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Robert James Fischer vs Henrique Mecking
"Mecking a Mess" (game of the day Nov-16-2009)
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 21, Dec-08
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Variation (A01)  ·  1-0
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Nov-16-09  gus inn: The mainreason for Mecking´s trouble is his handle of the opening.After Qxg7 it is next to impossible to hold.Especially against Fischer.
Nov-16-09  RandomVisitor: 4 minutes per move:

Robert James Fischer - Henrique Mecking
[A01]

Palma de Mallorca iz Rd: 21 Palma de Mallorca iz Rd: 21, 1970

[Rybka 3 ]

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 c5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Bb5 Bd7 last book move

6.0-0= 0.00/19
[Rybka 3 : 6.c4 e6 7.0-0 Be7= 0.16/20 ]

6...e6= 0.16/20
[Rybka 3 : 6...g6 7.Nc3 a6 8.Bxc6 Bxc6 9.d4 cxd4 10.Qxd4 Bg7 11.Na4 Qc7 12.Qb6 Qd8 13.Qd4 Qc7 14.Qb6 Qd8 15.Qd4 Qc7 16.Qb6 Qd8 17.Qd4 Qc7 18.Qb6 Qd8 19.Qd4 Qc7 20.Qb6 Qd8 21.Qd4 Qc7= 0.00/19 ]

7.d3= -0.04/20
[Rybka 3 : 7.c4 Be7 8.d3 0-0 9.Qe2 Qc7 10.Nbd2 dxc4 11.bxc4 a6 12.Ba4 Rab8= 0.16/20 ]

7...Be7= 0.16/20
[Rybka 3 : 7...Bd6 8.e4 Bc7 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.c4 Nf6 11.Qe2 0-0 12.Nbd2 Qe7 13.Bxc6 Bxc6 14.Ne5 Bxe5 15.Bxe5 Rad8 16.Rfe1 Ne8 17.Rad1 Nd6 18.h3= -0.04/20 ]

8.Bxc6= -0.03/23
[Rybka 3 : 8.Qe2 0-0 9.c4 Qc7 10.Nbd2 dxc4 11.bxc4 a6 12.Ba4 Rab8 13.Bxc6 Bxc6 14.Ne5 b5 15.f4 Rbd8= 0.16/20 ]

8...Bxc6 -0.03/21
9.Ne5 -0.03/20 Rc8= 0.23/20
[Rybka 3 : 9...Qc8 10.f4 0-0 11.Nd2 Nd7 12.Nxc6 Qxc6 13.Qe2 Bf6 14.Bxf6 Nxf6 15.e4 h6 16.e5 Nd7 17.Qe3 Rfe8 18.c4 Rac8 19.Rac1= -0.03/20 ]

10.Nd2= 0.02/19
[Rybka 3 : 10.Nxc6 Rxc6 11.Qe2 h6 12.c4 Rd6 13.e4 dxc4 14.dxc4 Rd3 15.e5 Nh7 16.Nc3 Rd2 17.Qg4 0-0 18.Bc1 Rd4 19.Ne4= 0.23/20 ]

10...0-0= 0.23/19
[Rybka 3 : 10...Qd6 11.f4 0-0 12.Qe2= 0.02/19 ]

11.f4= -0.12/19
[Rybka 3 : 11.Nxc6 Rxc6 12.Qe2 h6 13.f4 Re8 14.e4 Qb6 15.c4 Qa5 16.Rfd1 d4 17.e5 Nd7 18.Ne4 Rcc8 19.Rf1= 0.23/19 ]

11...Nd7= 0.23/18
[Rybka 3 : 11...Be8 12.a4 Nd7 13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.e4 Bd8 15.a5 f6 16.e5 f5 17.Qe2 a6 18.Qe3 Bh5 19.Qh3 Be2= -0.12/19 ]

12.Qg4= 0.00/21
[Rybka 3 : 12.Nxc6 Rxc6 13.e4 d4 14.a4 e5 15.f5 Bg5 16.Nc4 Qe7 17.a5 Nf6 18.c3 Rfc8 19.Qe2 h5 20.h3= 0.23/18 ]

12...Nxe5 0.00/20
13.Bxe5 -0.12/19 Bf6= 0.07/19
[Rybka 3 : 13...g6 14.Bb2 Qa5 15.Rfd1 Rfd8 16.a4 Qc7 17.Re1 d4 18.Nc4 Bf6 19.e4 b6 20.Rad1 Bg7 21.Qh4= -0.12/19 ]

Nov-16-09  RandomVisitor: continued:

14.Rf3= -0.06/17
[Rybka 3 : 14.a4 Bxe5 15.fxe5 Qc7 16.Nf3 h6 17.Rac1 Rcd8 18.Qg3 Rde8 19.Qh4 Rd8 20.Rce1 Qa5= 0.07/19 ]

