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Henrique Mecking vs Vlastimil Hort
"The Mecking of a GM" (game of the day Feb-22-2017)
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 2, Nov-10
Gruenfeld Defense: Brinckmann Attack. Grünfeld Gambit (D83)  ·  1-0


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Feb-22-17  waustad: It isn't that clear that this game shows it, but Mecking was an exceptional player back in the day. So was Hort.
Feb-22-17  waustad: A good thing is that both are still around and playing, as of the recent past.
Feb-22-17  razetime: White had a slight edge over black at move 37, but the blunder made the win easier. 37..Qxa4? lost the game clearly. Sometimes snatching pawns may cause serious problems. Although Mecking scored 12.5/23, he was unable to qualify for the world championships due to losses against Efim Geller, Lajos Portisch and few others. Fischer went on to win the tournament with 18.5/23.
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  offramp: <waustad: It isn't that clear that this game shows it, but Mecking was an exceptional player back in the day.>

He was also good at night.

Feb-22-17  RookFile: After 27....Red1 black goes for ...Bf8 and ...Bb4. I can't believe this is a good idea. Instead, the e8 knight seems to be misplaced, I think black should invest time in improving this piece instead.
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  al wazir: Why is this game of special interest? It looks as if Hort just hung a piece.
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  ChessHigherCat: - Mecking can never get anyone to listen to him. - Vun day ve vill see Heinrich mecking himself hort.
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  JohnBoy: <razetime> I could hardly disagree more. Black was dead lost by move 37. Hirt was losing a second pawn and Mecking was in controlled mop-up mode. 37...Qa4 is less a blunder than a cheapo.
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  kevin86: Black has ZERO defenses on the dark colored squares!
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  ajile: Seems to me that before 30..b5? Black had no weaknesses.White has a space advantage but this is compensated by White's slightly weak d4 pawn.

This game is a good example of what happens when one player becomes impatient and tries to "do something."

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  ajile: Note that Black has tactical options based on the undefended Qc2. For example check out the following line where Black can play 30..Nf6 and then 31..Nd5! with impunity.

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit : 22 ply

1. ˛ (0.29): 30...Nf6 31.f3 Nd5 32.Bg5 Be7 33.Qd2 Bxg5 34.Qxg5 f6 35.Qh4 Nf4 36.R3d2 g5 37.Qh6 b5 38.Ne3 Ng6 39.g3 bxa4 40.bxa4 Rb8 41.e5 Qg7 42.Qxg7+ Kxg7 43.exf6+ Kxf6 44.Rc1 Rb4 45.Rxc6 Rdxd4

2. ˛ (0.35): 30...b5 31.Ne5 f6 32.Nf3 f5 33.exf5 exf5 34.Bg5 Rd5 35.Re3 Nd6 36.Bf4 Qb7 37.Ng5 h6 38.Ne6 bxa4 39.bxa4 c5 40.dxc5

Note also that 30..b5 actually wasn't as bad as I thought initially but 31..bxa4 wasn't as good as the simple 31..f6.

Lastly if 30..Nf6 31.Bg5 Nxe4! and the resulting positions are considered almost dead equal by Rybka since after 32.Bxd8 Rxd8 Black is strong on the dark squares and it is difficult for White to penetrate Black's position.

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