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Anatoly Karpov vs Robert Huebner
Horten Tournament (1980), Bad Kissingen FRG, Feb-??
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: This is an interesting game documenting Karpov's skill in tactics. Black could have played better 26...Rad8, but after 27.h4 Rd3 28.Qg4 Bd7 (pin of white f-Pawn) 29.Rc2 Qa1 30.Kh2 white's attack seems to be decisive too. For example, 30...Rxc3 31.Qg5 Rxc2 32.Bxc2 Be8 33.h5 Qc3 34.Qh6 (threatening 35.hxg6 with an unavoidable mate) 34...gxf5 [after 34...g5 or 34...gxh5 white can play 35.Rc6 threatening f6: 34...g5 35.Rc6 Qd2 36.f6 Qf4+ 37.Kg1 Qe3+ 38.Kf1 Qf4+ 39.Ke2 Qg4+ 40.Kd3 Qd7+ (40...Qg3+ 41.Kc4 ) 41.Ke3 Qa7+ 42.Ke2 ; 34...gxh5 35.Rc6 Qe1 36.Rc3!! ] 35.Rxf5 f6 36.Rf3 Qxc2 37.Rg3+ Kf7 38.Qg7+ Ke6 39.Qxf8 Bc6 40.Rf3 with a decisive advantage of white.
Oct-28-03  Cyphelium: <Honza Cervenka> After 26.-Rad8 27.h4 Rd3 28.Qg4 Bd7 29.Rc2 Qa1 30.Kh2 Rxc3 31.Qg5 Rxc2 32.Bxc2 Be8 33.h5 black can play 33. -Qa3, when 34. Qh6 won't threaten anything.

Even better might be to play 32.- Qa3 instead of the passive 32.- Be8. 33. h5 Kg7, when white probably has to take the draw with 34. hxg6 fxg6 35. Rxg6 hxg6 36. Qxg6+ etc.

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  Honza Cervenka: <Cyphelium> 32...Qa3 33.h5 Kg7 fails for 34.h6+ Kh8 (34...Kg8 35.fxg6 ) 35.fxg6 hxg6 (35...fxg6 37.Rxf8+ Qxf8 39.Qe5+ Kg8 40.Bb3+ with mate.) 36.Qxe5 Kh7 37.Rxg6! Kxg6 38.Qg7+ Kh5 39.Bd1+ Bg4 40.Bxg4+ Kh4 41.Bd1 and the mate is unavoidable.

If 32...Be8 33.h5 Qa3, then 34.Qh6 contains a threat 35.Bb3 pinning black f-Pawn with a decisive effect, for example 34...a5 35.Bb3 Qxb3 36.hxg6 fxg6 37.fxg6 etc. Nevertheless after 34...gxf5 I don't see any winning continuation for white. But white has other move than 34.Qh6. 34.h6 looks very unpleasant for black. For example 34.h6 a5 35.fxg6 fxg6 (35...hxg6 36.Qxe5 ) 36.Re6 Qc5 37.Bb3 or 34.h6 Qb4 35.fxg6 fxg6 36.Re6 Qb5 37.Bb3 Qxb3 [37...Kh8 38.Qe7 Rf7 39.Qxe8+ ; 37...Rf7 38.Qf6 Rxf6 39.Rxe8#] 38.Qe7

Oct-29-03  Cyphelium: <Honza Cervenka> I agree that the h6-idea looks very unpleasant after 32.- Be8 33. h5 Qa3. As for 32.- Qa3, I just missed that bishop check on b3.
Dec-04-05  sucaba: Karpov gave some annotations in german Schach-Report 1/1991 where he critisized 14. _ g6 as too early and called it the probably only mistake of black in this game. But black could play 24. _ Bh4! 25. Qxe5 Rfe8, e.g. 26. Qd4 Rad8 or 26. Qc5 Be7 with equal chances.

On 26. _ Rad8, white would win in the "wundervolle" (Karpov) manner 27. fxg6 Rxd1 28. Nxd1 Qxd1 29. Rf1 Bxf1 30. gxf7+ Kh8 31. Qxe5 Bxg2+ 32. Kxg2 Qg4+ 33. Kf2 Qg7 34. h4! or 27. _ hxg6 28. h3 Rd3 29. Qxg6 fxg6 30. Rxf8+ Kh7 31. R2f7+ Kh6 32. Rh8+ Kg5 33. h4# (lines by Karpov).

On 26. _ Rad8 27. h4, which has been discussed above, black has 27. _ Rxd1+ 28. Nxd1 Rd8! unclear.

On 28. _ Rxc3, Karpov shows the nice lines 28. _ Rxc3 29. gxf7+ Kh8 30. Qxe5 Qxd1+ 31. Rf1#, or 30. _ Re3 31. Qxa1! Re1+ 32. Rf1#.

On 29. _ Rfd8, Karpov mentiones 30. Qxe5 Rxd6 31. Qxd6 Rxc3 32. Qd4 Ra3 33. Rc8+ Kh7 34. Rh8#. But here black has the tricky 32. _ Bd3! 33. Rxc3 Qxd1+ 34. Qg1 Qxg1+ 35. Kxg1 Bxe4 and I'm not sure whether white can win.

I have used Fritz 4 for this.

Sep-05-06  euripides: Another masterpiece at the Snogfest.
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  Honza Cervenka: <sucaba> Yes, 27.fxg6! is much better move after 26...Rad8.
Nov-14-08  Woody Wood Pusher: I just scored 6 points in the guess the move for this game (22 below par)

I usually make par, this game is mind blowing!

Jan-25-09  M.D. Wilson: What a brilliant game. Rc2 is obvious after first glance, but is very beautiful. Huebner never had a hope against Karpov, despite decades of games.
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  HeMateMe: Very tactical Karpov attack. A busted Sicilian, for Huebner. Karpov beat Huebner 7-0, with 20 draws. No wins for the three time participant in the Candidates matches.
Dec-09-11  M.D. Wilson: Karpov could play open positions like this in his sleep. He often chose more quiet, but still beautiful alternatives mainly because of the requirement to win tournaments. The greatest tournament player in history. Only Kasparov can claim superiority, and only just.
Dec-10-11  tonsillolith: I see why White's e-pawn is off-limits on moves 13 and 14, but why can't Black just capture it on move 18?
Dec-10-11  King Death: <tonsillolith: I see why White's e-pawn is off-limits on moves 13 and 14, but why can't Black just capture it on move 18?>

Because after 19.Ne4 B(Ne4) 20.Be4 Qe4 21.f6 Bd8 22.Qg5 Qc2 23.Rd6 gives White a strong attack.

Nov-14-12  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: Bad Bromance


PS. I think this is a pretty terrible pun; but after having gone through other ideas, I settled on this one as at least it got me laughing!

It's a play on words on the venue of this game and the Lady Gaga song "Bad Romance".

Aug-14-18  NoraNora: 17... e5? is probably blacks' crucial mistake in this game.

17... a5!?

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18. e5 dxe5 19. Qxe5 Bxf3 20. gxf3 Qb8! 21. Nd5! exd5 22. Qxe7 Ra6

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