Robert Huebner
Number of games in database: 1,593
Years covered: 1961 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2599
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640
Overall record: +462 -238 =845 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      48 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (132) 
    B63 B33 B46 B90 B92
 Ruy Lopez (84) 
    C92 C95 C80 C67 C82
 English (53) 
    A15 A14 A10 A18 A17
 King's Indian (45) 
    E60 E63 E62 E67 E98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (45) 
    C92 C95 C89 C96 C93
 English, 1 c4 e5 (44) 
    A29 A28 A22 A21 A25
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (103) 
    B42 B43 B40 B20 B23
 French Defense (84) 
    C07 C04 C18 C16 C00
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (72) 
    D20 D27 D23 D29 D22
 Slav (59) 
    D17 D19 D10 D15 D14
 Queen's Indian (54) 
    E12 E15 E14 E17 E19
 Ruy Lopez (45) 
    C69 C80 C75 C72 C68
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Huebner vs Portisch, 1986 1-0
   Huebner vs Korchnoi, 1987 1-0
   Huebner vs Adorjan, 1980 1/2-1/2
   Fischer vs Huebner, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Huebner vs Smyslov, 1983 1/2-1/2
   Huebner vs Salov, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Huebner vs Korchnoi, 1980 1-0
   Karpov vs Huebner, 1979 1/2-1/2
   Portisch vs Huebner, 1978 0-1
   V Gashimov vs Huebner, 2010 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1968/69 (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1975)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Tilburg Interpolis (1977)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Bugojno (1978)
   Pan Pacific International (1995)
   European Club Cup (2009)
   2009-2010 Bundesliga (2009)
   Snowdrops and Old-hands (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   xx_25 Annotated Games (by Robert Huebner) by whiteshark
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1971 by suenteus po 147
   Belfort World Cup 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Bugojno 1978 by Benzol
   WCC Index [Smyslov-Huebner 1983] by Hesam7

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(born Nov-06-1948) Germany

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Dr. Robert Huebner was born in Cologne in 1948. At age sixteen, he tied for first in the European Championship, and in 1971 he earned the International Grandmaster title by qualifying into the World Championship Candidates. He also qualified in 1980 (when he reached the finals before losing to Viktor Korchnoi) and in 1983 (when he lost his quarterfinal match to Vasily Smyslov on the spin of a roulette wheel). Huebner still lives in Germany and, as of January 2005, was still rated in FIDE's world top 100 players.

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 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,595  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Eichner vs Huebner  1-065 1961 GER-ch TT (final)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
2. Huebner vs J Bichlmeier  1-046 1961 GER-ch TT (final)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
3. Huebner vs F Vogelmann  ½-½56 1961 GER-ch TT (final)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. Huebner vs Kolbak  1-077 1964 EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. Huebner vs S Noorda  1-029 1964 EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
6. C F Woodcock vs Huebner  ½-½30 1964 EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdC03 French, Tarrasch
7. R Verstraeten vs Huebner  ½-½52 1964 EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdB42 Sicilian, Kan
8. Huebner vs R Brent  1-062 1965 Wch U20B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
9. Huebner vs Averbakh  0-150 1965 EU-chTB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
10. Hecht vs Huebner  0-140 1965 FRG-ch 08thB42 Sicilian, Kan
11. Huebner vs A Delander  1-041 1965 FRG-chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. Huebner vs M Gerusel  1-040 1965 FRG-chB32 Sicilian
13. Huebner vs R Eggmann  ½-½23 1965 Wch U20D02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Huebner vs K Honfi  1-067 1965 EU-chTC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
15. H Schroeder vs Huebner  ½-½32 1965 FRG-chD04 Queen's Pawn Game
16. V Tukmakov vs Huebner  1-036 1965 Wch U20 f-AB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. Huebner vs R Hartoch  ½-½33 1965 Wch U20A05 Reti Opening
18. Y Bleiman vs Huebner  ½-½44 1965 Wch U20A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
19. O Martius vs Huebner  ½-½29 1965 FRG CupTB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
20. A Capece vs Huebner  0-127 1965 Wch U20 q-5B42 Sicilian, Kan
21. Unzicker vs Huebner  ½-½37 1965 FRG-chB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Huebner vs I Farago  ½-½46 1965 Wch U20C15 French, Winawer
23. Huebner vs Schmid  ½-½52 1965 FRG CupTC15 French, Winawer
24. Huebner vs D Ciric 0-119 1965 EU-chTB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
25. Huebner vs J Eising  1-041 1965 FRG-chD90 Grunfeld
 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,595  PGN Download
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Aug-21-12  Strongest Force: Huebner got a job doing researce. I know because I lived through this stuff. Chess is blessed with players with high academic degrees. I once got yelled at because my best friend (future math PHD) yelled at a current Brit-GM and math PhD. They both were staying with this up-state NY millionaire who called me in anger because my friend got into a fight with his famous guess over a stupid math problem!
Aug-22-12  hellopolgar: i see, thanks.
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  whiteshark: He did his Ph.D. with <summa cum laude>.
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  whiteshark: "Schon vor einem Jahr [1978] gab er seinen Job an der Universität Köln auf. Dort hat er Papyri aus Ägypten entziffert und kommentiert, die in Griechisch geschrieben und 1200 bis 2300 Jahre alt sind."

