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|Jan-01-12|| ||whiteshark: "One of the wonders of chess history was the appearance in the chess arena in the mid-20th century of a young Brazilian, who in a few years acquired sufficient strength and experience to fight for the title of world champion. In Brazil, a country famous for its football but with a lack of chess traditions, there emerged a youngster who at the age of 13 scored 50% in a very strong grandmaster tournament, the so-called 'Interzonal' in Sousse in 1967. The youngster did not rest on his laurels, and in 1973 he won the Interzonal Tournament in Petropolis! Looking at the history of chess competitions, I have to conclude that <[Henrique] Mecking's successes> were exceptional. I consider the Brazilian player's talent to be comparable with that of the brilliant individuals Mikhail Tal and Magnus Carlsen."|
|Jan-01-12|| ||King Death: <whiteshark> Korchnoi made a small mistake: Mecking was 15 at Sousse though this was a fine result anyhow.|
|Jan-23-12|| ||brankat: I still remember quite well H.Mecking's participation in '67 Interzonal. Forty-five years ago already? Wow!|
Happy Birthday GM Mecking!
|Sep-15-12|| ||Antiochus: Life and games:
|Mar-15-13|| ||Marmot PFL: Korchnoi beat Mecking in a match so his praise now is understandable. At the time Korchnoi said that Mecking lacked original ideas and was afraid of him in endings. (After winning the Interzonal Mecking evidently said he was the #3 player in the world, behind Fischer and Karpov).|
|Apr-24-13|| ||Yopo: Mequinho foi o maior jogador sul-americano que que o mundo viu até hoje. Najdorf não pode vencê-lo, mas ele venceu Najdorf 3 vezes. Granda esteve entre os 20 primeiros, mas Mecking apareceu na lista da FIDE de 1977 com 2645 pts, 3rd do mundo, atrás apenas de karpov e korchnoi.Mecking foi o primeiro a ganhar 2 interzonais, antes de Gelfand.|
Nem todos sabem, mas Fischer queria colocar seu título em jogo contra o brasileiro. Acontece que Fischer pedia muito alto, sua contrapoposta para o Hilton hotel de Las vegas foi de 10 milhões de dólares em 1973. Mequinho não pode superar os soviéticos e se apresentar como desafiante, pelas regras da FIDE.
Mas se tivesse conseguido, estou certo de que Fischer iria enfrentá-lo. Fischer estava em guerra com as regras para desabafar, o que ele realmente temia era o "staff" de Karpov, que poderia incluir todos os mestres soviétcos e até espionagem.
O que as pessoas realmente gostam de ver é xadrez. Então, porque não incluir mais partidas do Mecking na database?
Mecking at his best:
Mecking vs Najdorf, 1971
|May-03-13|| ||Yopo: Naturalmente, eu estava me referindo a este torneio:|
|Jan-23-14|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday!|
|Feb-06-14|| ||offramp: He has, I believe, some extreme millenarial views based on the teachings of a Brazilian Roman catholic order. My Portuguese is not up to it. Does anyone have first hand news?|
|Feb-27-14|| ||Gottschalk: "Don't make war, make chess "
|Apr-05-14|| ||zanzibar: Here is another link to an English-language transcription of the radio interview (which I assume was in Portuguese).|
|Sep-03-14|| ||chancho: A more up to date photo of Henrique Mecking:
|Oct-26-14|| ||pazzed paun: H. Mecking the Grandmaster that could read players minds
according to V. Korchnoi|
|Oct-26-14|| ||john barleycorn: <pazzed paun: H. Mecking the Grandmaster that could read players minds according to V. Korchnoi>|
with a few misreadings, I suppose:
Viktor Korchnoi beat Henrique Mecking 5 to 2, with 12 draws.
|Nov-25-14|| ||pazzed paun: don't forget that later on Korchnoi developed the anti-Mecking counter strategy of wearing a tin foil hat and lining the soles of his shoes with copper coins to block the sapping mindreading rays!
Korchnoi has said that the match with Mecking was most Unpleasant|
|Jan-23-16|| ||Eduardo Bermudez: 64 years 64 squares 64 chess games|
|Jan-23-16|| ||sonia91: Happy birhday!
<Eduardo Bermudez> nice :)
|Jan-23-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Henrique Mecking.|
|Jan-23-16|| ||lost in space: Happy Birthday. GM <HM>|
|Feb-24-16|| ||zanzibar: This is the youngest picture of him I've ever seen:
(I think he's ~15 years old there, playing in this tournament: Sousse Interzonal (1967))
See also: http://soloscacchi.altervista.org/?...
|Jun-29-16|| ||Nosnibor: <Zanzibar> In the book "Mequinho De Um Genio" by Rubens A.Filguth which is a biography of Mecking on page 31 there is photograph of him dressed in a coat and wearing a tie aged 12 years old in 1964.|
|Nov-25-16|| ||disasterion: <‘Which player on the international circuit got on more of his colleagues’ nerves than any other? That’s easy − nine out of ten grandmasters would instantly nominate Henrique Mecking...|
Over and over again, Mecking restlessly adjusted half the pieces until each occupied the exact geometric center of its square. It didn’t stop him that the rules forbade this when his opponent’s clock is running.
Nor did he confine his compulsive adjustments to the pieces. He was known to reach over to the other side of the table and line up his opponent’s pen to make it perpendicular to the chessboard edge and equidistant from the scoresheet margins.
His chess, however, was no indication of the tenseness underlying it. His style was classical, serene, positional and logical.’
|Nov-25-16|| ||Howard: Mecking was known, as I recall, for being a paranoid player. Kavalek remarked in his coverage of the Polugavesky--Mecking 1977 match that he changed seconds "as often as he changed shirts."|
On another note, that book by Byrne was a classic potboiler, if you ask me ! It was just a rehash of his past NYT columns.
|Jan-23-17|| ||Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster. I thrilled to your games when I was learning chess in the mid 70s. You and other super GMs made me believe in artistry, fight, and ideas. Many happy returns of the day, Henrique!|
|Jan-23-17|| ||gmgomes: Mecking is currently playing at Floripa Chess Open.|
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