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Jaime Emma vs Leonid Stein
Mar del Plata (1966), Mar del Plata ARG, rd 8, Mar-21
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin (B50)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-29-06  CreamyGoodness: Here's a puzzle for you: 35. White to play and win.
Aug-29-06  mack: Erm yes, quite. Do we suspect the PGN for this is inaccurate?
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  OhioChessFan: LOL, I was trying to have 31 Kxe1 but then Black can't play Qh1.
Nov-19-06  syracrophy: 34...♕c2???????? <THE BLUNDER OF BLUNDERS>

35.♖d7???????????????? <THE BLUNDER OF BLUNDERS OF BLUNDERS!>

Nov-19-06  johnnyfroaction: its gotta be 34 ...Qa2 hitting the A pawn.
Nov-19-06  euripides: I think the score is right - I saw this game mentioned by Larry Evans years ago. 35...Qh2 is a nice way to recover, but Black has lost his advantage.
Jan-20-07  Tactic101: LOL! Give me a break. This is so amusing how somebody can miss the fact that his queen is hanging. It is even more amusing where somebody misses the fact that is opponent's queen is hanging. This is just plain embrassing.
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  WannaBe: <Tactic101> You, obviously, have never seen me play...
Sep-05-07  mcgee: An accurate PGN - and Stein supposedly thought for twenty minutes over 34...Qc2
Jan-18-08  hedgeh0g: I think Stein can be cut some slack. I mean after all, how often is it that this sort of thing happens in high level chess?
May-14-09  WhiteRook48: left the stein
Dec-04-10  Tigranny: How could Emma not see that he could capture Stein's queen after the Qc2?? blunder?
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  wwall: Black missed 34...Bc8! threatening 35...Bh3+.

White was so concerned about his attacked rook rather than a hanging queen that he played 35.Rd7 immediately. What a swindle. White could have played 35.Nxc2 and beaten the Soviet champion.

Aug-15-19  Andstelas: Jaime Emma had a time rush, this is the reason why he didn't notice about that blunder.
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  FSR: Emma Stoned?
Jul-02-22  whiteshark: Stein Stoned, too
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  Messiah: 'Disattenzione Grandioso'

Thank you <FSR> for showing us this game, really interesting!

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  Messiah: (or 'Emma Steined')
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  FSR: And yes, Larry Evans mentioned this game in his book <Chess Catechism>.
May-24-23  generror: The game is a dead draw until <29.Rd2?>, allowing Black to infiltrate. The first blunder is however <33.Qe3??>, with Stockfish going from -3 to -8 because <34...Bc8> would have threatened <...Bh3+>. On <34...Qc2??>, however, the evaluation goes from -8 to +12, but after <35.Rd7??>, it's again back to 0.

Quite a move sequence :)

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