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Robert Huebner vs Andras Adorjan
Hübner - Adorjan Candidates Quarterfinal (1980), Bad Lauterberg GER, rd 9, Apr-07
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-07-04  azaris: I wonder if Adorjan fell off his chair after 66. ♔xh4!!...
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  Eggman: This was the ninth game (of a scheduled ten) in this candidates quarterfinal match, and Adorjan, trailing by one, seemed poised to even things up. And then, tragically, he played 65...Rc5??, falling into a stalemate swindle. The final game was a draw, allowing Huebner to advance. Adorjan was never again a candidate.
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  GrahamClayton: Adorjan thought he was liquidating into a won pawn ending, so 66. ♔h4 must have been a nasty shock.
Jul-22-17  KingG: Ouch. This must have really hurt.
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  Eggman: One of the all-time great stalemate swindles, from the 9th game of the best-of-10 Huebner-Adorjan 1980 candidates quarterfinal match. Adorjan, trailing by one with two games remaining, seemed to be on the verge of leveling the score.

The position after Huebner's 61.Rdg8:

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From here play continued with the forcing 61...Ra2+ 62.Kf3 Rc3+ 63.Kg4 Rg2+ 64.Kh5 Rxg5+ 65.Rxg5 and now surely 65...Rxh3 would have given Adorjan his desperately needed win. Instead the Hungarian GM played 65...Rc5??

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This seems to liquidate into an easily winning pawn ending, and Adorjan must surely have been expecting Huebner's resignation. Instead there followed a nasty shock: 66.Kxh4! Rxg5 Stalemate!

One wonders how far ahead Huebner saw this coming. Just brilliant.

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