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Leonid Stein vs Larry Evans
Amsterdam Interzonal (1964), Amsterdam NED, rd 17, Jun-11
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Quiet Variation (C94)  ·  1-0



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Aug-29-06  Albertan: Stein finished in 5th place in the 1964 Amsterdam Interzonal with 16.5/23 (losing to Bronstein and Portisch).These losses really hurt Stein because at the end of the tournament he was only one -half point out of first place. Four players (all with scores of 17/23 had tied for first! (Smyslov won on a tie-break over Larsen, Spassky and Tal.) Evans finished in 14th place in this Interzonal with 10/23.
Aug-29-06  Albertan: The move 9...Nb8 is credited to Breyer.Gyula Breyer (April 30, 1893 – November 9, 1921) was a Hungarian chess player. He was a leading member of the hypermodern school of chess theory, which favored controlling the center with pieces on the wings. The Breyer Variation was supposedly suggested by Gyula Breyer in an unpublished manuscript in the 1920s, but no such document has been discovered and there are no known game scores in which Breyer employed this line. It is unclear how Breyer's name came to be associated with this variation, but the terminology is well established. The Breyer Variation did not become popular until the 1960s when it was adopted by Spassky and others. By playing ...Nb8 Evans frees the c-pawn and intends to route the knight to d7 where it supports e5.
Aug-29-06  Albertan: In this game Stein plays a less frequently played continuation on move 10.The main variation of the Breyer continues with the move 10.d4.

The move 10...c5 is also rarely played at the top levels of chess.Usually Black plays 10...Nbd7.

Black's fourteen move was designed to open up and win control of the open d-file. It would have been interesting if Stein had played 16.Nd5!? instead of 16.Qe2. If 16.Nd5!? play might continue: 16...Qd6 17.Bg5 Bb7 18.a4 b4 19.Qd3 h6 20.Bh4 g5 21.Bg3 Nh5 22.Bh2 Nf4 23.Bxf4 gxf4

Aug-29-06  Albertan: Another idea on move 18 was to play 18.Ng5!? and White would gain an advantage after:

18. Ng5!? Bd7 19. Nd5 Qd6 20. axb5 axb5 21. Rd1 h6 22. Nf3 g5 23. Be3 g4 24. Nxe7+ Qxe7 25.hxg4 Nxg4 26. Rd5 c4 27. Bc5 Qe8

On move 19 Evans could have played 19...Bf8 instead of 19...h6. If he had this variation is possible: 19...Bf8 20.Qf3 Bg7 21.Nd5 Qd6 22.Be3 h6 23.Be3 h6 24.Nxf6+ Qxf6 25.Qxf6 Bxf6 26.Nf3 Be7 27.Bxh6 f6 28.Red1 Rxd1 29.Bxd1 Bb7

Aug-29-06  Albertan: On move 24 for White another idea is to play 24.f3 after which play might continue: 24...Bd6 25.Qxg5 Qc7 26.Ra7 Rd7 27.Be3 Be7 28.Qg4 Bd6

On move 25 Stein plays the interesting and temporary exchange sacrifice which weaken the dark squares around the Black king.

Aug-29-06  Albertan: It appears the Evans made the mistake which cost him the game on move 29 When he played 29...Qg7? which allowed Stein to play 30.Be3!

On move 29 Evans could have played 29... c4 and after 30.Be8+ Qg7 31. Bxb5 Rd1+ 32. Kh2 Bd5 33. Bd6 Rd2 34. Ba3 f5 equalized the position.

On move 30 Evans could have played the interesting pawn sacrifice 30...Bc6!? After the sacrifice 31.Bxf7+ !? play might continue 31... Kxf7 32. Qc7+ Rd7 33. Qxc6 Kg6 34. Qxb5 Rd1+ 35. Kh2 Qc7+ 36. g3 Qe5 37. Qb3 Qd5 38. Qxd5 Rxd5 with Stein in the driver's seat.

Jan-26-16  jerseybob: <Albertan: Black's fourteen move was designed to open up and win control of the open d-file.> What it actually did was land black in a known Lopez variation with white having the added move Ne3. Since Evans around this time was working on MC0-10, a pretty surprising mistake. Gufeld suggests 14..d4!

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