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Michael Francis Stean
M Stean 
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Number of games in database: 450
Years covered: 1969 to 1982
Last FIDE rating: 2500
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +111 -83 =250 (53.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (42) 
    B89 B83 B42 B52 B32
 English (36) 
    A10 A15 A14 A13 A17
 English, 1 c4 c5 (26) 
    A30 A34 A33 A36 A32
 English, 1 c4 e5 (19) 
    A29 A28 A21 A25 A27
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C69 C72 C84 C91 C62
 Pirc (15) 
    B09 B08 B07
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (72) 
    B93 B52 B90 B97 B92
 Sicilian Najdorf (35) 
    B93 B90 B92 B97 B99
 Grunfeld (18) 
    D86 D87 D90 D85 D78
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E17 E15 E19 E12
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E21 E55 E32 E47 E52
 English (13) 
    A15 A10 A13 A19 A14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Stean vs Browne, 1974 1-0
   M Stean vs Sax, 1978 1-0
   M Stean vs A Planinc, 1975 1-0
   M Stean vs E Ungureanu, 1976 1-0
   M Stean vs Geller, 1975 1/2-1/2
   Hebden vs M Stean, 1982 0-1
   Sax vs M Stean, 1977 0-1
   M Stean vs Vaganian, 1975 1/2-1/2
   M Stean vs M Corden, 1975 1-0
   M Stean vs Sosonko, 1975 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Islington Junior A (1970)
   Amsterdam Zonal (1978)
   Kostic Memorial (1979)
   Be'er Sheva (1978)
   British Championship (1972)
   Las Palmas (1978)
   British Championship (1974)
   Sao Paolo (1979)
   EUR-chT (Men) 7th (1980)
   Slater Young Masters (1971)
   Hastings 1979/80 (1979)
   Hastings 1972/73 (1972)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Haifa Olympiad (1976)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)

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(born Sep-04-1953, 69 years old) United Kingdom

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Michael Francis Stean was born on the 4th of September 1953 in London, England. He finished 3rd at the 1973 World Junior Chess Championships behind Alexander Beliavsky and Tony Miles. Awarded the IM title in 1975 and the GM title in 1977 (The third Englishman to attain the title after Miles and Keene). He finished 1st= in the 1974 British Championship but lost the play-off. He played on 5 English Olympiad teams from 1974 - 1983 and has won 1st prizes at Vrsac 1979, Smederevska Palanka 1980 and Beer Sheba 1982. A specialist in Opening Theory he served as one of Viktor Korchnoi 's seconds in the 1977 - 1981 period. He is the author of Simple Chess, an introduction to chess strategy.

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 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 481  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S J Mann vs M Stean 0-1301969BCF-ch U16D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
2. M Stean vs Timman 0-1481970Islington opB03 Alekhine's Defense
3. M Stean vs J Hardinge  1-0261970Hastings Christmas CongressB42 Sicilian, Kan
4. W J Collins vs M Stean  0-1331970Glorney CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. M Stean vs A H Balemans  1-0241970Glorney CupB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
6. S Cronick vs M Stean  0-1281970Glorney CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. S Mariotti vs M Stean  0-1371970Islington Junior AD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
8. M Stean vs Timman  1-0251970Islington Junior AB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. Miles vs M Stean 1-0531970Islington Junior AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. M Stean vs R R Smith  ½-½351970Islington Junior AB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
11. R Bellin vs M Stean  ½-½261970Islington Junior AB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
12. R Johannes vs M Stean  1-0231970Islington Junior AE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. M Stean vs R O'Kelly  1-0281970Islington Junior AA30 English, Symmetrical
14. Nunn vs M Stean  0-1231970Islington Junior AB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
15. M Stean vs R W L Moberly 0-1191970Islington Junior AC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
16. M Stean vs J Bellin  1-0251971Cambridge CB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
17. M Stean vs Keene  0-1321971Camb Univ blitzB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
18. N J Patterson vs M Stean  0-1301971Cambridge CB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
19. M Stean vs B Eley  1-0281971Slater Young MastersC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
20. R Bellin vs M Stean  1-0381971Slater Young MastersB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
21. M Stean vs G Botterill  0-1311971Slater Young MastersB07 Pirc
22. M Stean vs L Blackstock  1-0341971Slater Young MastersA15 English
23. V W Knox vs M Stean  ½-½861971Slater Young MastersA36 English
24. M Stean vs S Webb  0-1561971Slater Young MastersB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
25. S Saverymuttu vs M Stean  1-0181971Slater Young MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 481  PGN Download
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Sep-04-08  RandomVisitor: Quotes from Simple Chess:

