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Robert Huebner vs Garry Kasparov
Huebner-Kasparov Match (1985), Hamburg FRG, rd 1, May-??
English Opening: King's English Variation. Reversed Sicilian (A21)  ·  0-1



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  Benzol: 12...Ne4 is so totally unexpected.
Nov-16-03  Nova1990: Benzol, thanks for pointing out this game. Here, Huebner plays poorly in the opening and Kasparov punishes him severely for it. 12..Ne4 is possible because Kasparov saw if 13.QxN then 13..Qa5+ 14.Kd1 Nxf2+, which is a nice fork.
May-04-04  Jim Bartle: This was part of a six-game match. Was it more or less training for K's upcoming match with Karpov? Ranked second for first half of 1985 by Informant panel, behind the famous game Beliavsky-Nunn.
Sep-08-05  Averageguy: What an onslaught.
Sep-23-05  notyetagm: A crushing loss with White. What a lousy way to start a match for Huebner.
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  offramp: Kasparov had to play extremely conservatively in the 1984-5 match with against Karpov. When the match was over, and this is a bit like Alekhine after the 1927 match v Capablanca - the beast was unleashed, and he played against other GMs as if they were chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail.
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  Eggman: I admire Kasparov for taking on such strong opposition (1981 Candidates finalist Huebner, and Andersson, ranked 3rd in the world in 1983) in short matches (6-games) - a bit of a risk, really. But he came through in fine style, beating Huebner 4.5-1.5 and Andersson 4-2, and without losing a game.
Jun-29-10  SpiritedReposte: A young, hungry Kasparov makes a contemporary top class GM look like an amateur. Chess is a magical game when played like this.
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  HeMateMe: I guess you don't try to 'out tactic' Kasparov. Huebner was in the World's top ten when this was played, right? White's Queen moves looked funny from the git-go.
Jul-01-10  SpiritedReposte: I always thought Huebner was just under Kasparov, Karpov, Korchnoi and the like. Top 50 I'd say for sure. Its a testament to Kasparov, Karpov and....(who else was dominant in the 80s? Short maybe.)that they could outplay their peers as they did. Seems the playing field is alot more level now.
Nov-30-10  hedgeh0g: 12...Ne4 comes like a bolt out of the blue. Very easy to spot ex-post, very difficult to spot ex-ante. ;)
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  harrylime: Playing thru this in the guess the move stuff I played 11..Qa5+ intending 12.Bc3 Nd3+ ect.. Just wondering now if this is any good?

I also went for 16...Qf5 instead of Gazza's 16... Kd7.

Anyway. Awesome game. I can only assume Gary must've visualized the ending from his 16..Kd7 onwards. That all of Huebner's three most powerful peices would be passive spectators as his king gets bullied and hunted.His rooks on home base and his queen helpless on h3 lol .. What a picture !

Ferocious stuff from Kasparov.

Aug-16-13  EvanTheTerrible: Ne4 is simply beautiful. Why does this game not even have a full page of kibitzing?
Aug-16-13  EvanTheTerrible: He nimbly swings pieces from opposite sides of the board for a full force attack on white's king. Each move is precise and instructive. Hopefully this will become GOTD eventually.
Sep-09-14  Mating Net: 12...Ne4! is the star move of this game, but I really like 22...Rhf8! Kasparov forces White to part with his dark square Bishop and so starts the King hunt. The White pieces are in no position to interpose so his majesty is on his own.
Sep-16-14  Everett: This reminds me of a KID out of Stein's or Nehz's portfolio. It clearly has a strong Old Indian Ukrainian feel to it, especially with the ...Qa5+ and the knights bouncing all over the place.
Nov-13-14  Malfoy: You are right, Everett, I recalled this game just yesterday when someone showed me the fantastic Polugaevksy-Nezhmetdinov, Sochi 1958: Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958
Jul-19-19  Alibaba2007: harrylime after Qa5 both Qd2 or Qc3 are possible.
Jul-19-19  whiteshark: <29.Kb4 Bf6 30.Qxh7+ Kb6 31.Qxb7+ Kxb7 32.Ka4 Kb6 33.b4 -+ mate-in-11> There seems to be a faster way:

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White to move

1) mated-in-8 (28 ply) <29.Kb4> Kb6 30.Ka3 Qa5+ 31.Kb2 Qd2+ 32.Ka3 Bf6 33.Qf5 Bb2+ 34.Ka4 Rxf5 35.c5+ dxc5 36.b4 Qxb4#

If <29.Kd3> it's mate-in-7 29...Qe3+ 30.Kc2 Qxe2+ 31.Kb1 Rf2 32.Qxh7+ Kb6 33.c5+ dxc5 34.Qc7+ Kxc7 35.Rd1 Qxd1#

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

Jul-18-21  Gaito:

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The diagram shows a critical moment of the game. White blundered with 15.Bxe6??, and after 15...fxe6 the game was strategically lost for White.

Correct was 15.Nf3!, a move that was not mentioned by Kasparov in his comments (Chess Informant No.39). This move is suggested by engine Stockfish 14. A likely continuation would have been: 15.Nf3! Nxh3 (15...Qb6 deserves attention too) 16.Nxe6 Nhg5! (recommended by both engines Leela Chess Zero and Stockfish 14) 17.Nfxg5 Nxg5 18.Nxf8 Rxf8 19.Qg4! (19.Qxd6 is a good move too, according to the engines) Ne6 20.Bxg7 Nxg7 21.Qxg7, and the ending is about equal. See diagram below):

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Jul-18-21  Gaito:

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16...Kd7!? was an interesting move. Kasparov attached an exclamation mark to that move and made no further comments. Nevertheless, the engine SF14 believes that the alternative 16...Qf5! was even stronger (computer evaluation: -4.50) White's reply to 16...Kd7 was 17.Nh3. In his analysis (Informant No.39) Kasparov dismisses both 17.Nxf8+? Raxf8 18.Qxg7 Kc8 (− +), and 17.Nf4 Re8 (− +), but unfortunately he did not mention other possible moves for White, like 17.c5!? or 17.Kg2, but the engines quickly show that those alternatives were not good either. In fact White's game was already resignable before move 20. (17.c5!? has a computer evaluation of -1.97 by Lc0)

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  Plaskett: re Ulf's ranking of 3rd in the world of 1983, as I wrote in Playing to Win, Hort said that it did not seem to him "entirely right" that he should have such a high rating by "purely defensive play". When I tried to beat Hebden at the Lloyds Bank Masters of 1982 and lost, Hort said to me afterwards, "You try very hard."

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