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Henrique Mecking
Number of games in database: 465
Years covered: 1964 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2606
Highest rating achieved in database: 2645
Overall record: +156 -73 =229 (59.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      7 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (35) 
    B44 B83 B67 B81 B90
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C69 C92 C67 C78 C95
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E41 E45 E52 E56 E54
 King's Indian (22) 
    E81 E93 E97 E92 E84
 Modern Benoni (16) 
    A70 A56 A58 A59 A71
 French Defense (13) 
    C18 C11 C19 C16 C14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (52) 
    B92 B90 B48 B96 B99
 Sicilian Najdorf (22) 
    B90 B92 B96 B99 B93
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C98 C96 C95 C92 C91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (20) 
    C98 C96 C91 C99 C92
 King's Indian (18) 
    E66 E60 E97 E80 E82
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E17 E12 E14 E19 E15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Mecking vs A Rocha, 1969 1-0
   L A Tan vs Mecking, 1976 0-1
   Smyslov vs Mecking, 1973 0-1
   Mecking vs Korchnoi, 1974 1-0
   Najdorf vs Mecking, 1978 1/2-1/2
   Mecking vs L A Tan, 1973 1-0
   M Mrdja vs Mecking, 2006 0-1
   Mecking vs Najdorf, 1971 1-0
   Savon vs Mecking, 1973 0-1
   Mecking vs Reshevsky, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Bazna Kings Tournament (2007)
   Bazna King's Tournament (2008)
   Palma de Mallorca (1969)
   Hastings 1966/67 (1966)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   36th Olympiad (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   MecKing! by Lejgvs
   As 40 Melhores Partidas - Mecking by amadeus
   Selected Brazilian Wins by policrates
   San Antonio 1972 by suenteus po 147
   Hoogovens 33th / Wijk aan Zee (1971) by zanzibar
   Hastings 1971/72 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1971 by suenteus po 147

   Mecking vs S Mareco (Jan-25-11) 1-0
   D Stamenkovic vs Mecking (Jan-24-11) 1/2-1/2
   Mecking vs G Name (Jan-23-11) 1/2-1/2
   O Zambrana vs Mecking (Jan-22-11) 1/2-1/2
   Mecking vs E Tsuboi (Jan-21-11) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-23-1952, 64 years old) Brazil

[what is this?]
Henrique da Costa Mecking was born in Santa Cruz do Sul. He learned chess at the age of 6. He won his state championship at the age of 11. In 1965, when just thirteen years old, he won his country's championship, 2.5 points more than 2nd place. For this victory, many chess critics hailed him as "the next Fischer," referring to the fact that Robert James Fischer had won the US championship at fourteen. Mecking also won the Brazil championship in 1965 and 1967, never playing in another Brazilian championship, except for the 2011 edition (in which he placed third). In 1966, he was South American champion (jointly) with Julio Bolbochan, Oscar Panno and Alberto Foguelman. He played in the Sousse Interzonal (1967) at the age of 15 and won the Sousse speed championship. Mecking was awarded the title of International Grandmaster in 1971 (at the age of 19) after winning at Vrsac and taking 3rd at Hastings. South American champion at Sao Paulo, zt 1972, 2,5 points ahead of Oscar Panno and Miguel A Quinteros. He won two Interzonal events, Petropolis Interzonal (1973) (without a loss) and Manila Interzonal (1976) (only losing to Spassky). These and other tournament victories vaulted him to third place on FIDE's world rankings list in 1977, behind only World Champion Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi.

In 1979, Mecking was attempting his third consecutive Interzonal victory (Rio de Janerio) when he was forced to withdraw from the tournament, having been stricken with near-fatal illness (myasthenia gravis). It took 12 years for him to recover enough to resume his chess career. He still lives in Brazil and maintains a high rating, although he has not managed to rejoin the world's elite.

By 2009, Mecking was Brazil's fifth highest rated player. He took on the then Brazilian number one, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, in a match of four classical games in Sao Paulo, Brazil 23rd-27th September 2009. The match was drawn 2 all - Game Collection: Match - Mecking v Hilario Ta Fier - 2009.

