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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Leonid Stein.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
Leonid Stein vs Tigran Petrosian, Moscow, 1961
3qk3/pr3ppr/4p1n1/1p1pP3/b1pP2B1/2P3P1/2P2RP1/2BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe6 if fxe6 Qg4 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Leonid Stein vs German Khodos, Yerevan, 1962
4R3/1n2N2r/3pNppk/p2P1p2/1p3P2/1Pn3P1/P1P3K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ng8+ Kh5 Ng7+ Rxg7 Nxf6+ ]

c)
Manuel Aaron vs Leonid Stein, Stockholm, 1962
1r1qr2k/6bp/n2Q2p1/1NpPn3/4P3/6NP/1P4P1/1BB2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa5 if Na7 Rbd8 ]

d)
Leonid Stein vs Ratmir Kholmov, Moscow, 1963
4rbk1/1p5p/pq2p3/3nQpN1/2R5/1P5P/P2B1PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc3 if Nxc3 Qf6 Re7 Rc8 ]

e)
Leonid Stein vs Larry Evans, Amsterdam, 1964
b2r2k1/6q1/5pB1/1p6/2p5/2P1B1QP/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf7+ Kxf7 (if Kh8 Qh4+ mates) Qc7+ ]

Leonid Stein puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Leonid Stein vs Manuel Perez Fungueiro, Amsterdam, 1964
r1b2rk1/pp2nppp/2n1p3/1B1pP3/3P4/1R3N2/q1PB1PPP/3QK2R w - - 0 1
[ Qc1 a6 Bd3 Nf5 Ra3 ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Leonid Stein vs Viktor Korchnoi, Moscow, 1964
r3r3/1p3p2/p7/4kB2/1Q6/3R3P/P1P3PK/q7 w - - 0 1
[ Qd6+ Kxf5 Rf3+ Ke4 Qd3+ ]

c)
Leonid Stein vs Nikola Spiridonov, Tel Aviv, 1964
1r1r2k1/p3np1p/1n2p1pP/2N5/1pPP4/1P3BP1/2K2P2/R6R w - - 0 1
[ Na6 Rbc8 Bb7 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Leonid Stein vs Vladimir Liberzon, Yerevan, 1965
r1bR1r1k/pp4b1/1q2pNpp/n7/6PQ/2P2N2/PP2B3/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ Qxh6+ Bxh6+ Rxh6+ Kg7 Rh7+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Abram Khasin vs Leonid Stein, Tallinn, 1965
5r1k/1q5p/p3Q3/1p4b1/2np3P/8/P1P1R1R1/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Kh2 Bf4+ Kh3 Qf3+ ]

Leonid Stein puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Leonid Stein vs Isaak Birbrager, Moscow, 1966
rn2kb1r/pQ2p1pp/2p1Np2/8/5BP1/2PK1N1P/PP3q2/R7 w - - 1 0
[ Qc8+ Kf7 Nfg5+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Leonid Stein vs Jan Westman, Habana, 1966
1r2r3/1p1q1p1k/p2p1P1p/3Pn1n1/PR5Q/6B1/4B1PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qxh6+ Kxh6 Rh4+ Kg6 Bh5+ ]

c)
Alberic O'kelly De Galway vs Leonid Stein, Habana, 1968
r5k1/2r1Rp1p/1q1n2p1/3P4/1Pp5/6P1/1P3PBP/3NQ1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe7 Qxe7 Re8 ]

d)
Istvan Bilek vs Leonid Stein, Kecskemet, 1968
3r1rk1/1b2bppp/p3p3/R3N3/2pB1P2/2P3qP/PP1Q2P1/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 cxd4 Bb4 ]

e)
Leonid Stein vs Levente Lengyel, Moscow, 1971
2rr2k1/p1q1bppp/1p6/2n2Q2/8/1P3BP1/PB3P1P/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be5 if g6 Qf4 ]

f)
Black mates in 4.
Mark Tseitlin vs Leonid Stein, Leningrad, 1971
5k1r/pp2R3/5p2/2q3r1/2b5/4R2p/PPPQN2P/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf5+ if Ke1 Rg1+ ]

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