14...Qe7= 0.22/20
[Rybka 3 : 14...c4 15.dxc4 dxc4 16.Rf2 Bxe5 17.fxe5 b5 18.bxc4 Qa5 19.cxb5 Bxb5 20.Ne4 Bc6 21.Nf6+ Kh8 22.Qf4 h6 23.a4 Rb8 24.Nh5 Rb4 25.Qg3= -0.06/17 ]

15.Raf1= -0.07/19
[Rybka 3 : 15.Qh5 h6 16.Rg3 Kh8 17.Rf1 Bxe5 18.fxe5 f5 19.exf6 Rxf6 20.Qe5 Rxf1+ 21.Kxf1 Rf8+ 22.Rf3 c4 23.Rxf8+ Qxf8+ 24.Ke2 cxd3+ 25.cxd3 Qa3 26.Qxe6 Qxa2 27.Qc8+ Kh7 28.Qf5+ Kg8 29.Qe5 Qa5 30.Qe6 0.22/20 ]

15...a5= 0.24/19
[Rybka 3 : 15...g6 16.Rh3 Bg7 17.a4 b6 18.Qg3 f6 19.Qh4 h6 20.Bb2 Rfd8 21.Rg3 Qf7 22.Qg4 Kh7 23.Qh4 d4 24.Nc4= -0.07/19 ]

16.Rg3= 0.00/19
[Rybka 3 : 16.Rh3 Bxe5 17.fxe5 f5 18.exf6 Rxf6 19.Rxf6 Qxf6 20.Rf3 Qa1+ 21.Rf1 Qe5 22.Qf4 Qxf4 23.exf4 a4 24.Nf3 axb3 25.axb3 Ra8 26.Re1 Ra2 27.Re2 d4 28.Ng5 Bd5 29.Kf2= 0.24/19 ]

16...Bxe5 0.93/22
[Rybka 3 : 16...g6 17.Nf3 c4 18.Ng5 cxd3 19.cxd3 Bg7 20.Qh3 h5 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.Nf3 Kh8 23.Rg5 Be8 24.Rxh5+ gxh5 25.Qxh5+ Kg7 26.Qg4+ Kh8 27.Qh5+ Kg7 28.Qg4+ Kh8 29.Qh5+ Kg7 30.Qg4+ Kh8 31.Qh5+ Kg7= 0.00/19 ]

17.fxe5 0.93/20 f5 0.93/26
18.exf6 0.93/25 Rxf6 0.93/25
19.Qxg7+ 0.93/25 Qxg7 0.93/26
20.Rxf6 0.93/25 Qxg3 0.93/26
21.hxg3 0.93/24 Re8 0.93/22
22.g4 0.88/24 a4 0.96/22
23.Nf3 0.72/22 axb3 0.99/24
[Rybka 3 : 23...e5 24.Ng5 c4 25.Ne6 Rc8 26.g5 cxd3 27.cxd3 axb3 28.axb3 Bd7 29.Kf2 Bxe6 30.Rxe6 Rc2+ 31.Kf3 Rd2 0.72/22 ]

24.axb3 0.92/23 Kg7 1.59/25
[Rybka 3 : 24...e5 25.Ng5 Ra8 26.Ne6 c4 27.g5 cxd3 28.cxd3 Bd7 29.Nc5 Bc6 30.d4 exd4 31.exd4 Rf8 0.92/23 ]

25.g5 1.57/22 e5 1.78/24
26.Nh4 1.78/22 Bd7 1.78/24
27.Rd6 1.78/22 Be6 2.24/21
28.Kf2 1.97/21 Kf7 2.11/23
29.Rb6 1.98/22 Re7 2.69/23
[Rybka 3 : 29...Bc8 30.Rb5 Ke6 31.Rxc5 Bd7 32.Rc7 b5 33.Nf3 e4 34.dxe4 Kd6 35.Rb7 Rxe4 36.c3 Kc6 37.Rb8 Kd6 38.Nd4 Re5 39.Rb6+ Kc5 40.Rh6 Re7 41.Rh4 1.98/22 ]

30.e4 2.51/21 dxe4 2.72/23
31.dxe4 2.57/21 c4 2.86/24
32.b4 2.77/22 Bg4? 4.67/22
[Rybka 3 : 32...c3 33.Ke3 Rc7 34.Nf3 Bb3 35.Nxe5+ Ke8 36.Kd3 Ba4 37.Ng4 Kd8 38.Rd6+ Kc8 39.Rd5 2.77/22 ]

33.Ke3? 2.86/23
[Rybka 3 : 33.Nf5 Bxf5 34.exf5 Kf8 35.Rd6 Rc7 36.Ke3 Ke8 37.Rd5 b6 38.Rxe5+ Kf8 4.67/22 ]

33...Rd7 2.86/24
34.g6+ 2.75/23 Kf8? 5.01/27
[Rybka 3 : 34...Ke8 35.Nf3 Bxf3 36.Re6+ Kd8 37.gxf3 hxg6 38.Rxe5 Rh7 39.Rd5+ Ke7 40.Rc5 Rh1 41.Rxc4 Kd7 42.Rc5 2.75/23 ]

35.gxh7 5.01/26 Rxh7 5.00/19
36.Ng6+ 4.60/20 Ke8 5.01/26
37.Nxe5 5.01/20 Bc8 5.01/25
38.Nxc4 5.01/22 Kd8 5.05/21
39.Nd6 5.05/20 Rg7 5.12/21
40.Kf2 5.12/23 Kc7 5.12/23
41.Nxc8 5.12/23 Kxc8 4.81/21
42.Rd6 4.21/22
1-0

Nov-16-09  RandomVisitor: 16...g6 would possibly equalize for black.
Nov-16-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: three pawns in front-and Fischer. black is dead as a doornail.
Nov-16-09  xrt999: this game illustrates a pretty cool mathematical fundamental of chess: when ahead material trade down.

