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Mequinho Gender: M
Mecking, Henrique da Costa
born on 23 January 1952 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )
Place Santa Cruz do Sul (Rio Grande do Sul), Brazil, 29s4303, 52w2533
Timezone BZDT h2w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Borges
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 02°46' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 19°04 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 25°46'

Mequinho (1978)


Brazilian chess grandmaster, the first Brazilian to obtain the title of Great International Master in 1971. Under the guidance of his mother Maria, Mequinho learned to play chess when he was only five years old. By the time he was nine, he was regularly competing, and he became the Brazilian champion in 1965 at age 13. Two years later he took the South American championship.

Always in poor health and an avowed misanthrope, his career has been periodically interrupted as a result. His fragile physical state caused him to quit playing for 12 years from 1979-1991, when he made his much-awaited comeback. Unfortunately he has never achieved the same level of play that he did in 1977, the high point in his career.

Mequinho is the subject of two biographies, Stephen Gordon’s "Henrique Mecking: Latin Chess Genius," 1995, and Rubens Alberto Filguth’s "Mequinho, the Profile of a Genius," 1983.


  • Work : Prize 1965 (Brazilian chess champion, age 13)
  • Work : Prize 1967 (So. American championship)
  • Work : Prize 1971 (Great International Master, chess)
  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 1979 (Quit playing due to poor health, 12 years)
  • Work : Gain social status 1983 (Biography written about him)
  • Work : Gain social status 1995 (Biography written about him)

Source Notes

Marcello Borges quotes RV for B.C. data


  • Traits : Body : Constitution sensitive (Poor health)
  • Traits : Mind : Child prodigy (Chess)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Loss of job (12 years due to poor health)
  • Vocation : Sports : Games - Bridge/ Chess/ Other (Chess master)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Numerous)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Chess Grandmaster)