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Hübner - Adorjan Candidates Quarterfinal Match

Robert Huebner5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[games]
Andras Adorjan4.5/10(+1 -2 =7)[games] Chess Event Description
Hübner - Adorjan Candidates Quarterfinal (1980)

Hübner had qualified for this match from the Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979), and Adorjan had qualified from the Budapest Interzonal Playoff (1979) which followed after the Riga Interzonal (1979). The other quarterfinal matches were: Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates Quarterfinal (1980), Portisch - Spassky Candidates Quarterfinal (1980) and Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates Quarterfinal (1980). In all matches, the winner was the first to get 5,5 points.

The playing venue was the Kurhaus (1) in Bad Lauterberg. (2) The Germans were said to be amused by the large delegation that came with Adorjan: three seconds, wife and daughter, and a psychotherapist. (3) Hübner had one second, the Icelandic GM Gudmundur Sigurjonsson, who according to Hübner "had to bear the whole burden of my moods and my chess inability". (3) According to the regulations, the players had three times the right to defer a game. (4) Adorjan did this before Game 2, before Game 8 on occasion of the celebration of his 30th birthday, (5) and before Game 9 because he was not feeling well. (6) Apparently, his opponent did not ask for suspensions. After eight games, Hübner was leading 2-1. Then came four days without play. In the ninth game, this position occurred:

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Adorjan now squandered a chance to level the score with 65...Rxh3. He went for 65...Rc5, but after 66.Kxh4! Rxg5, Hübner was stalemated.

Bad Lauterberg, West Germany, 16 March - 9 April 1980

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 GM Hübner 2600 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 5½ 2 GM Adorjan 2550 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 4½

Henk Folkerts was Hauptschiedsrichter (main arbiter). (7)

Hübner advanced to the Hübner - Portisch Candidates Semifinal (1980), and to the Korchnoi - Hübner Candidates Final (1980).


(3) Der Spiegel, 52/1980:
(4) De Telegraaf, 18 March 1980, p. 23.
(5) Het Vrije Volk, 1 April 1980, p. 15.
(6) De Waarheid, 5 April 1980, p. 7.
(7) Wolfram Runkel in Die Zeit, 4 April 1980:

Original collection: Game Collection: Hübner - Adorjan Candidates Quarterfinal 1980 by User: Tabanus.

 page 1 of 1; 10 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Huebner vs Adorjan  ½-½281980Hübner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalD85 Grunfeld
2. Adorjan vs Huebner  ½-½191980Hübner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
3. Huebner vs Adorjan 1-0351980Hübner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalB33 Sicilian
4. Adorjan vs Huebner ½-½131980Hübner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
5. Huebner vs Adorjan  1-0421980Hübner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. Adorjan vs Huebner 1-0421980Hübner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
7. Huebner vs Adorjan  ½-½401980Hübner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
8. Adorjan vs Huebner  ½-½141980Hübner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalC42 Petrov Defense
9. Huebner vs Adorjan ½-½661980Hübner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Adorjan vs Huebner  ½-½341980Hübner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalC42 Petrov Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-17-14  GumboGambit: A bit ironic that Huebner was described as the low maintenance competitor this time around.

Unfortunately, he crumbled later on against Korchnoi in the Candidates Final.

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