|Sep-14-08|| ||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
|May-06-12|| ||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|
|Aug-25-14|| ||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 ?|
|Aug-25-14|| ||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.|
|Oct-12-17|| ||offramp: Was Augusta perhaps having a festival in 1974?|