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Viktor Korchnoi vs Robert Huebner
Hoogovens (1971), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 15, Jan-30
Modern Defense: Averbakh Variation (A42)  ·  1-0



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May-13-07  vonKrolock: This was a last round's decisive clash, Korchnoi and Olafsson were in the lead with 9 points, followed by Hübner and five other players with 8,5 - Dr. Hübner:<"It is clear that under such conditions a tense and blunder-prone struggle had to ensue">

<37.♖g1> According to Keres, the best here was 37.♕f3 g4 (forced) 38.♕f5 ♕xf5 39.exf5 etc, and White would have a won Game due to the ♗ locked in 'h3', but Hübner points out that after 39...♗c7 40.b6 ♗d8 41.♘xd6 ♗xb6 42.♘xb7 ♗d4 43.♖a2 ♖b8 the Game is still going on - (actually, a check on the position can reveal that White play can be still improved, as 42.♘xb7 etc could conduct to a draw by repetition 44.♗a6 ♖a8 etc)

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  perfidious: Believe it was after this tension-filled game that Huebner vowed never again to play at Wijk aan Zee, given their tradition of playing the final round early in the morning.
Jan-19-16  Retireborn: <perfidious> LOL. He was back in 1975 though, and even defeated Donner in the last round then. Perhaps they started a little later that year!
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  whiteshark: iirc Hübner gave <38...Qb4??> and showed that after <38... a3> it should end in a draw.
Apr-10-21  Poisonpawns: Questions:Korchnoi could win a piece with 28.Rf1; why did he not play it? Why did Huebner play 25..Re8?! instead of the natural 25..Rf8. The idea of Bf8-Be7-Bd8 etc getting the bishop in the game takes so much time; its not worth leaving the rook on e8.
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  perfidious: While I have found an alternate score, which also gives 25....Re8, ....Rf8 is more natural and would also explain Korchnoi's failure to play the winning 28.Rf1 in the score as given above.
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  HeMateMe: fine game by korchnoi. Huebner just seemed snake bit by bad luck when playing in big moments.
Apr-10-21  Retireborn: Korchnoi's 1978 book gives 25...Rf8; he attaches ?! to that, recommending 25...Qd8 with the idea ...Qb6+
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  perfidious: Ah, so we have a transcription error, picked up and followed as holy writ.

Time to submit a correction.

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