Leonid Stein: Instinctive Romantic

Leonid Stein (1934-1973), who died prematurely on this day 43 years ago, was one of the most dynamic attacking players of his generation.

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Krogius – Stein

Kiev 1960

Black to play

 

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Stein – Petrosian

Moscow 1961

White to play

 

E

Gligorić – Stein

Lvov 1962

Black to play

Stein with Karpov

Leonid Stein with  Anatoly Karpov

‘Infinite faith in himself was characteristic of Stein. He had sharp tactical vision and a keen instinct in positions with mutual chances.’

Anatoly Karpov in Eduard Gufeld and Efim Lazarev, Leonid Stein: Master of Risk Strategy (2001)

 

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Stein – Portisch

Stockholm 1962

White to play

E

Gligorić – Stein

Moscow 1967

Black to play

 

E

Ljubojević – Stein

Las Palmas 1973

Black to play

Stein v Smyslov

 Stein – Smyslov

Moscow 1972

White to play

From Stein’s last tournament game:

E

Sveshnikov – Stein

Moscow 1973

Black to play

 

Two books are recommended:

Eduard Gufeld and Efim Lazarev, Leonid Stein: Master of Risk Strategy (Davenport: Thinkers’ Press, 2001)

Raymond Keene, Leonid Stein: Master of Attack (London: TUI Enterprises, 1988)

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