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Michael Francis Stean vs Lothar Schmid
London BBC TV-A (1979)
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  0-1

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Apr-01-11  hedgeh0g: If someone were to show you the game after White's 24th move and tell you Black would go on to win from this position, how would you react?
Dec-27-11  parisattack: There is a good vid clip of this game (from the Master Game series) on YouTube.

White is winning even as early as move 17 I think. 19. Rc1 is better probably.

Dec-28-11  mcgee: After 25 Be3 - as suggested by someone on YouTube - what can Black do? After 25..Kd8 26 Nd5, Black can't get at the rook on e7 and all his pieces are tied down. It looks very close to zugzwang.

Schmid won the group and the tournament having beaten Korchnoi and Stean after offering them draws. Ironically, I think Korchnoi(whom Stean helped on his world title campaigns between 1977-81)won his first game against a world champion with the same opening with Black against Smyslov. In an analogous position, he suggests f2-f3 as being very strong for White (Stean never gets round to it here...)

Dec-28-11  mcgee: The Korchnoi win: Smyslov vs Korchnoi, 1952
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