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Leonid Stein vs Henrique Mecking
Sousse Interzonal (1967), Sousse TUN, rd 10, Oct-28
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0



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Mar-15-04  AdrianP: A nice crisp tactical win by Stein.

Stein's 13 dxc5, 14 Nh2 and 15 Qf3 strike me as being an unusual approach to the closed Lopez, but I imagine that the thinking is, if you're going to open the d-file, you'd better get your Q off it a.s.a.p. and f3 is probably a good place for the Q.

16 ...g6?! strikes me as dubious, weakening the dark squares and, in particular, the N on f6, a point which Stein exploits in the coming combinations. I imagine Mecking already had in mind the Nd4!? idea and wanted to stop the N coming to f5... but it comes to f5 anyway!

20. Nf5! exploiting the fact that 20...gxf5? fails to 21. Qg3+ threatening mate on g7.

22. Rxe5, the smoke briefly clears, material is equal, but Stein has a strong attack.

23 ...Bxh6, hoping for 24. Qxf6 Qxg6 and Black is just about holding.

24. Ng4! exploiting the fact that the f6 Knight is pinned against the f7 pawn (24...Nxg4?? 25. Qxf7+ and Qxh7#)

(32. ...Kf8 Qd6!+ 33 Ke8 Rg8#)

May-24-08  computer chess guy: Computers like 22. .. ♕xb2 23. ♖ae1 (if 23. ♖ee1 or ♖d1, .. d3} ♗d6 and then it doesn't look like White has anything better than a perpetual via 24. fxg6 ♖xe5 25. ♘f1! ♖xe1 26. gxh7+ ♔xh7 27. ♕f5+ ♔xh6 28. ♕xf6+ etc.
Aug-27-08  Whitehat1963: Fridayish puzzle after 22...Bf8.
Jun-16-12  wordfunph: fantastic 20.Nf5!
Dec-25-13  Yopo: Supernatural!
Mar-28-14  Strelets: 32.Rg5+ Kf8 (32...Kh7 33.Qg7#) 33.Qd6+ Ke8 34.Rg8#

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