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Henrique Mecking
Number of games in database: 484
Years covered: 1964 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2553 (2600 rapid, 2589 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2635

Overall record: +166 -75 =236 (59.5%)*
   * 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 (32) 
    B67 B81 B44 B83 B90
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C69 C67 C92 C93 C78
 King's Indian (24) 
    E81 E93 E97 E64 E92
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E41 E56 E45 E46 E53
 Modern Benoni (17) 
    A70 A56 A58 A61 A79
 French Defense (13) 
    C18 C16 C11 C05 C14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (56) 
    B96 B92 B90 B48 B52
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    B96 B92 B90 B99 B93
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C98 C96 C92 C91 C99
 King's Indian (20) 
    E97 E60 E80 E66 E76
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (20) 
    C98 C96 C91 C92 C99
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E17 E14 E12 E19 E15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Mecking vs A C Rocha, 1969 1-0
   L A Tan vs Mecking, 1976 0-1
   M Mrdja vs Mecking, 2006 0-1
   Mecking vs L A Tan, 1973 1-0
   Najdorf vs Mecking, 1978 1/2-1/2
   Mecking vs Tal, 1975 1-0
   Smyslov vs Mecking, 1973 0-1
   Mecking vs Korchnoi, 1974 1-0
   Mecking vs S Mareco, 2011 1-0
   Mecking vs Korchnoi, 1967 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Bazna Kings Tournament (2007)
   Hastings 1966/67 (1966)
   Palma de Mallorca (1969)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Bazna King's Tournament (2008)
   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
   Henrique Mecking (Gordon) by Chessdreamer
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1971 by suenteus po 147
   San Antonio 1972 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1971/72 by suenteus po 147
   San Antonio 1972 by JoseTigranTalFischer

   🏆 LXXXIV Campeonato Brasileiro Absoluto
   K Mekhitarian vs Mecking (Feb-11-18) 1-0
   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

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(born Jan-23-1952, 68 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 ½-½251964Porto AlegreC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
2. Mecking vs J Vilela 1-0501965BRA-ch sfA95 Dutch, Stonewall
3. Mecking vs N Silveira ½-½351965BRA-ch sfC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
4. Mecking vs E Stenzel ½-½381965BRA-ch sfC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
5. Mecking vs A M Vieira  1-0361965BRA-ch sfB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
6. Mecking vs C Peixoto  1-0321965BRA-ch sfB41 Sicilian, Kan
7. Mecking vs M De Freitas  ½-½321965BRA-ch 32ndC58 Two Knights
8. Mecking vs E Cotta 1-0381965BRA-ch 32ndA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
9. Mecking vs M Miranda ½-½471965BRA-ch 32ndE46 Nimzo-Indian
10. Mecking vs F Alves 1-0341965BRA-ch 32ndE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
11. Mecking vs B Moreira 1-0411965BRA-ch 32ndE81 King's Indian, Samisch
12. Mecking vs L T Da Silva 1-0511965BRA-ch 32ndA61 Benoni
13. Mecking vs J de Souza Mendes 0-1601965BRA-ch 32ndB06 Robatsch
14. Mecking vs G W Fonrobert  1-0581966Sao Paulo CXSP-chE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
15. Mecking vs M Fischman 1-0241966Sao Paulo CXSP-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
16. Mecking vs J de Souza Mendes 1-0281966Sao Paulo CXSP-chB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
17. Mecking vs S Ammar ½-½531966Sao Paulo CXSP-chD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
18. Mecking vs Panno 1-0511966Buenos Aires / Rio Hondo ZonalE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
19. Mecking vs J L Carmona Rosales 1-0281966Buenos Aires / Rio Hondo ZonalD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. R Garcia vs Mecking 0-1591966Buenos Aires / Rio Hondo ZonalE97 King's Indian
21. Mecking vs Foguelman 1-0671966Buenos Aires / Rio Hondo ZonalC18 French, Winawer
22. Mecking vs J L Alvarez del Monte 1-0221966Buenos Aires / Rio Hondo ZonalE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
23. S Schweber vs Mecking  1-0391966Buenos Aires / Rio Hondo ZonalA15 English
24. Mecking vs J A Rubinetti  1-0441966Buenos Aires / Rio Hondo ZonalE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. Mecking vs O Quinones Carrillo  ½-½661966Buenos Aires / Rio Hondo ZonalE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
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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
Apr-05-14  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:

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  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.

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  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 :)

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  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:

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.’

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.
Jan-23-18  arbivara: It has been announced that birthday boy (66 today) will be playing his 4th Brazilian championship next February:
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  diagonal: Great news!

Henrique Mecking (*1952) won his first national Championship of Brazil at age of 13 yrs 5mth in 1965 (and triumphed also in 1967):

The Brazilian Chess Championship in his final stage was played in a knock-out format; Henrique Mecking lost his semi-final to GM Krikor Mekhitarian (born to a Brazilian mother and a Lebanese father, both of Armenian descent, and National Champion in 2012).

Alexander Fier, a reputed and popular player at international Open Chess Festivals, then won that final above Mekhitarian convincingly, and is the Brazilian Champion of the year 2017 (crowned in 2018).

LXXXIV Campeonato Brasileiro Absoluto 2017, held from 2018/02/06 to 2018/02/15: (Result matrix) (Starting list)

If Mecking wins the national title again for one of the next years, Mecking would realise the longest period between the first and the last national champion title, a record currently held by Viktor Korchnoi with an incredible 51-year span, from 1960 USSR-ch (outright) to 2011 Switzerland-ch (winning in speed play-off vs. GM Gallagher).

Feb-21-18  Marmot PFL: Glad Mecking is still alive and playing. Whenever I see the name of an older GM (esp one with his medical issues) I fear the worst.
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  MissScarlett: What happened in 1965 is not news, great or otherwise. What might happen in future is also not news.
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  whiteshark: <Marmot PFL> Me, too.
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  Richard Taylor: Just playing over some of the games from a book (short) by Byrne of his games and those of the other contenders for the World Champs which Karpov won. One of the matches is between Korchnoi and Mecking.

Mecking played some good games and interesting also even today. Got some good if not always winning positions and then let himself down in the endings or with some ill-considered move.

But the games are interesting and Mecking did well. I wondered what had happened to him. Came here and I seem to recall he got ill.

That is sad for him that he got so ill. He recovered somewhat (or completely?) but didn't maintain his high ranking.

But it is good to see he is still alive and it seems still at least occasionally playing in tournaments etc.

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