Aug-23-12  Strongest Force: If they gave out PHDs for lunch preparation I also would have been <summa cum loude>.
Aug-23-12  EdZelli: whiteshark: <hellopolgar> He gets his Ph.D in 1976

I actually met him around that time period. He was sporting a beard. We were told he is a university teacher through an interpreter. An expert in ancient languages . He seemed like a shy friendly guy.

Aug-24-12  hellopolgar: By the age of 28, Robert Huebner got his Ph.D, became a GM in chess. I am almost 28 myself, yet i am struggling around 1700 on FICS blitz, and still just trying to finish my master's thesis...
Aug-24-12  hellopolgar: on the other hand, I definitely know more about World of Warcraft and Game of Thrones than Robert Huebner. :P
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  Nightsurfer: Hi <hellopolgar>, thank you so much for sharing with us that very game that <Robert Huebner> has played and lost to the most legendary Chinese Xiangqi player, <xie xie>!
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  talisman: happy birthday to one of the greats!
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  whiteshark: Many happy returns of the Day, Robert Huebner!
Nov-06-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Happy 65th Birthday GM Robert Huebner! God bless! :D

Nov-06-13  Eastfrisian: On the chessgames - index site his year of birth is given with "1976" !!!.

Congrats Dr. Hübner. For long years you haven been the German chess hero.

Nov-06-13  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Robert Huebner!
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  lost in space: Happy Birthday, Robert
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  parisattack: His book 'Twenty-Five Annotated Games' is a modern classic. The games are analyzed to incredible depth - the book is 400+ pages.

Alas, its gotten to be an expensive tome - last one to sale on eBay went for $84.00; $200.00 on Amazon. The original German edition is some less expensive, however. Perhaps SS will get hold of it, make a K-Mart quality re-issue.

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  whiteshark: Hyvää syntymäpäivää!

<parisattack> There's no German edition. ("I was too lazy to translate the whole book into German.." R.H.)

--> Game Collection: xx_25 Annotated Games (by Robert Huebner)

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  whiteshark: Price: € 34,- ( direct from the Publisher: Edition Marco, VERLAG Arno Nickel )

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  parisattack: You're right! Thinking of his 'Errors' book in German.
Nov-06-13  Howard: Not to begrudge Huebner, but a lot of people weren't happy at all when he prematurely resigned his Candidates final against Korchnoi, in late 1980.

After eight games, Korchnoi was up by a point, with two adjourned games yet to be finished. He had a significant advantage in one of them, so it was possible Huebner was looking at a two-point deficit with six games remaining in this best-of-16 match.

Still, it seemed inappropriate of Huebner just to abandon the match....especially since he did the same thing with Petrosian in 1971 ! In that case, he was down by only one point with three games to go.

In both cases, he complained about match conditions as leading to his decision.

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  parisattack: High strung or perhaps nervous condition. I recall other more minor but similar instances reported of him in the 70s.
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  whiteshark: <Aber nach einigem Zögern habe ich mich entschlossen, für diesmal auf die Ausübung von Weisheit zu verzichten.>

- Robert Hübner

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  duchamp64: <parisattack> We have a lot in common and I would like to converse. How to get in contact with you? Please look up my profile and search the internet for my email address. Thanks.
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  TheFocus: <duchamp64> I have e-mailed <parisattack> and asked him to check in here.
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  offramp: My guess is that if one is highly qualified academically (<whiteshark: He did his Ph.D. with <summa cum laude>>) then chess loses its importance in one's everyday life - no matter how good one is at chess.

And I suppose that if all one can do is play chess, if chess is one's only skill, then it becomes over-important.

If Hübner was playing in some chess match and disliked the venue or the conditions he may have thought to himself, "What am I doing sitting here? I could be lollygagging in front of a class of teenagers in Dusseldorf! I'm orf!"

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