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Leonid Stein vs Harry Golombek
Laszlo Toth Memorial (1968), Kecskemet HUN, rd 11, Jun-??
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: A particularly effective attacking game by Stein.

Golombek had to play <15...exd4> after the move played he is overwhelmed.

17...Bf7 18.Be5 Qd7 19.fxg7 Ne6 is little better.

18.Be5 Qd7 19.Qxc4+ Qe6 20.Qxe6+ decides matters.

Aug-22-08  notyetagm: Wow, what an incredible series of <IN-BETWEEN MOVES> by Leonid Stein: 16 d4xe5!, 17 e5xf6!, and 18 ♗c3-e5!.

White to play: 18 ?

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18 ♗c3-e5! ends the game neatly for White (Stein).

Position after 18 ♗c3-e5! 1-0

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Stein leaves the Black e7-knight <EN PRISE> to his White f6-pawn, and instead <GAINS TIME> on the <EXPOSED> Black c7-queen to open the c-file from the White c2-queen to the <UNDEFENDED> Black c4-bishop <WITH TEMPO>.

White will then capture the Black e7-knight <WITH TEMPO> and then capture the <UNDEFENDED> Black c4-bishop <WITH CHECK>.

Absolutely beautiful tactical play by Stein.

Aug-22-08  euripides: Golombek was an enthusiast for hypermodernism, but here he builds a classical centre with rather passively developed minor pieces behind it and is treated to a Reti-like display of fireworks when the centre is attacked.
Aug-23-08  notyetagm: <euripides: Golombek was an enthusiast for hypermodernism, but here he builds a classical centre with rather passively developed minor pieces behind it and is treated to a Reti-like display of fireworks when the centre is attacked.>

Stein is another player whose chess I just adore. What a genius this man was. Incredible tragedy that he died at 39.

But the good news is that Colin Crouch is writing a book in the EVERYMANCHESS Giant of Chess Series on Attacking Chess which features Kasparov, Tal, and Stein(!). Oh yes! See for details.

Oh hell, here are the details.

<Chess Secrets: Great Attackers: Learn from Kasparov, Tal and Stein

Colin Crouch

The chess world has witnessed a great number of wonderfully gifted attacking players, geniuses who have dazzled the chess public with their brilliant masterpieces. Everyone has their own favourites, and in Chess Secrets: Great Attackers, Colin Crouch chooses three of his own: Garry Kasparov, Mikhail Tal and Leonid Stein. World Champions Kasparov and Tal need no introduction, while Stein was a highly creative and intuitive player with the ability to destroy the world's best players with his vicious attacks.

Crouch examines their differing approaches and styles, and highlights some crucial themes, including the idea of controlled risk - in some sacrificial attacks even the greatest players can't always see everything to the end. A study of this book will help you to enhance your skills in one of the most crucial elements of the game.

An entertaining and instructive guide to attacking chess

Learn from the greats of the game

Discover how famous chess minds work

Chess Secrets is a new series of books which uncover the mysteries of the most important aspects of chess study: strategy, attacking play, opening play and gambits, classical play, endgames and preparation. In each book the author chooses and deeply studies a number of great players from chess history who have excelled in a particular field of the game and who have genuinely influenced their descendants.

Published October 2008 EU, November 2008 US | ISBN 9781857445794 Format Paperback, 192 pages>

Aug-23-08  notyetagm: This game by Stein is now my standard example of the <RABID PAWN> concept, a pawn which just keeps capturing and capturing and capturing.

Stein actually played 16 d4xe5! and 17 e5xf6! as <ZWISCHENZUG>

15 ... ♗c8-e6?

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16 d4xe5!

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16 ... ♗e6x♘c4 17 e5xf6!

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and now Fritz 11 gives as the second-best game continuation for Black 18 ...Qc7-c8 19 f6xNe7 Bc4-e6 20 e7xRd8=Q Qc8xQd8.

18 ... ♕c7-c8

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19 f6x♘e7

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19 ... ♗c4-e6 20 e7x♖d8=♕

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So including this variation we have the White d4-pawn going 16 d4xe5!, 17 e5xf6!, 19 f6x♘e7, and 20 e7x♖d8 ! The White pawn which captures the Black d8-rook on move 20 was on the d4-square on move 15!!! That White d4-pawn just kept going, and going, and going. :-)

Apr-20-10  ChessYouGood: In spite of the simple tactical accuracy obvious here - this game exemplifies an abstraction and what Kasparov might describe as "energy".
Nov-12-10  James Bowman: I dunno I saw it comming. I mean you first ask what pieces are hanging or under protected, then what pieces can be used to exploit the situation and the discoverd attack becomes obvious.

Hey maybe I'm actually improving, that's the good thing about being near the bottom most mobility is upward.

Oct-30-17  Roark: How does White play against 8...a5? 9. bxa5 ,9.b5, 9, Rb1
Sep-23-22  jerseybob: I was just today leafing through an old Informant (#5), one of the few I haven't tossed out, and stumbled on this game. It reminds me one of Fischer's effortless wipeouts. Amazing how it's revealed after 18.Be5 that all black's pieces are on the wrong squares!

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