Wikipedia article: Henrique Mecking

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 465  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Mecking vs S Benevenga ½-½25 1964 Mecking 13 years oldC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
2. Mecking vs B Moreira 1-041 1965 BRA-ch 32thE81 King's Indian, Samisch
3. Mecking vs A M Vieira  1-036 1965 BRA-ch sfB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
4. Mecking vs L T Da Silva 1-051 1965 BRA-ch 32thA61 Benoni
5. Mecking vs C Peixoto  1-032 1965 BRA-ch sfB41 Sicilian, Kan
6. Mecking vs J de Souza Mendes 0-160 1965 BRA-ch 32thB06 Robatsch
7. Mecking vs E Cotta  1-038 1965 BRA-ch 32thA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
8. Mecking vs J Vilela  1-050 1965 BRA-ch sfA95 Dutch, Stonewall
9. Mecking vs M De Freitas  ½-½32 1965 BRA-ch 32thC58 Two Knights
10. Mecking vs M Miranda ½-½47 1965 BRA-ch 32thE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
11. Mecking vs N Silveira ½-½35 1965 BRA-ch sfC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
12. Mecking vs F Alves 1-034 1965 BRA-ch 32thE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
13. Mecking vs E Stenzel ½-½38 1965 BRA-ch sfC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. Mecking vs S Ammar ½-½53 1966 Sao Paulo CXSP-chD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
15. Mecking vs J A Rubinetti  1-044 1966 Rio Hondo ARGE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. Mecking vs J de Souza Mendes 1-042 1966 Rio Hondo ztE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
17. Mecking vs Pelikan  1-051 1966 Rio Hondo ztB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
18. Mecking vs J L Carmona Rosales 1-028 1966 Rio Hondo ztD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. Mecking vs M Luckis  1-039 1966 Rio Hondo ztB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
20. Mecking vs G W Fonrobert  1-058 1966 Sao Paulo CXSP-chE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
21. Mecking vs Panno 1-051 1966 Rio Hondo ARGE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
22. R Garcia vs Mecking 0-159 1966 Rio HondoE97 King's Indian
23. Mecking vs Foguelman 1-067 1966 Rio Hondo ztC18 French, Winawer
24. Mecking vs M Fischman 1-024 1966 Sao Paulo CXSP-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
25. Mecking vs J L Alvarez del Monte 1-022 1966 Rio Hondo ztE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 465  PGN Download
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Jun-16-11  Antiochus: Mecking playing Sicilian again:

[Event "I Bahia Feliz GM"]
[Site "Bahia Feliz ESP"]
[Date "2011.05.19"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Ra Mateo"]
[Black "H Mecking"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B53"]
[WhiteElo "2422"]
[BlackElo "2577"]
[PlyCount "154"]
[EventDate "2011.05.12"]
[Source "Mark Crowther"]
[SourceDate "2011.05.23"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 a6 5. c4 Nc6 6. Qd2 g6 7. Nc3 Bh6 8. Qc2 Bg7 9. h3 Nf6 10. Be2 O-O 11. Be3 Bd7 12. O-O Rc8 13. Rfd1 Qa5 14. a3 Ne5 15. Nxe5 Qxe5 16. Bd4 Qg5 17. Be3 Qa5 18. Qd2 Rfe8 19. f3 Be6 20. Nd5 Qxd2 21. Rxd2 Nxd5 22. exd5 Bd7 23. Rc1 b5 24. c5 dxc5 25. Rxc5 Bh6 26. Bxh6 Rxc5 27. Be3 Rc1+ 28. Kf2 Rec8 29. d6 R1c2 30. dxe7 Rxd2 31. Bxd2 f6 32. Bd3 Kf7 33. Bb4 Bf5 34. Be2 Rc2 35. Ke3 Rxb2 36. g4 Bd7 37. h4 a5 38. Bxa5 Kxe7 39. Bb4+ Ke6 40. h5 gxh5 41. gxh5 Be8 42. h6 Rb3+ 43. Kd4 Rb1 44. Bd3 Rd1 45. Ke3 Rh1 46. Bxh7 Rxh6 47. Bd3 Bc6 48. Bf8 Rh3 49. Be2 Rh1 50. Bb4 Rb1 51. Bd3 Rd1 52. Be2 Rd8 53. Bf1 Kd5 54. Bd3 Re8+ 55. Kf4 Kd4 56. Bf5 Kc4 57. Bg4 Kb3 58. Bh5 Re5 59. Bf7+ Bd5 60. Bg6 Bc6 61. Bf7+ Kb2 62. Bd6 Re1 63. Bc5 Rf1 64. Bh5 Bd7 65. Bg6 Bc6 66. Bh5 Kb3 67. Ke3 Re1+ 68. Kd4 Re5 69. Bf7+ Ka4 70. Bd6 Re2 71. f4 Rd2+ 72. Kc5 Be4 73. Bg8 Kxa3 74. Be7 b4 75. Kb5 Rd4 76. Bxf6 Bd3+ 77. Ka5 Rd6 0-1

Oct-25-11  Wrong:

a nice 13.5/14 by Mecking despite his opposition is not that very strong.

Oct-25-11  Ken Chamberlain: Mecking was good, and so was Bob Dylan. Life goes on.
Dec-21-11  Petrosianic: <Mecking also won the Brazil championship in 1965 and 1967, never playing in another Brazilian championship.>

He played in the one just now completed, so this bio needs updating.

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  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."

--Viktor Korchnoi

Jan-01-12  King Death: <whiteshark> Korchnoi made a small mistake: Mecking was 15 at Sousse though this was a fine result anyhow.
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  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:

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  brankat: Happy Birthday!
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  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 "
Henrique Mecking
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  zanzibar: Here is another link to an English-language transcription of the radio interview (which I assume was in Portuguese).

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  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
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  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
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  Eduardo Bermudez: 64 years 64 squares 64 chess games
Jan-23-16  sonia91: Happy birhday!

<Eduardo Bermudez> nice :)

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Henrique Mecking.
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  lost in space: Happy Birthday. GM <HM>
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  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:

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  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.
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