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Miguel Najdorf vs Robert Huebner
Hoogovens (1971), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-19
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner Variation. Main Line (E41)  ·  0-1



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Nov-08-04  thec6pawn: I'm surprised no-one has commented on this one. I've just started studying the Hubner variation. This game is really instructive on the Hubner variation of the Nimzo-Indian. Black completely blockades the centre to leave White's bishops with very limited scope, while making his position favourable for his knights, and his remaining light-square bishop.

Does anyone here have any alternative as to how white could have played this one better? I only know one other game where the Hubner variation was used, and that was the Spassky Fischer game which Black also won by using the same blockading strategy. What could white have done differently? What are the drawbacks of the hubner variation for white/black?

Nov-14-04  kostich in time: This game was a sensation when it was played, Gligoric commented on it for Game of the Month in Chess Life and Review..the Huebner variation leads to a complex, manuevering game, with chances for both sides...a great example of how to play it for white is Larsen-Ivkov, Manila 1975..Timman and Seirawan have played it very well for does not seem to be played much nowadays, which is more because of the vagaries of fashion than because of its intrinsic merits.
Nov-14-04  Saruman: 10.-h6 is Robert Hubner's specialty which is better than;

10.-Ng6 11.h4 Qa5 12.Qb3 Bg4 13.Nh2 Bd7 14.Bg5 0-0 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.0-0 which occured in the game Gligoric-Korchnoi 1971.

21.Rfb2 Rg7 22.Qb5 f6 23.Bc2 Tgf7 24.h3 Ng7 25.Ng4 Rh8 26.Nf2 f5 proves that black has strong resources.

Nov-14-04  Knezh: why not 48. ..Bxc2 and 49. ..Nxc4?
Nov-17-04  Saruman: <Knezh> the text gives a faster win.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The Huebner was my favorite variation of my favorite opening--I think I conceded a single draw to White during my entire career. Should have won that game, too.

I remember how this game produced such a huge impact on opening theory at the time. This game remains one of the great Nimzo-Indians, as everyone took up this defense until finally, White stopped allowing Black to play it.

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  keypusher: Eleven years late, but I guess here is the game <kostitch in time> posted about.

Larsen vs Ivkov, 1973

This game is magnificent. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, <An Englishman>.

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