knight on f4, applying pressure against Black's pawn on e6. After Black plays ... e5, White is able to use the d5 square. Eventually, White organizes a breakthrough on the kingside, with g4, h4 and g5. All in all, an interesting blockading game.
Aug-26-14  zydeco: I saw the end of this game somewhere as a puzzle. Stein seems to come up with more endgame sacrifices than anybody else.

Lots of aimless-looking maneuvering and then 77.g5! and 82.e5! and it turns out that black's rook and especially his knight are hopelessly tied down.

Gligoric comments that he was cruising along in this tournament, seemed to be well on pace to qualify for the Candidates, and then fell apart after losing this game. (Which seems to have been Gligoric's weak point throughout his career......that he would lose all his confidence after a difficult defeat.)

Jan-01-19  ughaibu: <Gligoric comments that he was cruising along in this tournament, seemed to be well on pace to qualify for the Candidates, and then fell apart after losing this game. (Which seems to have been Gligoric's weak point throughout his career......that he would lose all his confidence after a difficult defeat.)>

This doesn't make much sense. In Gligoric's remaing games he played four of the players who qualified for Curacao, and drew with all of them. He also played a draw with Bolbochan, a player against whom he had a negative score. So there seems to have been no falling apart. On the contrary, the play-off was only forced because both Stein and Benko won most of their last five games.

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