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Leonid Stein
Stein 
 
Number of games in database: 706
Years covered: 1948 to 1973
Highest rating achieved in database: 2620

Overall record: +285 -81 =336 (64.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (68) 
    B32 B44 B47 B43 B42
 Ruy Lopez (67) 
    C91 C92 C96 C93 C95
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (47) 
    C91 C96 C93 C92 C95
 English (26) 
    A15 A10 A17 A12 A13
 French Defense (24) 
    C19 C05 C07 C11 C18
 King's Indian Attack (23) 
    A07 A08
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (104) 
    B27 B56 B61 B57 B60
 King's Indian (89) 
    E82 E92 E80 E62 E69
 Grunfeld (34) 
    D90 D79 D94 D93 D92
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C92 C95 C84 C96 C89
 Modern Benoni (21) 
    A57 A56 A79 A75 A64
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (17) 
    C92 C95 C84 C96 C89
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Stein vs Portisch, 1962 1-0
   Krogius vs Stein, 1960 0-1
   Gligoric vs Stein, 1962 0-1
   Stein vs Smyslov, 1972 1-0
   Stein vs Petrosian, 1961 1-0
   Stein vs R Hartoch, 1969 1-0
   Stein vs Tal, 1971 1-0
   Stein vs Vladimir Lepeshkin, 1965 1-0
   Poltoranov vs Stein, 1955 0-1
   Stein vs Golombek, 1968 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   Moscow (1967)
   USSR Championship (1965)
   Moscow (1971)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   Yerevan (1965)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   USSR Championship 1964/65 (1964)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Leonid Stein - Master of Risk Strategy by jakaiden
   Leonid Stein - Master of Attack by Kasekrainer
   Move by Move - Stein (Engqvist) by Qindarka
   Leonid Stein's Best Games by KingG
   Some S-upermen Post WWII by fredthebear
   Power Chess - Stein by Anatoly21


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LEONID STEIN
(born Nov-12-1934, died Jul-04-1973, 38 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Russia)
PRONUNCIATION:
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Leonid Zakharovich Stein was born in (the) Ukraine. He became a master at the age of twenty-four--unusually late for one who goes on to become a player of his caliber. Three years later, Stein qualified for the Soviet Championship for the first time, placing third and gaining the International Grandmaster title (1962). In the 1960s, he signaled his arrival among the world's elite with a string of strong tournament victories, including three U.S.S.R. Championships 1963 [rusbase-1], 1965 [rusbase-2] and 1966/7 [rusbase-3]. Although Stein never qualified for the Candidates, he came extremely close in 1962 and 1964 (when he would have qualified if not for a rule restricting the number of candidates from one country) and again in 1967 (where he was eliminated after drawing a tie-break playoff with Vlastimil Hort and Samuel Reshevsky due to the latter's better tiebreaks).

As Stein was preparing to leave for Bath, England for the European Team Championship, he collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack in the Rossiya Hotel in Moscow, aged 38.

Garry Kasparov wrote that Stein "went beyond the bounds of Botvinnik-Smyslov harmony, expanding the limits of our understanding of the game, changing our impressions of the correlation of material and quality of position, of situations with disrupted material and strategic balance, and created the grounds for the emergence of modern, ultra-dynamic chess". (My Great Predecessors Vol. 3, p. 231)

Wikipedia article: Leonid Stein


 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 706  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Golembo vs Stein  1-0211948Category IV TtC34 King's Gambit Accepted
2. V Shiyanovsky vs Stein  1-0271950Ukraine Team ChB03 Alekhine's Defense
3. E Lazarev vs Stein 0-1341951Ukrainian Junior ChC05 French, Tarrasch
4. Poltoranov vs Stein 0-1251955Ch Armed ForcesA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
5. V Liublinsky vs Stein 0-1341955Ch Armed ForcesC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
6. L Goltsov vs Stein 0-1331955KalugaE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
7. E Zagorjansky vs Stein 0-1501956Ch Moscow (1/2 final)E70 King's Indian
8. Stein vs V Soloviev  1-0361956Ch Armed ForcesB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Stein vs B Vladimirov  ½-½291957RUS-UKRB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
10. Lilienthal vs Stein 1-0281957Kiev, USSRE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
11. Stein vs Flohr 0-1341957Ch UkraineB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
12. M Usachyi vs Stein 0-1341957Ch UkraineA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
13. B Vladimirov vs Stein  0-1571957RUS-UKRA56 Benoni Defense
14. Stein vs Zamikhovsky  1-0501959UKR-chD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. I Nei vs Stein  ½-½201959URS-ch sf playoffD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
16. Stein vs I Nei 1-0621959URS-ch sf playoffA06 Reti Opening
17. Stein vs Averbakh  ½-½481959Olympiad URSC44 King's Pawn Game
18. Stein vs V Osnos 1-0241959Ch URS (1/2 final)B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
19. Gufeld vs Stein  ½-½531959UKR-chC44 King's Pawn Game
20. Stein vs Spassky ½-½181959USSR club ChC21 Center Game
21. Remeniuk vs Stein 1-0191959Kharkov (Ukraine)B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. Savon vs Stein  ½-½131959UKR-chE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
23. A Bannik vs Stein  0-1661959UKR-chE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. I Nei vs Stein  1-0321959URS-ch sf playoffA35 English, Symmetrical
25. Stein vs I Nei 0-1411959URS-ch sf playoffB22 Sicilian, Alapin
 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 706  PGN Download
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Apr-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Conrad93> Be careful what you wish for...

