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Henrique Mecking
Number of games in database: 484
Years covered: 1964 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2597 (2603 rapid, 2589 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2635

Overall record: +166 -74 =237 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (35) 
    B83 B67 B81 B44 B50
 King's Indian (24) 
    E81 E93 E92 E84 E88
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C69 C92 C67 C78 C95
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E41 E56 E45 E54 E53
 Modern Benoni (17) 
    A56 A70 A58 A61 A79
 French Defense (13) 
    C18 C19 C16 C11 C05
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (58) 
    B96 B92 B90 B50 B48
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    B96 B92 B90 B99 B93
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C98 C96 C92 C91 C99
 King's Indian (20) 
    E97 E66 E80 E60 E76
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (20) 
    C98 C96 C92 C91 C95
 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
   Najdorf vs Mecking, 1978 1/2-1/2
   Smyslov vs Mecking, 1973 0-1
   Mecking vs Tal, 1975 1-0
   Mecking vs Korchnoi, 1974 1-0
   Mecking vs Korchnoi, 1967 1-0
   Mecking vs L A Tan, 1973 1-0
   Mecking vs Miles, 1978 1-0
   Mecking vs Najdorf, 1971 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)
   Hastings 1966/67 (1966)
   Palma de Mallorca (1969)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   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
   San Antonio 1972 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1971 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 I Duchamp Int Open
   Mecking vs L Rodi (Nov-18-17) 1-0
   N Delgado Ramirez vs Mecking (Nov-17-17) 1/2-1/2
   Mecking vs B Roselli Mailhe (Nov-16-17) 1-0
   P Felizes vs Mecking (Nov-15-17) 0-1
   Mecking vs M Larrea (Nov-14-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-23-1952, 65 years old) Brazil

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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 20; games 1-25 of 484  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Mecking vs S Benevenga ½-½251964Mecking 13 years oldC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
2. Mecking vs L T Da Silva 1-0511965BRA-ch 32thA61 Benoni
3. Mecking vs C Peixoto  1-0321965BRA-ch sfB41 Sicilian, Kan
4. Mecking vs J de Souza Mendes 0-1601965BRA-ch 32thB06 Robatsch
5. Mecking vs E Cotta  1-0381965BRA-ch 32ndA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
6. Mecking vs J Vilela 1-0501965BRA-ch sfA95 Dutch, Stonewall
7. Mecking vs M De Freitas  ½-½321965BRA-ch 32ndC58 Two Knights
8. Mecking vs M Miranda ½-½471965BRA-ch 32thE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
9. Mecking vs N Silveira ½-½351965BRA-ch sfC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
10. Mecking vs F Alves 1-0341965BRA-ch 32thE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
11. Mecking vs E Stenzel ½-½381965BRA-ch sfC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. Mecking vs B Moreira 1-0411965BRA-ch 32thE81 King's Indian, Samisch
13. Mecking vs A M Vieira  1-0361965BRA-ch sfB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
14. Mecking vs Pelikan  1-0511966Rio Hondo ztB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
15. Mecking vs J A Rubinetti  1-0441966Rio Hondo ARGE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. R Garcia vs Mecking 0-1591966Rio HondoE97 King's Indian
17. Mecking vs J L Carmona Rosales 1-0281966Rio Hondo ztD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. Mecking vs M Luckis  1-0391966Rio Hondo ztB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
19. Mecking vs G W Fonrobert  1-0581966Sao Paulo CXSP-chE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
20. Mecking vs Foguelman 1-0671966Rio Hondo ztC18 French, Winawer
21. Mecking vs M Fischman 1-0241966Sao Paulo CXSP-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
22. Mecking vs Panno 1-0511966Rio Hondo ARGE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
23. Mecking vs J L Alvarez del Monte 1-0221966Rio Hondo ztE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
24. Mecking vs J de Souza Mendes 1-0281966Sao Paulo CXSP-chB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
25. S Schweber vs Mecking  1-0391966Rio Hondo ztA15 English
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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:

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  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.
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.’

Robert Byrne

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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