Kenneth Rogoff

(1) Huebner,Robert (2590) - Rogoff,Kenneth (2430) [A15]
WchT U26 19th fin-A Graz (8.1), 1972

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Ng1 The Anti-Rogoff system pioneered by the German grandmaster but never used again after this milestone game. 3...Bg7 4.Qa4 0-0 5.Qxd7!? An incredibly deep sacrifice, the point of which only becomes clear half a dozen moves later. 5...Qxd7 6.g4 Qxd2+! Rogoff sees the danger hidden in Hübner's ultra-sharp play (we don't). He knows he has to return the material. 7.Kxd2 7...Bxd2 was better: [7.Bxd2 Nxg4 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.h3 Nge5 10.b3 Rd8 11.0-0-0 and White, while still at a disadvantage, has a better game than after the text move.] 7...Nxg4 8.b4 Hübner overlooks the double threat (...Bxa1 as well as ...Nxf2) to his rooks. 8...a5 Strategically sound. There is no reason to execute one of the threats immediately, since they will not go away. 9.a4 Trying to prepare an escape route for the rook. 9...Bxa1 10.Bb2 Nc6 11.Bh8 Bg7 Trapping the bishop. This unique idea deserves acclaim. 12.h4 axb4 and White, one of the world's leading grandmasters at the time, offered a draw, which the respectful economist Rogoff was glad to accept. 1/2-1/2

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