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Viktor Korchnoi vs Henrique Mecking
Korchnoi - Mecking Candidates Quarterfinal (1974), Augusta, GA USA, rd 1, Jan-16
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Smyslov System (A22)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Ulhumbrus: 13 cb ab 14 Bb2 undoubles the c pawn instead of which Korchnoi allows Mecking to wreck his Queen side pawns by 13 f3 Bc6 14 Nf5 bc 15 bc
Jan-04-12  bobbylee: Then black plays 14. ... Bc6 with good prospects. A c4 advance is met by ... b4 and black should have good play on the queenside against white's pawns plus prospects of play in the center. Black covers e7 against Nf5-e7 xc6, plays the queen to b7. A c4 push by white would also give black chances of occupying d4 by ... Ne6-d4. I play the English as white but I'd be comfortable playing black here.
Jan-05-12  SChesshevsky: It looks like, rightly or wrongly, Korchnoi wanted a Maroczy like hold on the center d4 and didn't mind any weakness on the qside.

Makes sense on the 1st game of the match maybe hoping Mecking would overextend on either wing. But it seems maybe Korchnoi lost patience first and got a little too optimistic with 34.h5

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  Ulhumbrus: On 13 ab ab 14 Bb3 Bc6 if Black can answer the pawn advance c4 by ...b4 and ...Nc5-e6-d4 this suggests keeping White's c pawn on c3 eg 15 Qc2 Ne6 16 Bc1 with Be3 to follow
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  Tabanus: Candidates' Matches 1974 by Botvinnik et al. (Belgrade 1974) p. 60:

Mecking spent almost 90 minutes on his first 9 moves. Korchnoi spent only 8 minutes, but he took 55 minutes on his 10th move. Finally, it was a miracle how Mecking made his next 16 moves in only one or two minutes.

Aug-25-14  Howard: Now, why would Korchnoi have spent almost an hour on his 55th move ?!? Any suggestions ?

It's a bit strange, incidentally, that Korchnoi had so much trouble disposing of Mecking in this match. Granted, Mecking was one of the top 10-15 players in the world in 1974, but someone of Korchnoi's experience and caliber should have had little trouble overcoming him.

Aug-25-14  Howard: This match was played in--of all places--Augusta, GA. Nothing wrong with that city, but it seems odd that it took place in a somewhat out-of-the-way location. Why not Atlanta ?
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  perfidious: Mayhap because Augusta had the winning bid, or alternatively, the site was the one agreed upon by the players over other possibilities?
Aug-25-14  Howard: True, but it still seems a bit odd.
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  offramp: Was Augusta perhaps having a festival in 1974?
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