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🏆 Huebner - Portisch Candidates Semifinal (1980)

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Player: Robert Huebner

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Huebner vs Portisch ½-½271980Huebner - Portisch Candidates SemifinalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Portisch vs Huebner ½-½391980Huebner - Portisch Candidates SemifinalA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
3. Huebner vs Portisch  ½-½601980Huebner - Portisch Candidates SemifinalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Portisch vs Huebner  ½-½481980Huebner - Portisch Candidates SemifinalA14 English
5. Huebner vs Portisch ½-½611980Huebner - Portisch Candidates SemifinalA34 English, Symmetrical
6. Portisch vs Huebner ½-½301980Huebner - Portisch Candidates SemifinalE12 Queen's Indian
7. Huebner vs Portisch ½-½421980Huebner - Portisch Candidates SemifinalA14 English
8. Portisch vs Huebner  ½-½441980Huebner - Portisch Candidates SemifinalE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
9. Huebner vs Portisch 1-0401980Huebner - Portisch Candidates SemifinalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Portisch vs Huebner 0-1491980Huebner - Portisch Candidates SemifinalA14 English
11. Huebner vs Portisch ½-½541980Huebner - Portisch Candidates SemifinalA33 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-23-18  Olavi: This is one of the most interesting candidates' matches there was, undeservedly rather neglected. Hübner's ingenuity in defence was perhaps the deciding factor, although it came down to one move or two, as it should be.
Jun-12-18  Howard: Portisch was heavily favored to win this match, and quality of his play may have reflected that. Not only did he botch a won position in Game 11, but he probably should have won Game 5, as well.

See Game 5 for an interesting discussion as to how this game was "linked" to a game in the Korchnoi-Polugaevsky match !

Jun-13-18
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  lost in space: Yes, he was favored heavyly, also because Hübner was the lucky winner in the quarterfinals against Adorjan....and Portisch was seen as stronger as Adorjan (both are Hungarians).

Hübner won against both: in both case the match was narrow. I was thinking at that time that Hübner had nerves out of steel.

LOL, and then came his match against Kortchnoi and in a later cycle against Smyslov. I should have warned when locking at his match against Petrosian....

Jun-13-18  Howard: Hubner was never actually known for having "nerves of steel". In fact, in the April, 1983 issue of CL&R, his "bad nerves" were cited as a reason why the much-older Smyslov was viewed as having a decent chance to beat him in their Candidates match.

Which, in fact, is exactly what happened albeit it took literally the spin of a wheel to decide the match.

As far as his 1971 match against Iron Tigran, Huebner's bad nerves probably played a role. He resigned the match despite being down by just one point with three games left to go. Granted, Petrosian would have had an extra White, but that was no reason for Hubner to throw in the towel just yet.

Huebner was probably rattled by the fact that he'd turned an almost completely won position in Game 7 into a loss.

Jun-13-18  Howard: Not only that, if Portisch had won the match, then he--not Huebner--would have advanced to play Korchnoi in the Candidates final. Ya think, however, that Portisch would have prematurely resigned the match like Huebner did ?!

Not likely !

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