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Robert Huebner vs Viktor Korchnoi
Korchnoi - Hübner Candidates Final (1980/81), Merano ITA, rd 7, Dec-30
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System (C07)  ·  0-1



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Jul-07-04  marekg248: I think this game decided which of the two players would play match with Karpov for World champion title.
Jul-07-04  acirce: According to there was one more game after this before Hübner resigned the match (if this is really game 7 as the scoresheet says).
Jul-08-04  marekg248: Thanks, it's a great site. It was really penultimate finished game. I have got Ludek Pachman's book How to outwit your opponent, psychology and tricks in chess, where he wrote, that white had the upper hand until move 46.Be3. But black found an excellent plan of defense 46...Ra8. Especially this move he praises very much. Maybe he thought that this game had such psychological effect on Huebner, that this game decided. The eighth game looks like tough struggle, though Korchnoi vs Huebner, 1980
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  Eggman: This was game 7, then game 8 followed, then games 9 and 10 were both adjourned, and never completed because Huebner abandoned the match.
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  Eggman: 63.Kd5??? must rank as one of the worst-ever blunders by a Super Gm, especially in an important game.

It was the second terrible blunder by Huebner in a World Championship cycle. In the cycle prior to this one there was also the famous game Huebner vs Petrosian, 1976, which had helped to eliminate Huebner from contention.

May-06-12  optimal play: <Eggman><63.Kd5??? must rank as one of the worst-ever blunders by a Super Gm, especially in an important game.> Yeah, it's a shocker alright! It must have been due to fatigue. Instead 63.Kd3 looks safe enough.
May-06-12  King Death: <Eggman> In other posts I've talked about players like Geller and Portisch having something that wasn't quite right and kept them from getting to the very top but Hubner may be a better example yet of a great player that's shaky. There was also his match with Petrosian in 1971 where he gave it up. If Hubner had Korchnoi's grit he could've had a shot at the title.
Apr-22-18  Ulhumbrus: If after 47 c4 the zwischenzug 48...d4 is good for Black an alternative is 47 Bf5 first
Jul-08-19  RadioBoy: korchnoi may not exactly be impartial, but he claimed that in the match after that that petrosian was cheating by shaking the table when it was his turn to move. supposedly that was why huebner resigned the match, because he was too much of a gentleman to accuse petrosian of cheating but could not concentrate with the table shaking. I never liked petrosian much even before I read about that in korchnoi's book.
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  PawnSac: well, maybe so, but still, it was an interesting match. 2 die hard French players (a couple of the best).

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