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Stein: Move by Move Paperback – March 7, 2016
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Stein Move by Move is different than other game collections in the Move by Move series. First, the introduction is much lengthier than normal and features many interesting observations about Stein, particularly regarding his playing style. Second the games in this book are arranged chronologically rather than by theme which is the Everyman standard. In this case the deviation was a good idea as it is interesting to trace Stein's development as a player. The 60 games in this close to 500 page tome are well-annotated and players of all levels will appreciate them those with FIDE titles. This is the definitive Stein book. Highly Recommended (John Donaldson, International master, International Master www.JeremySilman.com)
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Thomas Engqvist is an International Master from Sweden. He has over 30 years' experience as a chess coach, teacher and writer. His previous book, Petrosian: Move by Move, was nominated for the prestigious English Chess Federation Book of the Year award.
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Stein was noted as an extremely rapid player, with blitz speed of calculation (like the young Annand). The Soviet chess development programs at the Young Pioneers did not identify him as a top prospect, so Stein developed his skills independent of a trainer. He only achieved the master title at age 24!! He got his big break as a last minute substitute in a Ukrainian Championship, did well, qualified again for the following year, which he won against a weakened field-- earning a road to qualify for the 1961 Soviet championship. Usually outsider types are usually lambs to slaughterhouse, however Stein busted the unbeatable Petrosian in an early round, took several other GM scalps to finish tied for 3rd place and qualification for the '62 Interzonal. This weak master was suddenly competing in the highest GM tournaments. The Ukraine Federation provided mentors (Geller, Gufeld) to help Stein develop an adequate opening mix, learn GM-class endgame technique and advance fast as a world-class player. From 1964-67, Stein won 3 USSR titles, twice was denied a rightful place in the Candidates (due to a rule limiting the number of Soviet representatives), was first or second in 14 tournaments (including the super-GM 1967 Moscow event, ahead of 4 world champions). His short playing career runs from 1961 to his sudden death in 1973.
Stein's trademark game features unremarkable standard opening play, which might be punctuated by a sudden ferocious attack where the opposing IM or GMs struggles with being eaten alive. TE's deep notes are excellent in trying to explain what/how this is happening. TE duplicates only 8 games from the standard Gufeld/ Lazarev collection, (4 of which are too famous not to be included). There is greater duplication with Keene's book from 35 years, but these lightly annotated in the style common to 1970s. In the 1980's, I found studying Keene's book opened my chess knowledge and greatly improved my attacking ability (which TE reports was also his experience). The book is well laid out, with a good introduction and bio. Games are in chronological orde,r with excellent notes and well-placed diagrams. Luckily I ordered this book on pre-release, so it was affordable; however, I find Amazon's $34 base price too steep for my budget.