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Robert Huebner vs Lubomir Kavalek
Amsterdam IBM (1975), Amsterdam NED, rd 6, Jul-14
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Double Fianchetto (E82)  ·  1-0



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  GrahamClayton: Kavalek was in severe time trouble from move 22 onwards, having only 13 minutes left to reach the time control on move 40. He missed a draw with 28...♕c3+ 29.♔g4 h5 30.♔h4 g5+ 31.♔h5 ♕h8+ with perpetual check.
Jul-27-10  SufferingBruin: <GrahamClayton> Okay, I am beyond curious. What prompted this comment on a relatively unknown game played 35 years ago?
Jul-27-10  markwell: Unlike Kavalek, Mr. Clayton has entirely too much time on his hands.
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  GrahamClayton: <SufferingBruin>Okay, I am beyond curious. What prompted this comment on a relatively unknown game played 35 years ago?

I have just bought a copy of Danny Kopec's book "Chess World Title Contenders and Their Styles". I found the Huebner v Kavalek game and annotations interesting, and thought that I would kibitz. Over 85% of the games in the database have no kibitzing, so rather than add a comment to a famous or well-known game, I would add a comment to a lesser known game. There must be a few interesting games that have received no kibitzes at all!

Jul-30-10  SufferingBruin: <GrahamClayton> Very cool. So, how is Kopec's book? Worth a purchase?
Jul-30-10  vonKrolock: <He missed a draw with 28...♕c3+ 29.♔g4 h5 30.♔h4 g5+ 31.♔h5 ♕h8+ with perpetual check.> Requested for a quick hint, my friend <The King>, running here in this (as Dr. Zachary Smith would express) <worthless electronic scrapheap> is not agreeing immediatelly with this statement ... It call ♕xc3 a two-and-half-pawn mistake, and suggest a saving methode for black starting with 28...h7-h5 <!?> - Yes, allowing white to ♕ his ♙ ... but keeping the white ♔ under serious threats that could ensure at least a perpetual

ps: but this is a fscinating gmae! I should recall from the Informator - 1975 was exactly the time when I followed international chess more closely ...

Jul-30-10  vonKrolock: <fascinating game> of course

28...♕xc3# 29.♔g4 h5+ ▢ 30.♔g5! (if 30.♔h4 then g7-g5!! with perpetual to follow, as remarked already) 30...♕d4 (best) and now

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Black would really be winning if there was not - just & only - the fanstastic rejoinder 31.♘e2!! ♖xe2 32.♖d1!!! and white wins

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This wonderfull double piece sacrifice was pointed out by <it>. No doubt that a Tal could find the amazing sequence over the board, and strong correspondence chess players possibly discover this with a thirty days per move pace and a lot of focus and midnight oil investment ...

BTW - The idea behind the ♘+♖ sac is - to be able to play ♔h6 with a mating net ... ♗And, as other methods fails ( like g2-g3 or ♘h3 instead of 31.♘e2!! in that line) - so this seems to be really a <problem like> combination

Jul-30-10  vonKrolock: <<28...♕xc3+ 29.♔g4 h5+ 30.♔g5 ♕d4 31.♘e2 ♖xe2 32.♖d1 <<<♖e5+>>> !?> analysis diagram

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33.♔f6!! ▢, and - even allowing a double check - white wins after 33...♖f5+ 34.♔e7 etc...

Jan-09-18  Howard: Kavalek pronounced this encounter "the game of the tournament" in CL&R, back when it took place.

Certainly an entertaining game--no doubt about it.

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  whiteshark: REQUEST ANALYSIS

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White to move

1) -0.40 (29 ply) 15.exd6 Rxd6 16.Nge2 Rb6 17.Qa7 Rxb2 18.O-O Bxc3 19.Nxc3 Qd4+ 20.Kh1 Qxc3 21.Qxc5 Be6 22.Rfc1 Qb4 23.Qxb4 Rxb4 24.Bd3 Rc8 25.Rc2 Rc5 26.Kg1 Kg7 27.Kf2 a5 28.g3 Rb6 29.Re1 Rd6 30.Be2 Kf6 31.Ke3 Rd7 32.a3 a4

2) -1.37 (29 ply) 15.Bc6 Nxc4 16.Bxd7 Qxd7 17.Rd1 Qf5 18.Qb3 Be6 19.Nge2 Ne3 20.Qa4 Nxd1 21.Qxd1 g5 22.g3 gxf4 23.gxf4 f6 24.exf6 Bxf6 25.O-O Rb8 26.Rf2 Kf7 27.Ng3 Qg4 28.Qxg4 Bxg4 29.Rc2 Bd4+ 30.Kg2 Be6 31.b3 c4 32.bxc4 Bxc4

3) -1.51 (28 ply) <15.Bd5?!> Nf5 16.Qb3 Nd4 17.Qa4 e6 18.Bf3 f6 19.O-O-O fxe5 20.Nge2 exf4 21.Nxd4 cxd4 22.Ne4 Rc7 23.c5 Bb7 24.Kb1 Bd5 25.Qxa6 Rc6 26.Qa3 Qa8 27.Qxa8 Rxa8 28.g3 fxg3 29.hxg3 Rxa2 30.b4

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8 v270317

Jan-11-18  Howard: How about Kavalek's win over Ljubo in that same tournament. That one was also quite worthy of extensive analysis.
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  perfidious: It is most unfortunate that time trouble rendered the finish prosaic, rather than one which could have proven highly entertaining indeed, as noted in some of the kibitzes.

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