Sep-04-11  BobCrisp: Chess is a simple game made difficult by fools. And vice versa.
Sep-04-11  Llawdogg: Happy 58th Birthday!
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  Everett:    <whiteshark: <Simple Chess> If it's simple, why the book? :D>

If you're smart, why play stupid?

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  whiteshark: A statist will always choose complexity over simplicity.

But you already knew that.

Dec-24-11  JoergWalter: Quote of the day:
<Where are their new objectives? If each player is capable of quick development, castling, and of not blundering any pieces away, what is there to separate the two sides?>

The different colours?

Dec-24-11  Cibator: "Chess is not a simple game"

- M F Stean

Dec-25-11  JoergWalter: not to be misunderstood, I like Stean's little book "Simple chess".

First sentence in the introduction:

<Don't be deceived by the title-chess is not a simple game-such a claim would be misleading to say the least-but that does not mean that we must bear the full brunt of its difficulty.>

Why not simply find a better title?

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  GrahamClayton: <jahhaj>It seems accountancy paid better than professional chess.

Stean himself said that towards the end of his chess career, he was spending more time analysing games rather than playing them. His knowledge of structured analysis fits in well with taxation accountancy. Stean works with Baker Tilly:

Sep-04-13  waustad: Welcome to sexigenarianism! I'm not sure of the spelling, but I'll go with that one.
Sep-04-13  offramp: "The winner of the first point is the loser of the last."

- Michael Stean

Sep-04-13  RedShield: <Why not simply find a better title?>

Why not sell fewer copies?

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  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< "Where are their new objectives? If each player is capable of quick development, castling, and of not blundering any pieces away, what is there to separate the two sides?" >

-Michael Stean

EVENTUALLY blundering pieces away.

May-10-15  TheFocus: <The psychological effects of having to hold a prospectless position for what might seem an infinite amount of time does nothing to aid the defender's concentration> - Michael Stean.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <Never in the history of chess have so many moves been repeated so often so quickly by so many people who didn't really understand them> - Michael Stean.
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  perfidious: One is tempted to speculate that Stean was referring to the Sicilian Najdorf in the above quote.
May-10-15  TheFocus: Ruy Lopez, actually.
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  perfidious: That would have got my vote for second choice.
May-12-15  TheFocus: <The most important feature of the Chess position is the activity of the pieces. This is absolutely fundamental in all phases of the game: Opening, Middlegame and especially Endgame. The primary constraint on a piece's activity is the pawn structure> - Michael Stean.
May-12-15  TheFocus: <The psychological effects of having to hold a prospectless position for what might seem an infinite amount of time does nothing to aid the defender's concentration> - Michael Stean.
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

< Where are their new objectives? If each player is capable of quick development, castling, and of not blundering any pieces away, what is there to separate the two sides? >

-- Michael Stean

In what connection?

Sep-04-17  PJs Studio: These are some sweet quotes. I bet he is/was a hell of a coach
Aug-25-18  Retireborn: Looking for the complete score of the game Stean-A.Herzog, played Greifensee 1972 according John Nunn's book. I take that to be a junior tournament.

Very grateful if anybody has or can point me to it.

Jun-04-20  Nosnibor: Stean shared first place with Hug in the St Jean de Mouts Master Tournament in July 1973 scoring 7/10.3rd equal were Toth and Preissmann 6.5,5th equal Ghitescu and Hartoch 6,7th Puhm 5,8th Kouatly 4,9th Gereben 3.5, 10th Goldenberg 2.5 11th Wolfgang Schmid 1.
Oct-31-21  Albertan: Meet the Black schoolboy aged just twelve who beat an International Chess Grandmaster:

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