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Robert Huebner vs Tigran V Petrosian
Petrosian - Huebner Candidates Quarterfinal (1971), Sevilla ESP, rd 7, May-23
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Tal Variation (B82)  ·  0-1



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Dec-06-03  InspiredByMorphy: I agree Adrian 22. Qxa5 is great! Reminiscent of Morphy.
Dec-06-03  euripides: Further to my last: a plausible line is 27 Rc7 Qe1+ 28 Kh2 Qg3+ 29 Kg1 Bh4 30 Rf7 Ng5! 31 Rf1 (if 31 Rxg7+ Kh8 and White is lost) Nf4 32 Bxf4 exf4 33 Qa6! Be7 34 Qd3+ Qxd3 35 cxd3 and I think Black can win the ending dspite severe white-square weakness e.g. 35...e5 36 Rc1 c5 37 Kg1 Kg6 38 Kf2 Kf5 39 Kf3 g5 40 Rh1 g4+ 41 Kf2 Bf8 and I think Black will overrun White. But there may be better defences for White.
Dec-06-03  euripides: Further to my last: 27 Rc7 Qe1+ 28 Kh2 29 Kg1 Bh4 30 Rf7 Ng5? is refuted by 31 Bxg5 when the attack peters out. But Black can throw a spanner in the works with 27...Qe1+ 28 Kh2 Qg3+ 29 Kg1 c5 30 Bxc5 Bh4 31 Rf7 (if Qa1 then Nxc5 winning a piece because if 32 Rxc5 Qf2+ wins the rook) Ng5 and the same idea as above works (if 33 Rxg7+ Kxg7 Black can eventually escape the checks via e4)-32 Rf1 Nxh3+ 33 Kh1 Nf4 and Back is winning.
Sep-03-07  ahmadov: The other day, I checked this game with computer and it seemed that Huebner played very poorly, especially when he played 28.Qd7 instead of Rf8 and 36.Qe3 instead of Bc3... Needless to say, 39.Qc2 was a blunder. 39.Rb4 would have drawn the game...
Sep-03-07  Marmot PFL: Huebner soon withdrew from the match complaining of excessive noise in the playing area, which did not affect the partially deaf Petrosian.
Sep-03-07  ahmadov: <Marmot PFL: Huebner soon withdrew from the match complaining of excessive noise in the playing area, which did not affect the partially deaf Petrosian.> Interesting! Is it serious or are you joking?
Sep-03-07  Marmot PFL: It is true. The match ended with 6 draws and this win for Petrosian. I think they overruled Huebner's protest about poor conditions because he had not objected at the beginning of the match, so he withdrew.
May-17-08  Wone Jone: Hear! Hear! What a wonderful game! (Tee Hee!)
Jun-22-11  thejack: After 19.-Ra8 Petrosian offered a draw!

29. Bf2 was no good, Tal gives 29.Rf8! as improvement (29.- Qe3: 30.Qe8)

Jun-22-11  SimonWebbsTiger: Petrosian and Suetin (Informator 11/365) give 29. Rf8 Bh4! 30. Qe8 Bg3 31. Kh1 Qb1 32. Bg1 Nf2

They gave 25...Ng3 as an improvement on the game move

Jun-23-11  SimonWebbsTiger: as luck would have it, I noticed Rowson reviewed Mihail Marin's "Learn From the Legends" (Quality Chess) in NIC magazine 1/2005.

This game is analysed in Marin's section on Petrosian.

Jun-24-11  thejack: After 14.Qe2 Tal gives an interesting line:
"Perhaps 14.-Nd5 15.ed5: Bh4+ 16.Kd1 cd5: deserves more consideration than is apparent at first sight".

One might call this typical ;)

Btw I forgot to mention that Petrosian wasn´t the only one to offer a draw in this game: After 24.-Ne4 Huebner followed suit.

Jun-24-11  thejack: In the 29.Rf8 Bh4 line Tal continues with 30.Qf7! ("30.-Bg3+ 31.Kh1 Nf6 32.Qa7 Qb1+ 33.Bg1 Qg6 and Black stands a little better, but has no real winning prospects").
Nov-15-11  Shelter417: Larry Evans says that Huebner withdrew because he overlooked a winning move in this game. But then, he misspells the man's name...

Nov-15-11  Petrosianic: Spassky described it a little differently. According to Spassky, Huebner's mindset after 6 draws was something like "My powerful opponent is completely unable to defeat me. Why shouldn't I be able to beat him then?" Then, just as he dared to hope he might win, the defeat came, and was totally shattering.

A similar thing happened in Huebner's 1980 Candidates FINAL with Korchnoi, when Huebner withdrew after a horrendously botched game while a point up this time. Out he went again, denying Korchnoi a clear victory before facing Karpov.

Nov-15-11  Petrosianic: It wasn't right after the botched game, to be sure. He played limply and dropped another right after.
Jul-04-12  Garech: Petrosian seems able to sac the exchange every game! I can't do it this much when I try.

A true genius who still remains, very sadly, hugely unappreciated.


Jul-04-12  DanielBryant: I'll admit, it took me awhile to figure out the point of White's sacking the b-pawn.
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  OhioChessFan: <thejack: In the 29.Rf8 Bh4 line Tal continues with 30.Qf7! ("30.-Bg3+ 31.Kh1 Nf6 32.Qa7 Qb1+ 33.Bg1 Qg6>

Why not 30...Nf6 to begin with?

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  MissScarlett: <Silent Lucidity>
Aug-05-15  Howard: Marin states in Learn From the Legends, that Huebner had the much better position at one point, and that he was very upset when Petrosian pulled off a win here. That might have been why Huebner resigned the position afterwards even though "the objective situation was not that desperate."

In other words, Huebner was down by a point now, with three games left to go. Granted, Petrosian would have had White in two of those games, but that was no reason for Huebner to throw in the towel so prematurely.

Aug-05-15  whiteshark: Check the wonderful and sourceful Petrosian - Hübner Candidates Quarterfinal (1971) match intro about <Hübner's withdrawal>
Apr-13-19  RookFile: What a display of guts by Petrosian. This game is incredible given the stakes involved. But Huebner was just the sort of nut who might have withdrawn if he had <won> this game.
Apr-13-19  Oldisgold: Petrosian was an amazing tactician. Imagine the precision required to calculate variations after exchange sacrifice in this game. One inferior move would scuttle the defense. No wonder Fischer admired Petrosian the most amongst all Russian elites.
Sep-10-22  Chessius the Messius: 3... Nf6= (6... e6 +0.6)
6. g4 +0.4
6... a6 +0.2
7. f3/Qe2 +0.4
7... 0-0 +0.1
10. f5 +0.3
17. Rb4=
17... h6 +0.2
20... Bd8 +0.1
21. Qb7/Kh2 +0.5
22. Ne2 +0.2
25. Qxe7=
25... Ng3 -1.6 (25... Bh4 -0.3)
26. Qb6 -0.3
26... Qg1 -0.9 (26... Bf6 -0.1)
28. Rf8/Qb8= (28. Qd7 -0.5)
29. Rf8 +0.5
32... Nd6 -1.0 (32... c5 -0.1)
33. Rd7 -0.1 (33. h4 -1.0)
33... Nd6 -1.0 (33... c4=)
34. Rd7= (34. Rc7 -0.8)
34... Nd6 -0.8 (34... Qd3=)
36. Bc3/Bf2/Qe2= (36. Qe3 -0.5)
37... Qb6 -0.6 (37... Nf5=)
39. Rb4= (39. Qc2 -8)
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