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Lubomir Kavalek vs Robert Huebner
Montreal (1979), Montreal CAN, rd 5, Apr-16
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  0-1
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Jun-19-05
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  offramp: Another flight of fantasy from the great Kavalek.

Huebner plays 12...c5 so as to clear away the central pawns. Kavalek replies by first offering a pawn, 14.d5 - which is undoubtedly correct - and then a whole rook. But is the minor-looking error of 12...c5 enough that black should lose the game?

It turns out that it is. Kavalek makes a big mistake in swapping off his suprb knight for the unmoved rook on h8.

Instead he could have played the normal developing move 21.Re1 when play might have gone 21...Re8 22.Ne5+ Kg8 23.Qg6 Bf8 24.Nf5 Rxe5 25.Rxe5 Qd7 26.Re7 Qxe7 27.Nxe7+ Bxe7 28.Bxh6 when surelt white is winning.

Nov-05-05
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  offramp: After 14. Rxe6. In another context Kortschnoi says that you should always have a good reason to give up a minor piece, but rooks you can give away with abandon.


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After 20...Kf7


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Kavalek's Fingerspitzengefuhl goes wrong and he - probably with huge reluctance - gives up his knight for the unmoved rook. As I said earlier, Re1 might well have won.

Mar-13-08  soberknight: Interesting.
Sep-04-09
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  offramp: Amazing. Thirty years since this game was played. Now there is a Tournament of Stars Memorial Tournament.
Sep-04-09
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  whiteshark: You <21.Re1!> line is quite conclusive, <offramp>.
Sep-04-09
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  whiteshark: Yes, <12...c5> is an error. Black should complete its development with <12...Be7> or <12...Qc7> first.
Sep-05-09
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  whiteshark: <12...c5> followers:


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[Event "WchT U26"]
[Site "Mendoza"]
[Date "1985.??.??"]
[Round "9"]
[White "London, Dimitri"]
[Black "Molina, William"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B19"]
[WhiteElo "2375"]
[BlackElo "2225"]

13. Rhe1 Be7 14. d5 Nxd5
15. Rxe6 fxe6 16. Qg6+ Kf8 17. Qxe6 Nc7 18. Qf5+ Nf6 19. Ne5 Qc8 20. Ng6+ Kf7 21. Nxh8+ Kg8 22. Ng6 Bf8 23. Qe5 Ncd5 24. Nf5 Qe8 25. Re1 Qd7 26. Nxf8 Rxf8 27. Nd6 Rd8 28. Ne4 Nxe4 29. Qxe4 Nf6 30. Qc4+ Kh8 31. Bc3 Qf5 32. b3 Qxf2 33. Qf7 Rg8 34. Re6 Qf4+ 35. Kb2 Qg5 36. Rxf6 1-0

Sep-05-09
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  whiteshark: <12...c5> followers II:


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[Event "Wch U14"]
[Site "Szeged"]
[Date "1994.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Babaev, Mikhail"]
[Black "Ali, A."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B19"]

13. Bc3 Nd5 14. dxc5 Nxc5
15. Qb5+ Qd7 16. Qxd7+ Nxd7 17. Bd2 Be7 18. Ne4 N7f6 19. Nc3 O-O 20. Nxd5 Nxd5 21. g4 Kh7 22. g5 Bd6 23. Rh4 Rad8 24. Rg1 Bc5 25. Rg2 Ne7 26. gxh6 gxh6 27. Bc3 Nf5 28. Rc4 Bb6 29. Bf6 Rc8 30. Rf4 Rg8 31. Rxg8 Rxg8 32. Ne5 Bd4 33. c3 Bxe5 34. Bxe5 Rd8 35. c4 Rd3 36. c5 Rd5 37. Bd6 Kg7 38. Rb4 Nxd6 39. cxd6 b6 40. Ra4 a5 41. Kc2 Rxd6 42. Rc4 Rd5 43. Rg4+ Rg5 44. Rxg5+ hxg5 45. Kc3 f5 46. Kc4 g4 47. Kd4 f4 48. Ke4 e5 49. a3 Kh6 50. b3 Kxh5 0-1

Sep-05-09
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  whiteshark: <12...c5> followers III:


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[Event "NED-chT 9596"]
[Site "Netherlands"]
[Date "1995.??.??"]
[White "Schendstock, Bernard"]
[Black "Fokkink, Wan"] (What's his name?)
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B19"]

