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  1. Subscriber vandervelde
    medieval punk rocker
    12 Nov '17 03:53
    In Round 1 of I edition of DUCHAMP in Rio, he won in a miniature with black pieces.

  2. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    15 Nov '17 15:03 / 7 edits
    Originally posted by @vandervelde
    In Round 1 of I edition of DUCHAMP in Rio, he won in a miniature with black pieces.

    [pgn]
    1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. Nf3 d6 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nbd7 {Three most often roads here are 7. ...Qb6, 7. ...Be7 and Polugaevskiy's excess 7. ...b5. This move may have independent value, though.} 8. Qf3 Qc7 9. O-O-O b5 {Now Black could have more t ...[text shortened]... Nxb5 Qb8 14. Qc3 Ne4 15. Qd4 d5 16. b4 Bc6 17. Nd6+ Nxd6 18. exd6 Bxd6 {White resigned.}
    [/pgn]
    What was the rating of the opponent? Meck has a respectable rating (even though Kas says anyone in that rating area are 'enthusiastic amateurs' of 2602.

    Now if his opponent was say, expert, 2180 or so, the result would be natural.

    Ah, found it. His opponent was Baeta, M, rating under 2000. I rest my case.

    His rating is 1998, what is that in FIDE terms? I don't think even in the USCF under 2K is not expert, but class A, another 2 points of course, at least in the USCF and he would bump up to expert. But still, even if he was high expert, 2199 he would clearly not be a challenge for someone 400+
    points higher, well in this case 604 points higher. Not exactly an even match. Like me playing a 1200 player, no worse, me playing a 900. (I am 1750 USCF), not exactly a screamer for sure but I clean up on the average player

    They are up to round 5 and Meck could only get a draw against someone not even 2300.
    Larrea, M, rated 2290 which is his highest rated opponent up to round 5, the rest, much lower. Not 1 player against him even at the 2400 level.
  3. Subscriber vandervelde
    medieval punk rocker
    15 Nov '17 15:40
    Composition of tournament is like Bay open in 1963 when Fischer won (almost) all games - very "mixed". One could say according the moves of White that he/she is under-expert level.

    Other Mecking's opponents weren't extra-class either.

    But it is funny that there is
    Borges
    and
    Nascimento Pedro that take part...
  4. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    15 Nov '17 18:53 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by @vandervelde
    Composition of tournament is like Bay open in 1963 when Fischer won (almost) all games - very "mixed". One could say according the moves of White that he/she is under-expert level.

    Other Mecking's opponents weren't extra-class either.

    But it is funny that there is
    Borges
    and
    Nascimento Pedro that take part...
    Well, we have to cut him SOME slack, he is 65 or so. GM at 20 not bad.
  5. Subscriber vandervelde
    medieval punk rocker
    15 Nov '17 22:48
    In 6th round Mecking played Dutch defense for the first time in his life! Again against an expert with 1900-and-something rating.



    A coffee shop game.
  6. 16 Nov '17 01:47
    Originally posted by @sonhouse
    Well, we have to cut him SOME slack, he is 65 or so. GM at 20 not bad.
    Winning two consecutive interzonals is an amazing feat
  7. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    16 Nov '17 14:17
    Originally posted by @tonytiger41
    Winning two consecutive interzonals is an amazing feat
    Does that mean he played two world champion matches? If so, who were his opponents?
  8. Subscriber vandervelde
    medieval punk rocker
    16 Nov '17 17:53
    Hahahahaha sonhouse is playing dum just for fun.

    Mecking was considered hidden favorite in both candidates' matches 1974 and 1977, but he was eilminated in 1st round by Korchnoi and Polugavskiy, respectively.

    Korchnoi wrote 1977 in his autobiogaphy that Mecking outplayed him but that Brazilian had weaker seconds.

    Three years later Mecking again created better positions in one game after another against Poluagevskiy but usually ruined positions in 5th hour.

    I liked Mecking's repertoire at the time, he coppycatted Fischer and was only one who dared play Ben Oni at such stage of WC-cycle, whilst other played boring Catalans and QIDs. He had almost won position against Polugaevskiy in Ben Oni game...

    In Amsterdam tournament 1978 Mecking played exclusively Fischer's repertoire.
  9. Subscriber vandervelde
    medieval punk rocker
    19 Nov '17 00:51
    So he won the tournament...I think.

    He did change his repertoire and he is now a 1.d4-guy.
    Like old Bagirov.

    In 9th round he played and won against his Ben-Oni.
    Not the same man any more.