Chess tournament: The chairs and Mequinho

Antonio Ventura Gude

Artículo escrito por: Antonio Ventura Gude , publicado: Friday, July 15th, 2016
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Chess tournament: A chair to “Mequinho”…

In the 60s (1960), the chess world was touched with the rising of a new prodigy: The Brazilian Henrique da Costa Mecking, alias ‘Mequinho’, who won the chess tournament in his country when he was thirteen years old. He was classified to the Interzonal of Sousse (1967) and Palma de Mallorca (1970).

After winning the Petrópolis (1973), he reached a place for the cycle of candidates, where he was eliminated by Korchnoi.

During that time, Mecking was among the best ten players in the world and he became very popular in Brazil, just like the stars of the bossa nova.

The young divo attended to Las Palmas to dispute a competitive international chess tournament. The director of the chess tournament was the experienced master and ex-champion from Spain, Antonio Medina.

The problem posed to the organizers was that the phenomenon Mecking was very exigent about his chair. Medina requested nothing less than twelve different chair models, to ease the prodigy’s choice. After having examined them all, Mequinho, shaking his head with a clear ‘No’, said he was not satisfied with any of them. Medina, who had thousands of miles and plays upon his shoulders, asked everyone to leave him alone with the big chess player.

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“I understand you”, Medina said to him. “Now I know what you want.”

Mecking smiled. Medina brought a new chair in which, with a happy face, sat the Brazilian master. Expressing that this one was confortable. Hence, the incident was resolved, thanks to the experience and cunningness of Medina. The chair in question was the first that was shown to the young genius.


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