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Alexander G Beliavsky vs Michael Francis Stean
Lucerne Olympiad (1982), Lucerne SUI, rd 9, Nov-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Poisoned Pawn Variation (B97)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Common move is 9...Qa3 and 10...Qa3 looks possible too. 11...Nc5 is a decisive mistake, although the position is already quite difficult for black. After 11...Qa3 12.Bxb5 axb5 13.Nxb5 is possible and also other continuations look quite promising for white.

13...c4 doesn't save black for 14.Be2 gxf6 15.a3! and the Queen is trapped but 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Nxc5 could have been slightly more accurate or at least easier order of moves of Beliavsky to avoid this possibility.

In the final position after 15...axb5 16.Bxb5+ Ke7 17.Rfd1 there is no reasonable defence against 18.Qd6 or 18.Qd8 mate.

Jul-21-18  wordfunph: nice 15.Nxb5!


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  Dionysius1: I really like 16 ♗xb5! It not only gives the B power, it unlocks the Q as well and there are so many unguarded entry points on the d file that mate follows quickly. That dual value move, which is hard to see, is the kind of move that lifts my heart - like the first time someone showed me the Q sacrifice smothered mate technique. Ah chess is fun!
Jul-22-18  areknames: To me it seems almost incomprehensible that a GM of Stean's strength could succumb so easily in what at the time would have been one of the most extensively analyzed opening variations. His attempt to get out of book so early certainly backfired, perhaps he was already quite weary of competitive chess?
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  Plaskett: Indeed, Arekames.
That, apart from a few games in the Dutch league, was the last game he played,. 15 move trouncing and the man had had enough and so "retired hurt". He told me at the start of 1982, "I want to play an Interzonal! I mean; I´m not going to make it to the Candidates, am I?" "You tell me", I responded.
"Oh, I´d be there by now!"
The story is that, having failed by a hair´s breadth to qualify, via a play off held in Holland, for the Interzonal he was gutted. Took up the law and did very nicely, too. I would often bump into him on the tube in the early 1990s as his workplace and mine were near each other.
Sep-06-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi areknames,

"<His [Stean's] attempt to get out of book so early certainly backfired...">

In 1982 Stean had just published a book on the Najdorf,


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