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Henrique Mecking vs Viktor Korchnoi
Korchnoi - Mecking Candidates Quarterfinal (1974), Augusta, GA USA, rd 12, Feb-09
Spanish Game: Exchange. Bronstein Variation (C69)  ·  1-0



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Jun-14-04  Hanzo Steel: Mecking's only win in his candidates match against Korchnoi. Was 17. ... exd4 a mistake?
Jun-18-04  Hanzo Steel: After 17. ... Qd7; 18. Qa1, it looks like Black's queenside will crumble. Exchanging the queens with 17. ... Bxd1 looks bad, too. So perhaps there an error earlier? Fischer says of 6. d3, "White has possibilities of breaking on the Q-side ... but Black can probably prevent this expansion." He then suggests 6. d4 instead. Was he wrong? Any thoughts?
Jun-18-04  Swindler: Why doesn't White exchange Bishops on the 16th move, and thus make Black loose his Bishop pair? Ain't that a goal in the Exchange Ruy Lopez?
Jun-18-04  Hanzo Steel: That is normally the goal, if you're trying to exploit Black's doubled pawns, but Mecking traded the advantage of doubled pawns for a strong Q-side attack, which I guess he thought the bishop was well placed for.
Jun-18-04  Swindler: Ah... I see it now, thanks!
Jun-23-06  LivBlockade: 22. ♖a3 is a very nice move also. I wonder how far ahead Mecking saw that, as it's a very critical resource for White.
Oct-05-08  Karpova: Mecking used Capablanca's plan.

Compare Capablanca vs Janowski, 1914 with this game.

Source: Velasco, Gabriel: "Old Wine in New Bottles Part One",

Mar-06-16  cunctatorg: This game should be added to the best games in the Exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez; even Victor Korchnoi himself holds this defeat of him in high esteem!
Mar-06-16  Howard: Too bad for Mecking that it was the only game he was able to win.

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