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Lev Polugaevsky vs Leonid Stein
USSR Championship (1965), Tallinn URS, rd 11, Dec-09
Benoni Defense: Czech Benoni Defense (A56)  ·  0-1

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Nov-07-05
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  IMlday: White doesn't castle at all!
Jun-14-07  RandomVisitor: After 31...Ng8 white has an advantage.

Better might be 31...Qd8 when 32.Qb6 (Bh6 might be best here) Qe7 33.Qxa6? is met by Nf4+! with advantage to black.

31...Kg7 (preventing Bh6) is also good here.

Oct-05-07  Maynard5: This is a complex game. Play proceeds thematically in the blockaded positions arising from the Benoni. Black prepares an eventual break with ... f5, while White lines up his pieces to prevent it (Ng3, Bd3, Qc2). However, White apparently loses the theme of the position with the pointless 20. Nd2, allowing ... Bh4, followed by 22. Nf3, acknowledging that the knight should never have left f3 to begin with. Black blunders with 23. ... bxc4, which enables White to obtain counterplay on the b-file. Instead, with 23. ... f5!, Black would unequivocally gain the advantage. Even so, White is forced to sacrifice a pawn with 25. Nh2 to stop Black's kingside attack. The critical moment comes after 32. ... Rf6. By accepting the sacrifice, White allows Black's minor pieces to support the queen's incursion on the kingside, while his own heavy pieces are too far from the theater of action. Instead, 33. Qb8, forcing the exchange of queens, should hold a draw.
Aug-31-13  parisattack: One of the first games of chess I remember playing over in detail - from a Chess Review magazine, circa 1966.

Beautiful example of the Closed Benoni - and good luck trying to duplicate Stein's play. The couple of times I tried the CB I was wishing for a 9th rank for some of my pieces!

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