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Robert Huebner vs Garry Kasparov
Dortmund (1992), Dortmund GER, rd 6, Apr-23
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Main Line (E69)  ·  1-0



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Aug-18-04  molinov: <23. ..f6 is an improvement? (not that i'd put my choice above Kasparov's ;) 24. exf Rxd6 25. fxg Nxg7> 26. e5 and I think black loses a pawn. After Re6 Nd4 would follow.
Aug-18-04  weirdoid: What is the finish, anyway? After 50 ... gxf5, I do not see immediate win for white.
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  Benzol: <weirdoid> After 50...gxf5 I'd play 51.a7 Kb7 52.Nd6+ Kxa7 53.gxf5 and the f-pawn should win a piece.
Aug-19-04  weirdoid: <Benzol> get it - thanks! I only thought of 51. gxf5 Ba2 (you may guess it already). Yup, 51. a7 seems to win on the spot.
Aug-19-04  weirdoid: But again, upon reconsideration, even after 51. gxf5 Ba2, then 52. a7 Kb7 53. Nd6+ gives the same result. I underestimated Nd6(+) completely, but now that Benzol pointed that out, it seems to win in just about any way.
Aug-19-04  acirce: <Knezh> I'm flattered by being called an expert but it is absurd to compare me to Honza! :-) However, I did take a look, but I haven't analyzed the whole game in depth. A couple of brief points though: I do not agree that Kasparov's position looks that difficult at move 32. His mistakes come after that. For example, his 35..Nxe5 was not wrong, but it looks as if he should have played it in the move before instead. 34..Nxe5 35.Qxf7+ Nxf7 36.Nxd8 Rxd8 37.Rxd8+ Nxd8 38.Rc1 c4 39.Bf1 b3 40.Bxc4 b2 41.Rd1 b1=Q 42.Rxb1 Bxc4 (much of this seems forced) and I can't see that Black is worse, for example 43.Rc1 Bb5 44.Rc7!? a6 45.Rxh7 Nc6 and it doesn't seem to matter much that his K is temporarily cut off. If White tries to hang on to his material with something like 38.Bd5 c4 I feel that Black must have enough for the exchange with those pawns. White even risks losing.

Delaying ..Nxe5 did not lose but 37..Nxc6 was probably a better chance than 37..Ng4+? that looks like something you do in desperate time trouble. After that I think Black is just lost. 37..Nxc6 38.Qxc4 Qc7 39.Qxc5+ Qe7 40.Qc1 and White does clearly have the better of it, the B is better than the N and his king's position is safer, but there is a fight. Your 35..Bb5 can be followed by 36.Bd5 Qc7 37.Nxb4 (or similar after other moves) Qxa5 and maybe there can occur a drawable endgame somehow, I do think there should be something strong for White but that could be an alternative too.

A couple more of brief remarks:
Maybe 31.Bf1!? instead of 31.e6 - 31.Bf1 Nxa5 32.Qa4 Bxf1 33.Qxa5 Kg8 34.Qc5 and White has a very healthy initiative and can regain the pawn at any time.

Your 23..f6 looks good after 24.exf6 Rxd6 25.fxg7 and now maybe Red8 instead of recapturing it straight away as 25..Nxg7 runs into 26.e5. However, better for White may be 24.Nf3.

Aug-19-04  Lawrence: <Junior 8> thinks that Black has to lose his Bishop in order to stop the a pawn.

51.gxf5 ♗xf5
52.♘d6 ♔b6
53.♘xf5 eval. +3.25

Aug-19-04  Knezh: Thanx for that insightful analysis, acirce, interesting. I was particularly looking at your 31.Bf1!?
to which i checked 31. ..c5! 32. Nf3 Qxe4!? Black looks like he might hold this.
Aug-19-04  Knezh: <molinov> after 26.e5, maybe 26. ..Rd3 is possible, with certain piece activity for the pawn, i.e. 27. Bxc6 Red8.
Aug-19-04  acirce: <Knezh> on 31..c5 why not just 32.Bxc4, doesn't it just win material?

