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Leonid Stein vs Robert G Hartoch
"Hartoch's Heartache" (game of the day Mar-27-2009)
Amsterdam IBM (1969), Amsterdam NED, rd 15, Aug-02
Caro-Kann Defense: Breyer Variation. Stein Attack (B10)  ·  1-0

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Oct-20-06  trumbull0042: Beautiful game. 36.?, White to play and win.
Oct-21-06
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  Oginschile: 36. Qd6 mates after either 35... Kxd7 or Kf7
Oct-21-06  talisman: stein deserves to be on the drop down list.i think he was 3rd in the world at one time.
Mar-27-09  zdigyigy: These Grandmasters,....They seem to know how to play chess eh?
Mar-27-09  chillowack: This beautiful game belongs to that special class of games which feature double exchange sacrifices.

Another beautiful double exchange sac game was Petrosian-Spassky, from one of their two WC matches. (If anyone can find the game I'm referring to, please post it for the edification of all--a Petrosian masterpiece!)

Mar-27-09  UnsoundHero: Petrosian was well known for sacrificing the exchange for positional considerations. In one of his games from his 1966 match with Spassky, he sakked one exchange, then a second one, in order to reach a position where he was automatically winning back both exchanges. But instead of simply re-capturing both exchanges, he temporarily sacrificed his queen, in order to set up a knight-fork which won Spassky's queen. Petrosian was a piece up at the end, and Spassky resigned.

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966

Another game with a similar pattern was Petrosian vs Simagin, 1956

Mar-27-09  arsen387: One of the most beautiful attacks I've ever seen! Seems like blacks' problems started with 17..b6 weakening the pawn on c6, after which they got slowly smothered, tied to the defense of that c pawn. But the way Stein built up his attack was a pleasure to follow
Mar-27-09
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  al wazir: 39...Qxf6 40. Bxd4 Qxd4 41. Qg5+ Kf8 42. Qd8+ Kd7 43. Qxc7+ Kh6. 44. Qf7 Qb2+. Now what?
Mar-27-09
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  Morten: Wonderful. Very forceful and aestetically pleasing play by Stein. He was one of the greats.

I did not know this game - great choice for GoD.

Mar-27-09  arsen387: <al wazir> not sure, but after 39..Qxf6 40.Qf4 looks interesting keeping all the threats and theatening to take the R on c7 and also Bxd4 winning the Q. if 40..Qd8 (Qe7 then f6) then 41.Bxd4 followed by Bxh8 and advancing the f pawn should win I think
Mar-27-09  Jazzer32: Talisman, U R right, there are some anonymous guys on the drop down list (defirmian, delchev, fressinet and God knows who else) but there isn't Stein?????
Mar-27-09  kellmano: <Al wazir> In your line, 42. Qd8+ is likely to be met by 42......Qxd8, rather than the mysterious .....Kd7 as you suggest.
Mar-27-09
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  Richard Taylor: yes, a beautiful game!

Stein died relatively young - he was one of the best - he beat Tal quite a few times.

Mar-27-09
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  ray keene: i have annotated this game in my book on stein, who was a friend of mine until his tragic death in 1973, still in print with <www.hardingesimpole.co.uk>
Mar-27-09  RandomVisitor: 31.h4! is strong and would be almost winning.
Mar-27-09  OneArmedScissor: Stein was amazing.
Too bad he died so young :(
Mar-27-09  OneArmedScissor: White's light squared Bishop was a beast.
Awesome positional play by Stein. Maneuvering that bishop from the kingside to the queenside then to land on e6
Mar-27-09  parisattack: Awesome Stein game! He did like the double finachetto. There's a book (forgot the name) with an entire chapter on the double fianchetto and it features several of Stein's games.
Mar-27-09  eaglewing: I think, the moves 29 Ra8 and 30 Qe7 by Black may have setup the defeat. Ra8 is a waste, accomplishing nothing on the queenside, he just returns to the kingside (31 Rh8) and Qe7 repositions purely passively, on e7 the Queen just protects (g5, f7) and adds no more pressure from d6 to h2.

Would not 29. Rc2 h5 be better? With options of Rh8, h4 and actually using the pressure by the battery Qd6/Be5 towards g3/h2.

29. Rc2 h5 30. Qd1 Rh8 and a rook doubling on the c-file could run into a kingside counter by black. 29. Rc2 h5 30. h4 Bxg3 31. hxg5 Bh4 and both kings feel unsafe.

Did I overlook some immediate threats by White at this point? How would you assess this idea 29. Rc2 h5?

Mar-27-09  parisattack: Perhaps GM Keene might illuminate us. He annotates the game in his book on Stein - but I find no notes to move 29.
Mar-27-09
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  kevin86: The double check settles it-mate will come next move at e6.
Mar-27-09  Riverbeast: A beautiful game from the brilliant Leonid Stein!
Mar-27-09  mendellevin: A logical and therefore very beautiful game!
Mar-27-09  Samagonka: Very impressive game. I have rarely seen such a forceful mate.
Mar-27-09  WhiteRook48: brilliant!
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