Winning Ugliest

Concluding my series of horrible Black wins in the Czech Benoni, here’s a game in which one of my Dad’s idols, Leonid Stein, was completely lost after 26…Rg8. He went on to win in the end but not thanks to his ugly position:

[Event “RUS-UKR m”]
[Site “Leningrad”]
[Date “1957”]
[Round “”]
[White “Vladimirov, Boris T”]
[Black “Stein, Leonid”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “E73”]
[PlyCount “114”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e5 4. Nc3 d6 5. e4 g6 6. Be2 Bg7 7. h4 h5 8. Bg5 a6 9.
a4 Nbd7 10. Qd2 Qa5 11. Ra3 Rb8 12. Nh3 Qb4 13. Qc2 Qa5 14. f3 Nh7 15. Be3 Qd8
16. Nf2 Nhf8 17. Qd2 b6 18. Ra1 Bf6 19. g3 Rg8 20. Kd1 Rh8 21. Kc2 Rb7 22. Nh3
Nh7 23. Rag1 Ndf8 24. g4 hxg4 25. fxg4 Bxh4 26. g5 Rg8 27. Bg4 f6 28. gxf6 Bxf6
29. Bxc8 Qxc8 30. Qe2 Rf7 31. Nd1 Bh4 32. Rg4 g5 33. Rg2 Qd7 34. b3 g4 35. Nhf2
Bxf2 36. Nxf2 g3 37. Nh3 Qg4 38. Qxg4 Rxg4 39. Kd3 Ng6 40. Ng1 Ng5 41. Bxg5
Rxg5 42. Ke3 Rf1 43. Nh3 Nf4 44. Rxf1 Nxg2+ 45. Ke2 Rg6 46. Rf5 Rh6 47. Ng1 Rh1
48. Rf1 Nf4+ 49. Kf3 Nh3 50. Kg2 Rxg1+ 51. Rxg1 Nxg1 52. Kxg1 Kf7 53. Kg2 Kf6
54. Kxg3 Kg5 55. Kf3 Kh4 56. b4 cxb4 57. a5 b3 0-1

Sam Davies

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Sam Davies is the 15 year old son of GM Nigel Davies and a keen chess player in his own right. After a slow start with the game he has made rapid progress in the last few years and is now winning tournaments. Unlike other juniors he does not play in junior tournaments and likes playing positional chess.