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Robert Huebner vs Viktor Korchnoi
Korchnoi - Hübner Candidates Final (1981), Merano ITA, rd 9, Jan-06
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System (C07)  ·  (no result)


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Nov-18-08  Open Defence: is the score incomplete ?
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  Jim Bartle: Yes, what does the annotation after the last move mean? "Huebner resigned the match with two unfinished games."

Does this mean with two games remaining, or with two games adjourned¿

Nov-18-08  Open Defence: ok, Huebner withdrew from the match I think, but then shouldn't it be recorded as a loss ?

I understand 2 unfinished games to mean they probably were under adjournment but let me do some research

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  whiteshark: Mark Weeks wrote: "Korchnoi beat two Soviets to face West German Huebner in the Candidates final, Meran 1980. Trailing +3-2=3 with two adjournments, Huebner resigned the match."

The situation: After 6 games Hübner was leading with +2 =3 -1, then he lost game 7 + 8.

This 9th game looks drawish and the adjourned game 10 is simply lost.

I think the outcome of game 7 decided the match when Hübner blundered terribly : Huebner vs Korchnoi, 1980

Game Collection: WCC Index [Korchnoi-Huebner 1980] by nescio2

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  Sularus: should be resolved by now
Mar-17-17  Petrosianic: According to Chess Life, it was believed that both games would be adjuciated. Korchnoi thought this game would be a draw and the other one a win for himself. It was never explained why Huebner didn't just forfeit both games for failure to turn up to the resumptions.

But then nothing ever seems to have happened. Apparently no adjudication took place, the games were never finished or rated, and Chess Life didn't bother to report this.

Or maybe they were adjudicated and nobody cared to report it. We don't even know that much.

Mar-19-17  Howard: Exactly! Chess Life never gave an update as to those two adjourned games.
Mar-19-17  Retireborn: In Informator games 9 and 10 (both annotated by Matanovic) are scored as wins for Korchnoi, although the position from game 9 is evaluated equal.

I don't suppose Matanovic had any special information, but I assume Huebner was deemed to have forfeited the games, or perhaps lost them on time technically.

Mar-20-17  Petrosianic: Did Matanovic say anything about this game, or did he just put a 0-1 at the end?

If they were both forfeits, then the final score of the match was 6½-3½ in Korchnoi's favor, but most sources say 4½-3½ with two unfinished games. The real clincher would be if we knew whether or not the games were rated, but we don't even know that. It's kind of Mickey Mouse that the score of a Candidates Final should be in doubt.

Somewhere I have a book with a listing of all FIDE Events up through like 1973. I wonder if there's a similar book covering 1980?

Mar-20-17  Retireborn: <Petrosianic> Just 1-0, there's no real text in Informator. It's certainly possible that they were ignored for rating purposes.
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