:)

Apr-18-14  Conrad93: Why? What's the worst that could happen?
Apr-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: That's just the point. The worst could happen.

:)

Sep-16-14  capafischer1: Stein had a plus record against spassky, tal, keres and bronstein. He had an even record against botvinnik, petrosian and smyslov. Only karpov, fischer, geller and korchnoi had a plus record against him from the famous players. He deserves a modern games collection like in a move by move format. What a fantastic attacking player he was. Always striving for the initiative and going for complications to win many beautiful games.
Sep-16-14
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  chancho: <"Karpov read somewhere that Bishop is stronger than a Knight; in Leonid Stein's hands, not his!"

~Viktor Korchnoi>

Sep-16-14  Petrosianic: He also had a winning record against Polugaevsky and an even record against Smyslov and Reshevsky.
Sep-16-14  capafischer1: The book leonid stein master of attack is a great read. I think you can purchase a copy through amazon.
Sep-16-14
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  chancho: http://www.alibris.com/Leonid-Stein...
Sep-16-14  Petrosianic: <Only karpov, fischer, geller and korchnoi had a plus record against him from the famous players.>

Well, of the TOP players, yes. Of the slightly lower, but still very famous players, Larsen, Portisch and Hort all had +1 scores against Stein.

Sep-16-14  parisattack: <capafischer1: The book leonid stein master of attack is a great read. I think you can purchase a copy through amazon.>

Beside's Keene's tome on Stein there is also Gufeld's Master of Risk Strategy and a section on Stein in Crouch's Chess Secrets: Masters of Attack.

I have a couple dozen of his games not on CG.com or in those books from 50s-60s Soviet periodicals. Been promising to send them in for years...perhaps its time. He's always been one of my favorite players.

May-02-15
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  offramp: <Offramp>: Leonid, you know smoking is very bad for your heart...?

<Leonid Stein>: I know. I now only smoke after sexual intercourse.

<Offramp>: That's pretty good!

<Leonid Stein>: Yeah. I'm down to 40 a day.

Aug-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: In the photo he looks to be mid-40s, yet he died before his 39th birthday. Just goes to show the ravages of smoking and drinking.

Which is why I never smoke when I drink nowadays :)

Aug-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  NeverAgain: It's interesting how in some of his pictures he looks quite a bit like Petrosian:

https://kevinspraggettonchess.files... http://www.fanphobia.net/uploads/ac...

even though he was Jewish, not Armenian.
He was also the only Soviet player besides Tal and Bronstein who could boast being on friendly terms with Fischer.

Aug-24-15  zanzibar: <NA> I guess you're considering Spassky French then?
Aug-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  NeverAgain: Absolutely. And you must be Arab, going by your nym. ;)
Aug-24-15  zanzibar: <NA> The most you can safely assume from my name is that I'm a rather spicy character...

https://www.google.com/search?q=zan...

Aug-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  NeverAgain: <zanzibar>: that's a given.
Feb-21-16  WorstPlayerEver: @FSR

Uhm.. Mark Taimanov is 90 years old.
According to my data Nadya is 35 years younger than Mark. So she cannot have been older than 13 when Leonid Stein died, but okay.. people like to hear nonsense, apparently it makes them feel 'good'...

Nov-12-16  parisattack: Stein has long been one of my favorite players. Aggressive with a somewhat hypermodern repertoire. His English is excellent!

Four tomes of games:

Leonid Stein: Master of Attack - Keene

Leonid Stein: Master of Risk Strategy - Gufeld

Chess Secrets: Great Attackers - Crouch has a full section on Stein, though I see him more as a power player.

Stein: Move-by-Move - Engquist

The Engquist volume has a excellent biography with (perhaps) the true story of his untimely demise. It is my favorite book of the group.

Jan-02-17  parisattack: Tom Unger's very excellent book, Strategical Themes (Thinker's Press 1989), has a number of Stein's games with the double-fianchetto both as white and black.
Jul-29-18  ZonszeinP: This great player should have been in the 1965 candidates. Probably the only one who could have beaten Spassky..

But then

There's no justice in this world

Jul-29-18  ewan14: Spassky did manage two draws in the 1964 2nd zonal tournament. He might have been playing not to lose
Jul-29-18  ZonszeinP: Fighting games.
One of them was a famous Marshall game
Jan-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: I don't think I smoke after intercourse, but I've never looked to see.
Jan-21-19  Gallicrow: "I know how he died. Stein was preparing for the inter-zonal tournament in Brazil. And, as they did with everyone travelling to exotic countries, the doctors have him strong injections against a variety of illnesses…his organism could not cope with this. In hotel “Russia” at the dead of the night, someone called me on the phone and did not say anything. Later I understood that it was Leonid calling, but he no longer had the strength to say anything. In this way, having bade a silent farewell, a most talented chess player departed at the bloom of his age and strength". (V. Korchnoi)

from http://ruchess.ru/en/persons_of_day...

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