Mathematically, having 6 pawns to your opponents 5 is a one pawn advantage, as is 5 to 4, 4 to 3, 3 to 2, etc.

Your percent material advantage, though, increases as you trade down. In other words, at a ratio of 6 to 5, you have 20% more material than your opponent; at 3 to 2 you have 50% more material than your opponent. Although in each case you have the same total <absolute> advantage, 1 pawn, you now have more than doubled your <percent> advantage.

Ive always liked this simple mathematical point.

Nov-16-09  JG27Pyth: Fischer plays such beautiful chess!

I glanced at the Kibitzing before going thru the game and I expected Mecking to play like NN from what people wrote. Come on, he wasn't lost from the beginning, etc. Fischer got the better game sure, but against an ordinary master Mecking certainly had drawing chances in the ending... Fischer's wizardry with the N was startling.

Nov-16-09  WhiteRook48: Fischer 1 b3??
Nov-16-09  Budo: <WhiteRook48: Fischer 1 b3??>

Hardly surprising. According to Fischer, 1.b3 is "best by jest."

Nov-16-09  Skakalec: The opening was actually Nimzo-Indian with the reversed colours! That means white played an opening good for black with one tempo more.
Nov-16-09  Budo: <The opening was actually Nimzo-Indian with the reversed colours! That means white played an opening good for black with one tempo more.>

And usually these "Black openings with one tempo more" are not as promising for White as normal openings.

Nov-16-09  GMMandetowitch: Mecking reached number 3 of the world in FIDE ratings.Of course he was (and still is) a very strong player,but strangely enough I can't see anything so special in his games.Nowadays he seems to play very nervously,he fears the game somehow, and his endgame skills are not impressive,I agree.A good example of what I'm saying was his performance in Wijk An Zee earlier this year.He played some passive chess,never showing a desire to really win the game,he seemed to want a draw since the first move of every game,and he actually ended up in tough endings and had a lot of difficulties to hold his own,more likely losing than achieving the draw in most of the struggles.
Feb-19-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: EXCHANGE ON THE PINNING SQUARE
Feb-20-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: EXCHANGE ON THE PINNING SQUARE: NOT A DEFENDER

Fischer vs Mecking, 1970 19 Qg4xg7+! Qe7xQg7 no longer defends f6-rook, 20 Rf1xRf6

Nov-21-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: <Here is a good Mecking end game, vs. Tal. Mecking vs Tal, 1975 I think he improved his ending because of the Korchnoi match, but then got very ill and had to leave chess.
Mar-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <xrt999: this game illustrates a pretty cool mathematical fundamental of chess: when ahead material trade down.> ... <Ive always liked this simple mathematical point.>

Hmm... careful with those principles. Trading down cannot be done blindly... you may end up ridding your opponent of weaknesses. After all, another principle tells us that advantages are often transformed and mutate into different (and bigger, if things are done properly) advantages.

And there are exceptions. For example, Fischer played 32.b4 instead of trading 32.bxc4. No principle is written in stone. *That* is what I always liked about chess.

Mar-06-12  RookFile: When you're winning, the rule is trade pieces not pawns. There are exceptions, of course.
Mar-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: I like the pun. :)
Mar-07-12  kurtrichards: <42. Rd6> ...and Mecking's king is cut off. A clear 1-0.
Oct-26-13  parisattack: Awesome thematic play by Fischer. "How to Play the Nimzo-Larsen Attack." He was indeed a machine from 1970-1972!
Aug-20-14  newhampshireboy: A wonderful game!
Nov-28-14  SpiritedReposte: <Mecking Order>
Oct-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  yiotta: Fischer's handling of the Nimzo-Larsen was original and pragmatic, see also his game vs. Ulf Andersson. I can only wonder what it would be like to play with such clarity of thought, such pure vision, such brilliance, and it's really very sad that off the chess board, his life was so unhappy and such a mess.
Oct-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <yiotta: Fischer's handling of the Nimzo-Larsen was original and pragmatic, see also his game vs. Ulf Andersson. I can only wonder what it would be like to play with such clarity of thought, such pure vision, such brilliance, and it's really very sad that off the chess board, his life was so unhappy and such a mess.>

Just like Morphy ?

Oct-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  yiotta: <harrylime> Very much so, I think.
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