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Henrique Mecking vs Anthony Miles
Hoogovens (1978), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-24
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17)  ·  1-0


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Mar-08-04  shr0pshire: “Henrique Mecking ... apparently, plays just one tournament every three years ... spending most of his time studiously preparing for the moment when the World Championship will be his. I will not bore you with my views on this practice but suffice it to say I consider it most unnatural and faintly unhealthy. Having said this I must confess that I’ve just lost to him without getting out of the opening.” (Tony Miles)

I can't believe that miles lost without getting out of the opening. To be fair Mecking was a top 10 player, but Miles was very strong too. That quotation is just very comical I have found. And it makes me think of Mecking in a whole new way.

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  Honza Cervenka: Whole line with 7...Bf5 seems to be a little bit dubious. Miles lost the game in the opening playing a line played before. See Jansa vs J Flesch, 1970
Sep-21-07  posoo: Miles played this game like a bum. You're a bum! You know that? A bum!
Mar-10-09  nummerzwei: This game is remarkable for three reasons:

1) It was Mecking's last win before he retired in 1979.

2) The position after the "good move" 7...Be6 had occurred twice before in Mecking's games, and both times it was him who won:

Mecking vs Filip, 1971 1:0 (66)

Kavalek vs Mecking, 1975 0:1 (44)

3) Although Miles was more than three years younger than Mecking and has, unfortunately, already died, he has 2,310 games in this database, whereas Mecking has only 421!

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  vonKrolock: <11...♗xe5> ?! Maybe 11...c5 etc is better, as in Karpov vs A Zaitsev, 1970 where white's victory was not the consequence of a black opening or early middle game failure
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