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Henrique Mecking vs Viktor Korchnoi
Sousse Interzonal (1967), Sousse TUN, rd 11, Oct-29
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Simagin Variation (E62)  ·  1-0


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Dec-22-03  Resignation Trap: According to Mecking, 15...Rf7 is a good move, with the idea of doubling rooks on the f-file. He now suceeds in keeping the initiative with the sacrifice of two pawns.

20. Rac1! Not 20. Nxd5 Nxd5 21. Nxd5 c6! with an improved position over what occurred in the actual game.

24. Bc2 Some sources (such as the book of the tournament) give 24. Bg2 as the move played. Which is correct? I don't know!

25...Rxf4 Otherwise the white passed pawn becomes very dangerous.

28...Nd4 28...Nxb4! 29. Rb1 Bf8 30. Rxe4 a5 31. a3 Nc6 32. Rxb8 Nxb8 33. Ra4 would make it difficult for white to win.

29...Nf3+? Better is 29...Rd8 30. Kg2 with the idea of h5 and Rh1, with a draw as the most likely outcome.

38. f5!! An important finesse, preventing the Black Rook from getting among the White pawns.

Mar-11-04  ughaibu: I find this the most interesting of Korchnoi's losses at Sousse. Resignation Trap's notes are interesting but I mainly like this game as an illustration of conflicting judgement.
Mar-11-04  aulero: 24.Bc2 does not make sense. After 24.Bc2 the simple Nxc6 gives a winning position to the Black.

24.Bg2 is surely the played move (now 24...Nxc6 is now impossible for 25.Bxd5)

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  wordfunph: from Chess Life & Review 1973..

Henrique Mecking was then a 15-year-old boy when this game was played. Game was adjourned, winning position for Mecking and the second session scheduled at 9 a.m. where Mecking came on time and discovered that Korchnoi resigned the game 15 minutes before. Mecking was quoted, "I was surprised that he didn't come at least to shake hands."

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  Fusilli: <aulero> I was wondering exactly that... why not 24...Nxc6? I'm sure you are right.
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  vonKrolock: <<Resignation Trap> 24. Bc2 Some sources (such as the book of the tournament) give 24. Bg2 as the move played. Which is correct? I don't know!>

Yes, 24.Bc2 here looks like a typo, other sources gives 'g2' - moreover, the 'c2' move is very weak: <24.♗g2> may, therefore, be the correct lesson

Sep-03-14  Fanques Fair: Beautiful game from 15 year progidy Mecking !

Moves like 15-h4 ! and 16- Qa4 ! are genius ! Their aim is to explore the absence of Black´s light-squared bishop in the weakened light squares, even at the cost of a pawn. Remarkable concept !

In the course of the game, the boy had no fear of sacrificing a piece for an exchange and a pawn and reaching a won end-game. Brilliant game.

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