13. Rhe1 Be7 14. Qe2 O-O 15. c4 cxd4 16. Nxd4 Qb6 17. Bc3 Rac8 18. b3 Bb4 19. Bxb4 Qxb4 20. Kb1 a5 21. Nb5 a4 22. Qd2 Rxc4 23. Qxb4 Rxb4 24. Nd4 axb3 25. Nxb3 Nc5 26. Kb2 Nxb3 27. axb3 Rb5 28. Rh1 Rc8 29. Rh4 Kf8 30. Rd2 Ke7 31. Rc2 Rxc2+ 32. Kxc2 Rd5 33. Kc3 Kd6 34. b4 Kc6 35. Rh1 b6 36. Rh4 Rg5 37. Rc4+ Kb5 38. Rh4 Re5 39. Rh1 Nd5+ 40. Kb3 Nxb4 41. Rh4 Nd5 42. Rg4 Rg5 43. Rxg5 hxg5 44. Ne4 f6 45. Nd6+ Kc5 46. Ne8 Nf4 47. Nxg7 Kd6 48. g3 Nd3 49. h6 Ne5 50. f4 Nf7 51. h7 gxf4 52. gxf4 f5 53. Kb4 Ke7 54. Nh5 Nh8 55. Kb5 Kf7 56. Kxb6 Kg6 57. Ng3 Kxh7 58. Kc6 Kg7 59. Kd6 Kf6 60. Nh5+ Kf7 61. Kd7 Ng6 62. Kd6 Ne7 63. Kd7 Ng8 64. Kd6 Nf6 0-1

Jun-23-17
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  Mateo: One of the most intersting games played in this tournament. 12...c5?! was a dubious experiment. 15.Rxe6!! was brilliant. Later, instead of the obvious 21.Nxh8?, he should have played 21.Rhe1! with an overwhelming attack.
Jun-23-17
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  offramp: <Mateo: One of the most intersting games played in this tournament. 12...c5?! was a dubious experiment. 15.Rxe6!! was brilliant. Later, instead of the obvious 21.Nxh8?, he should have played 21.Rhe1! with an overwhelming attack.>

Really? Are you sure? I can not believe that.

Jun-23-17  Retireborn: <offramp> It would be nice if you could sacrice a rook on e6, safe in the knowledge that it will regenerate on h1 in your time of need, wouldn't it?

Nevertheless he's correct that 21.Re1 is stronger than 21.Nxh8, as some punter called <offramp> pointed out more than ten years ago.

Jun-23-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: Another flight of fantasy from the great Kavalek.

Huebner plays 12...c5 so as to clear away the central pawns. Kavalek replies by first offering a pawn, 14.d5 - which is undoubtedly correct - and then a whole rook. But is the minor-looking error of 12...c5 enough that black should lose the game?

It turns out that it is. Kavalek makes a big mistake in swapping off his superb knight for the unmoved rook on h8.

Instead he could have played the normal developing move 21.Re1 when play might have gone 21...Re8 22.Ne5+ Kg8 23.Qg6 Bf8 24.Nf5 Rxe5 25.Rxe5 Qd7 26.Re7 Qxe7 27.Nxe7+ Bxe7 28.Bxh6 when surely white is winning.>

Very interesting post but I don't see how white is clearly winning at move 28. Bxh6 Nce8 29. g4 Kh8 30. g5 Ng8 31. Bxg7+ Nxg7 32. h6 Ne8 33. h7 Ngf6 34. gxf6 Nxf6 35. Qf7 Re8 doesn't look so hot for white (or so white hot). Or at least black is holding on by the skin of his teeth (assuming he just eat some greasy pea soup that left a mossy green skin on his teeth) Vat iss plan, Stan?

Jun-23-17  Retireborn: <CHC> Replace your 30.g5 with 30.Bf4 (Houdini) and then with h6 coming Black is going to lose too much material.
Jun-23-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <Retireborn: <CHC> Replace your 30.g5 with 30.Bf4 (Houdini) and then with h6 coming Black is going to lose too much material.>

And they call Houdini a great escape artist! What about this: 28. Bxh6 Nce8 29. g4 Kh8 30. Bf4 Nd5 31. Be5 Bf6 32. Qf7 Rd8 33. Bxf6 Ndxf6 34. Qxb7 Rd7 35. Qa8 Re7 36. Qd8 Re5

Jun-24-17  Retireborn: <CHC> Houdini wants to meet your 30...Nd5 with 31.Qf7 when Black has nothing better than 31...Nxf4 32.Qxe7 Nf6 33.h6! Rg8 34.hxg7+ Rxg7 35.Qxf6 and White's K-side pawns will win.
Jun-24-17
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  ChessHigherCat: I feel like John Henry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztv...) trying to outfox the computer again, but what about this?: 31. Qf7 Nef6 32. g5 Nxf4 33. gxf6 Bxf6 34. h6 Ne2+ 35. Kd2 Nd4 36. hxg7+ Bxg7 37. Qh5+ Kg8 38. Qd5+ Kh8 39. Qxc5 Rd8. Is black clearly lost here?
Jun-24-17  Retireborn: Again, if 31...Nef6 then 32.h6! is much the strongest move; if 32...gxh6 then 33.Be5 and 34.c4 and Black must lose material.
Jun-24-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Oh well, I guess the only solution is for John Henry to apply his hammer directly to the computer :-)
Jun-24-17  morfishine: Wait, hold it, White plays the astounding rook-sac, then loses???

I don't like this game

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