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Robert Huebner
Number of games in database: 1,711
Years covered: 1961 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2574 (2575 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +497 -238 =885 (58.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 91 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (139) 
    B63 B33 B46 B42 B32
 Ruy Lopez (90) 
    C92 C95 C80 C67 C96
 English (62) 
    A14 A15 A10 A13 A17
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (48) 
    C92 C95 C96 C89 C93
 King's Indian (48) 
    E60 E63 E62 E67 E96
 English, 1 c4 e5 (45) 
    A28 A22 A29 A21 A25
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (102) 
    B42 B43 B20 B80 B40
 French Defense (91) 
    C07 C04 C18 C02 C16
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (74) 
    D20 D27 D23 D22 D29
 Slav (66) 
    D17 D10 D18 D15 D14
 Queen's Indian (59) 
    E12 E15 E14 E19 E17
 Ruy Lopez (51) 
    C69 C80 C72 C75 C73
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Huebner vs Adorjan, 1980 1/2-1/2
   Jansa vs Huebner, 1969 0-1
   Huebner vs Portisch, 1986 1-0
   Portisch vs Huebner, 1978 0-1
   Huebner vs Salov, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Karpov vs Huebner, 1979 1/2-1/2
   Huebner vs Korchnoi, 1987 1-0
   Fischer vs Huebner, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Najdorf vs Huebner, 1971 0-1
   Huebner vs J Kaplan, 1974 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   Biel (1984)
   Skopje Olympiad qual-4 (1972)
   Tilburg Interpolis (1985)
   Munich (1994)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-A (1972)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Las Palmas (1976)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Chess Classics Masters (1998)
   Bundesliga 1992/93 (1992)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Hoogovens (1971)
   Bundesliga 1981/82 (1982)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   xx_25 Annotated Games (by Robert Huebner) by whiteshark
   Bugojno 1978 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1971 by suenteus po 147
   Bugojno 1978 by Benzol
   Belfort World Cup 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1975 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 TCh-SUI
   Huebner vs R Fontaine (Jun-11-17) 1/2-1/2
   Huebner vs T Kriebel (Jan-18-17) 1/2-1/2
   Huebner vs Thai Dai Van Nguyen (Jan-17-17) 1/2-1/2
   T Kriebel vs Huebner (Jan-16-17) 1/2-1/2
   Khalifman vs Huebner (Nov-27-16) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Nov-06-1948, 72 years old) Germany

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Dr. Robert Huebner was born in Cologne in 1948. At age sixteen, he tied for first in the European Championship, and in 1971 received the International Grandmaster title by qualifying into the World Championship Candidates from Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970). Huebner also qualified in 1980 (when he reached the finals before losing to Viktor Korchnoi), thereby securing a Candidates spot for the third time, in the next cycle, contested in 1983 (when he lost his quarterfinal match to Vasily Smyslov on the spin of a roulette wheel). Huebner still lives in Germany and, as of January 2005, was still rated in FIDE's world top 100 players. Brother of Wolfgang Huebner.

Wikipedia article: Robert Hübner

Last updated: 2020-12-12 06:16:43

 page 1 of 69; games 1-25 of 1,712  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Huebner vs F Vogelmann  ½-½561961GER-ch TT (final)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. Eichner vs Huebner  1-0651961GER-ch TT (final)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. Huebner vs J Bichlmeier  1-0461961GER-ch TT (final)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
4. Huebner vs S Noorda  1-0291964EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
5. R Verstraeten vs Huebner  ½-½521964EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdB42 Sicilian, Kan
6. Huebner vs Kolbak  1-0771964EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
7. C F Woodcock vs Huebner  ½-½301964EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdC03 French, Tarrasch
8. Huebner vs F Hoelzl  1-0291964EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. Huebner vs A Delander  1-0411965FRG-chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. Huebner vs J Eising  1-0411965FRG-chD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Hecht vs Huebner  0-1401965FRG-ch 08thB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. H Schroeder vs Huebner  ½-½321965FRG-chD04 Queen's Pawn Game
13. H Besser vs Huebner  ½-½311965FRG-chE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
14. M Eisinger vs Huebner  1-0391965FRG-chB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. Unzicker vs Huebner  ½-½371965FRG-chB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Huebner vs N Degenhardt 0-1561965FRG-chB56 Sicilian
17. Huebner vs Rellstab  1-0401965FRG-chB10 Caro-Kann
18. Huebner vs H Kestler 0-1411965FRG-chA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
19. O Martius vs Huebner  ½-½291965FRG CupTB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
20. D Mohrlok vs Huebner  ½-½341965FRG-chB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. Huebner vs H Pfleger  ½-½311965FRG-chA13 English
22. Huebner vs P Troeger  ½-½751965FRG-chA21 English
23. Huebner vs L Schmid  ½-½521965FRG CupTC15 French, Winawer
24. Huebner vs M Gerusel  1-0401965FRG-chB32 Sicilian
25. Ree vs Huebner  ½-½151965EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdC41 Philidor Defense
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  RookFile: Game Collection: Timman - Huebner, WCC 1991
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  Gottschalk: His only win (classical) against Kasparov was epic, homeric.

