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Huebner - Adorjan Candidates Quarterfinal Match

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

Hübner qualified for this match from the Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979). Adorjan qualified from the Budapest Interzonal Playoff (1979) after the Riga Interzonal (1979). The other quarterfinals 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 reportedly amused by the large delegation that came with Adorjan: his wife and daughter, three seconds, and a psychotherapist. (3) Hübner had only one second, 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) His opponent apparently did not ask for suspensions. After eight games, Hübner was leading by 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 Hübner 2600 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 5½ Adorjan 2550 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 4½

Chief arbiter (Hauptschiedsrichter): Henk Folkerts. (7) Hübner advanced to the Huebner - Portisch Candidates Semifinal (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  ½-½281980Huebner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalD85 Grunfeld
2. Adorjan vs Huebner  ½-½191980Huebner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
3. Huebner vs Adorjan 1-0351980Huebner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalB33 Sicilian
4. Adorjan vs Huebner ½-½131980Huebner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
5. Huebner vs Adorjan 1-0421980Huebner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. Adorjan vs Huebner 1-0421980Huebner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
7. Huebner vs Adorjan  ½-½401980Huebner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
8. Adorjan vs Huebner  ½-½141980Huebner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalC42 Petrov Defense
9. Huebner vs Adorjan ½-½661980Huebner - Adorjan Candidates QuarterfinalA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Adorjan vs Huebner  ½-½341980Huebner - 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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