In this article, we are going to present another player who is perhaps less known to the wide public, but was one of the best players of his time. Henrique Mecking was born in Brazil in 1952 and was considered a prodigy child, is often compared to the famous Bobby Fischer. He won his first national title at the age of 13 and achieved the title of International Master at 15. This made him the first youngest International Master in history.
Mecking achieved the Grandmaster title in 1972 and qualified for the Candidates Tournament twice – in 1973, after winning the Petropilos Interzonal, and in 1976, after winning the Manila Interzonal. However, he never became World Championship, being eliminated both times in the quarterfinals, by Kortchnoj and Polugaevsky respectively. In 1977 he was ranked third in the World, behind Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Kortchnoj.