Huebner vs Kasparov, 1992

Apr-11-17  ChessHigherCat: <TheFocus: <Those who say they understand Chess, understand nothing> - Robert Huebner.> And, more generally: "Those who say they understand "fill in the blank", understand nothing" ChessHigherCat.

I interpret that in the normal sense but it reminds me of the start of "Was heist denken?" by Heidegger which begins with a lot of pseudo-profound word games like "Nichts ist leicht zu verstehen" (Nothing is easy to understand). Like the Delphic oracles, it has a double meaning: "Nothingness (and hence all of metaphysics) is easy to understand" or else "There is nothing that is easy to understand" (hence metaphysics is virtually impossible).

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  harrylime: I only remember him with a massive beard..

The pic above is cool !

Apr-11-17  ChessHigherCat: <bunglercrap> Glad you appreciate it, and enjoy the sterno!
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  offramp: I love the picture of him. I like the lovely long spidery girly fingers that he has, ten of them, right at the very end of his long girly arms.
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  Dionysius1: I only see 6! :-))
May-19-17  Mr. V: It is a very poignant photo.
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  Domdaniel: A three-line biog for a giant like Robert Huebner? A man who spent the best part of 50 years among the chess elite while simultaneously following an academic career? One of the game's greatest intellectuals?

Somebody, surely, is half-inching the urine.

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  keypusher: < Domdaniel: A three-line biog for a giant like Robert Huebner? A man who spent the best part of 50 years among the chess elite while simultaneously following an academic career? One of the game's greatest intellectuals? Somebody, surely, is half-inching the urine.>

Not to be a smart aleck, Dom, but are you a cg editor? If not, you probably ought to be. I'll bet you could write a good bio.

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  perfidious: <keypusher....Not to be a smart aleck, Dom, but are you a cg editor? If not, you probably ought to be. I'll bet you could write a good bio.>

Smart money sez anything <Dom> turned his hand to would be a dang good one at that.

Oct-03-17  Boomie: I have mentioned the paltry bio for Keres, too. The Bio folks apparently do not care that the lives of these giants are reduced to a few lines.
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  Domdaniel: <keypusher, perf> Thanks for the compliments, guys -- but I'm too lazy and erratic and irresponsible for anything like an editorial role.
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  keypusher: <Domdaniel: <keypusher, perf> Thanks for the compliments, guys -- but I'm too lazy and erratic and irresponsible for anything like an editorial role.>

You don't actually have to do anything. I've done, I think, a couple tournaments and a match or two, years ago. They've never taken away my title. So you could do Huebner and never lift another editorial finger here. Something to consider.

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  Domdaniel: <keypusher> OK, and thanks again. I will certainly consider it. Even though I'm wary of anything that smacks of responsibility (help, I don't wanna be a grown-up, not yet!) ... you've *almost* persuaded me.
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  schnarre: ...Happy Birthday Master Huebner!
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  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! Thanks for your combative spirit over these years, sir!
Nov-06-17  Turkito: When you look at his face you can predict only two things: Either he will be a psychopat serial killer or a brilliant scientist with chess skills. In either ways he was going to be a high talented person.
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  Telemus: Robert Hübner turns 70 today. Happy Birthday!

It is often said that he is Germany's best player since Lasker, but if he ever was a chess hero, he was a very shy hero. I played one game with him in a team match, when we both were young men. Definitely a unique experience, but an ambiguous one. Before the match he sat in a corner and read a book. When we played, everything including the two handshakes was extremely reserved. He wished to start the game with a few seconds delay, because of some noise. I don't think he ever looked at me, and after the game we did not speak a single word.