<maybe 26. ..Rd3 is possible> Then maybe 27.Nxc4 and on ..Bxc4 28.Rxd3 Bxd3 29.Qxd3 I would be inclined to quote Dzindzichashvili's <Now I have the pawn AND the compensation>. :-)

Aug-19-04  Knezh: It's hard to analyze without a board, which i am too lazy to get out :)
Jul-15-07  whiteshark: A picture from this game, some 15 years ago:
Mar-24-09  vonKrolock: H�bner provided comments for this game in the book of the tournament, no less than nine pages, in his habitual deep and meticulous style. Witnesses tell that he played the opening very fast, then was clear that, probably until the 15th move, the actual moves were following his home preparation, then a very tense and complex middle game followed, until the critical point, position after <37.♕c2>

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In the post-mortem analysis, the line stablished as best was 37...b3, leading 'to a draw'; but H�bner came later to the conclusion that "38.Qf2 afforded winning chances for white" (note: this move is only a third choice in a quick C+ proof, after 38.♕c3 and 38.♕c1 - the reason maybe is that 37...b3 38.♕f2?! ♘xc6 is even better for black than an immediate taking in 'c6'- curious how in 1992 such conclusions were still very slowly acknowledged...) Even so, H�bner discarded 37...b3, and then came with the stronger 37...♘xc6!! 38.♕xc4 ♕c7 39.♕xc5+ ♕e7 and now 40.♕xe7+ ♘xe7, or 40.♖c1 ♕xc5 41.♖xc5 ♖e2+ 42.♔g1 ♘e7 which, in his opinion, would end in a draw. ( Consistent, but it's needless to say that the computer quick choice in this line is 40.♕c1). Kasparov's actual <37...♘g4+> was atributed not to zeitnot, but to excess of self-confidence in previous calculations

Mar-24-09  Al2009: Huebner is very meticolous in his analysis, however he forgot (in the chess informant 54) to analyse a tactical and spectacular blow for Kasparov, that could overthrow the result...

After 23...Rxd6!, 24. exd6, Bxb2!! 25. Qxb2, c3 26. Qc2 (26. d7, Rd8 or 26. Nxc3, bxc is even worse) Bxe2 27. Nb3 (27. Re1, Nd4) Bxd1 28. Qxd1, Qa6 29. Bf1, Qc8 and Black has a clear advantage ( 1 pawn more and passed and connected pawns) and seems very difficult for White to stop the advance c5-c4 etc. and getting off.

Apr-14-10  jaume1959: I think that this last analysis forget the following posibilitie:

26.Nxc3! bxc3;27.Qc1 cXd2 28.QXd2 DXd2 29.Txd2=

Sep-01-10  Al2009: I don't agree with you jaume1959.
After 26. Nxc3 bxc3 27. Qc1 cxd2 28. Qxd2 Black can avoid to exchange the Queens (by playing 28...Qh5 for instance).

But anyway, after 28. Qxd2, even after the exchange of Queens and 28...Qxd2, as you proposed, White is a piece down (1 Rook for 2 Knights) and Black has a clear advantage.

How can White prevent c5 followed by Nd4, and further invasion by Nc4?

I don't see any equality, Black seems clearly better.

Mar-18-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Huebner vs Kasparov, 1992.
Your score: 73 (par = 64)


Mar-19-12  whiteshark: Hübner on his way to the board:

There are 7 more photos taken during the Dortmund tournament in this folder... :)

Mar-19-12  LoveThatJoker: <whiteshark> Those are awsome photos! Thanks for posting them. Do you know of any other site that has some really unqiue chess photography like that?


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  Penguincw: Hübner beating Kasparov in this game is very interesting. He actually beat Kasparov twice, this game and Kasparov vs Huebner, 1992. I heard that he served as a second Nigel Short in the Kasparov-Short World Championship Match (1993). Interesting eh?
Mar-19-12  LoveThatJoker: <Penguincw> It's interesting that Huebner defeated Kasparov twice that year.

It's possible that Huebner was playing the best chess of his life in 1992 and this, coupled with his wins against Kasparov, prompted the Short camp to hire him.


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  Gottschalk: 50 f5!! atracting bishop to f5 50...gf5
51 gf5 Nd6! 52 a7 wins because Black king is out of square, while White king(centralized) avoids bishop's maneuver .
Mar-30-17  The Kings Domain: Impressive win by Huebner, dominating the game from the start and keeping the champ on the defensive while never losing his control of the game.
Nov-06-17  schnarre: <vonKrolock: H�bner provided comments for this game in the book of the tournament, no less than nine pages, in his habitual deep and meticulous style. Witnesses tell that he played the opening very fast, then was clear that, probably until the 15th move, the actual moves were following his home preparation, then a very tense and complex middle game followed, until the critical point, position after> <37.♕c2>

...I'll have to check that out!

Nov-06-21  Vermit: This really should be a game of the day, with or without pun
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