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Mark Taimanov vs Leonid Stein
USSR Championship (1966/67), Tbilisi URS, rd 9, Jan-12
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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May-22-07  M.D. Wilson: Stein's record against Taimanov was impressive; he was indeed the superior player. I think Stein has been somewhat classified as the "other" grandmaster of Soviet chess. Although his time in the game was short, and his competitive opportunities few, his talent was comparable to Spassky, Tal and Fischer.
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  plang: "his talent was comparable to Spassky, Tal and Fischer."

Stein was a brilliant talent, perhaps comparable to Larsen or Geller but he never came close to the world championship. he never even qualified for the candidate matches. He was 39 when he died so it is unlikely that his chess would have improved if he had lived longer.

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  IMlday: White's move order with 5.Nh3 loses a tempo compared to 5.d3 Nge7 6.Be3 d6 7.Nh3. On 6..b6 7.Nge2 is possible. Beautiful game though; Stein played artistic chess!
May-23-07  M.D. Wilson: plang: It's not only talent that gets you to world championship matches. Talent is only one facet of a chessplayer's practical strength. Coaches, work ethic, ambition also have a key role. Unlikely that he would have improved? I think there is every chance he would have improved. Age and experience never did Kortchnoi any harm.
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  plang: Korchnoi is unique in chess history (except maybe for Lasker). To expect Stein's carreer to parallel Korchnois is quite unrealistic and illogical. Most players peak in their early to mid 30s.
May-26-07  M.D. Wilson: plang: I never said it was expected that Stein's career would resemble Kortchnoi's. I said it might have been a possibility, from a purely personal perspective. Who knows? In the chess world at least, life is very unpredictable. Your conclusion is facile at best.
Mar-11-14  monadnock54: Well, so much for the Closed Variation of the Sicilian, yes? Stein never used it.
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  perfidious: White's play in this game seems supine: he gives his redoubtable opponent the better bishop, a strong square at e5 and all the play.

As to the question of Stein's career, it was most unfortunate that he was twice deprived of a candidates spot by the rules then in force. On the other hand, had he scored higher in those interzonals, some of his compatriots would have been on the outside looking in, rather than himself.

Apr-11-18  zydeco: Suttles improved on this line the next year with 14.f5!

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