Today I enjoy his chess historical writings and I am already looking forward to the new extended edition of his "Der Weltmeisterschaftskampf Lasker - Steinitz 1894", which shall appear at the end of this year. Already the first book includes other matches, say Lasker vs Schlechter 1910, and in the new edition Lasker vs Janowski 1909 will be included, too.

Aug-13-20  diagonal: Brilliant blog on Hübner’s chess:

As an IM, Hübner finished equal 2nd with Bent Larsen and Efim Geller, behind overwhelmingly dominating Bobby Fischer, at the strong Interzonal in Palma de Mallorca 1970, thus Hübner earned the GM title automatically by qualifying into the World Championship Candidate's matches in 1971.

Hübner has been a regular top twenty player in the 1970s, remaining a stable and solid elite player up to the 1990s and beginning 2000s, he was mostly a top ten player throughout the 1980s, and top five in the early eighties, with a peak ranking as clear number 3 of the world behind only Karpov and Korchnoi in 1981 (July-December list):

1 Karpov (30 yrs) 2700 Elo
2 Korchnoi (50 yrs) 2695 Elo
3 Hübner (33 yrs) 2640 Elo
4 Kasparov (18 yrs) 2630 Elo
= Spassky (44 yrs) 2630 Elo
= Timman (30 yrs) 2630 Elo
7 Portisch (44 yrs) 2620 Elo
8 Beliavsky (28 yrs) 2615 Elo
= Mecking (29 yrs) 2615 Elo
inactive since 1979 Rio de Janeiro IZT
10 Larsen (46 yrs) 2610 Elo
= Polugaevsky (47 yrs) 2610 Elo

(no player above 2700 Elo, eleven players above 2600 Elo)

Aug-27-20  TheBish: Deciding any chess match (especially an important one like the 1983 Candidates quarterfinal with Smyslov) with the spin of a roulette wheel is a total joke. Why not just break out a deck of cards and play heads up Texas Hold'em? Or let them draw pistols at 10 paces, last man standing wins. (Which has the possible outcome of a "dead" draw and neither man advancing.) Seriously though, it would have made more sense to play a 1-minute bullet blindfold Armageddon game. Or maybe even a standard Armageddon game. I suppose this is one key incident that led to the Armageddon option (where White has an extra minute, such as 5 minutes to 4 or 6 to 5, with Black having draw odds). Seems that 5 to 4 is the preferred time now at the GM level, as draws are so common that 6 to 5 tended to favor Black.

Ironically, the first spin of the wheel still didn't decide the match! "If the ball plunked into the red colour slot at the spin, Smyslov would win, black colour slot would help Huebner emerge the winner. What an irony, the ball settled-down into the number 0 on the first spin and the result was still not possible as the number 0 is the only number on a roulette wheel which is neither in red nor in black. On the second spin though the ball dropped into the number 3 slot which is red! Making Smyslov win the match and advance to the Candidates Semi Final which was to be played against Zoltan Ribli."

Caissa's hand at work! Reminding the foolish mortals that chess is not a game of chance, and indeed should not be reduced to such. But with a second spin, she threw up her hands and returned to her poetry.

I was curious to know the history of the Armageddon rule (Wikipedia doesn't give a date) but it seems it was first implemented at the top levels at the 2001 Women's World Championship.

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  plang: Personally I prefer a flip of a coin to an Armageddon which says nothing about a players strength at classical chess.
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  HeMateMe: they should play 30 minute chess until a winner is declared. If that takes several days then move the tournament finale to Wayne's basement or an empty college dormitory floor. Anything but butt-ugly Armageddon chess.
Aug-28-20  TheBish: I'm not endorsing Armageddon (although it seems to be the preferred tie-breaker now). My point was that any form of chess (Fischer random/chess960 or giveaway chess if you prefer) makes more sense than settling things with a game of chance, whether it be a spin of a wheel or roll of the dice. Even a problem solving contest would make more sense to me. At least it involves chess and skill, not pure chance. But you have to admit that roulette wheel landing on "0" (no win for either side) seems like divine intervention.
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  Dionysius1: A hint that FIDE were wise to take from then on!
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