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Bent Larsen vs Robert James Fischer
"The KIDs are All Right" (game of the day Dec-28-2011)
Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1971), Denver, CO USA, rd 4, Jul-13
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Modern System (E97)  ·  0-1
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Aug-08-13  MTuraga: Larsen's own admission of his loss to Fischer in 1971 match: "Larsen later claimed in a Kasparov.com interview (1998) that his one-sided loss to Fischer was due in part to his condition during the match: "The organizers chose the wrong time for this match. I was languid with the heat and Fischer was better prepared for such exceptional circumstances... I saw chess pieces through a mist and, thus, my level of playing was not good."" <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bent_L...>
Aug-08-13
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  AylerKupp: And, in spite of the match being played in the unfamiliar altitude of Denver during a heat wave, I don't think that there is any truth to the rumor that afterwards Larsen wrote but never published an article titled "The Americans Have Fixed World Chess". :-)
Aug-08-13
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  harrylime: <AylerKupp: And, in spite of the match being played in the unfamiliar altitude of Denver during a heat wave, I don't think that there is any truth to the rumor that afterwards Larsen wrote but never published an article titled "The Americans Have Fixed World Chess". :-)>

It reminds me of the 'sea air' excuse by a chess player who happened to be playing in the middle of Germany .. lol

Aug-08-13
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  harrylime: Fischer whupped Larsen big time..

Fischer was Fischer then and the chess world was unprepared ...

Including Larsen lol

Aug-08-13  cwcarlson: The last few moves were played quickly, and I'll never forget the echo that went through the auditorium when Larsen knocked over his King after 33...Nd2. We were about 25 rows back, but it sounded like a whip snapped right next to us! It wasn't only the games that were memorable.
Aug-08-13
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  perfidious: <MTuraga>: Larsen made the same claim regarding the heat at Denver well before 1998, in an interview with Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, reproduced in the latter's <A Book of Chess>, further commenting that by then, he was learning to play matches and that Fischer had an advantage of only 3-2 in their games prior to this match (presumably not counting the television game Larsen vs Fischer, 1962 or the notorious blitz tilt Fischer vs Larsen, 1966).
Aug-08-13  savagerules: More likely the altitude was the cause of Larsen's play more than the heat. The altitude apparently didn't affect Fischer so Larsen can't whine too much. He got a double-edged game with the Winawer in game 1 then played the Sicilian the next 2 games and got routed easily. He should have stuck with the French. A Fischer-Korchnoi match would have been interesting back then, Korchnoi was very good playing the Winawer and I can't see Fischer playing the Tarrasch to avoid it. Maybe he would have played 2 d3 against Korchnoi's French Defense.
Aug-08-13  talisman: reading Kaspy's book OMGP regarding Fischer...I found it outrageous that he could fond an excuse for every Fischer win during this incredible 19(20) wins in a row. But this one!...I mean don't they have air conditioning in Denver??...I found it also interesting that Karpov was the only one he had anything relly good to say...Go Figure...you think Denver is ever hot... try Louisiana any time.
Aug-08-13
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  TheFocus: I guess any excuse is better than none at all.

I ran into Bent at some big tournament and overheard this same old dull song, so I put my arm around his shoulder, punched him affectionately on the chest, and said, "Man up, dude! Bobby was just too good for you."

Of course, he didn't understand my English and I don't speak his language either.

Foreigners. <Shrugs>

Aug-08-13  parisattack: < TheFocus: I guess any excuse is better than none at all. I ran into Bent at some big tournament and overheard this same old dull song, so I put my arm around his shoulder, punched him affectionately on the chest, and said, "Man up, dude! Bobby was just too good for you."

Of course, he didn't understand my English and I don't speak his language either.

Foreigners. <Shrugs>>

LOL! As I posted elsewhere - "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" and Fischer was just the better player.

After the third game disaster with 11. ...Qc8?! to find anyone at the match who would have bet against a 6-0 score you would have had to give 10:1 odds.

Hope all is well your way <TheFocus>!

Aug-08-13
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  perfidious: <talisman:....you think Denver is ever hot... try Louisiana any time.>

You might say I'm familiar....never been to Denver, but would put most anywhere in the South against it for nasty summers.

Aug-08-13
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  TheFocus: You've heard "Hot as Georgia asphalt."

Walk across the street and slide halfway across through melted tar and asphalt.

Hot enough to warp rails on a railroad track.

Hey, lucky I wen live in Hawaii now! Nevah too hot. Nevah too cold.

Aug-08-13
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  TheFocus: <parisattack> Will e-mail you tomorrow and let you hear the latest news. Almost quitting time.

Steak and wine at Ruth Chris's tonight.

Aug-08-13  parisattack: <perfidious: <talisman:....you think Denver is ever hot... try Louisiana any time.> You might say I'm familiar....never been to Denver, but would put most anywhere in the South against it for nasty summers.>

I've been along 10 through New Orleans in August... THAT is hot! (But the food is to die for is the counterpoint.) Denver rarely gets to mid-high 90s and even when it does, so for only a few hours and its a dry heat. The altitude must have made him play 11. ...Qc8!

< TheFocus: <parisattack> Will e-mail you tomorrow and let you hear the latest news. Almost quitting time. Steak and wine at Ruth Chris's tonight.>

Bon Appetit! I love Ruth's Chris - alas the one here closed some years ago; too many chophouses. Elway's the best if you like to profile and spend money. Two hundred get dinner for two - assuming you like Carlo Rossi by the glass.

Feb-07-14
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  thegoodanarchist: By move 21 all of White's pieces are on the wrong side of the board. The human chess machine then strikes and destroys the Dane....
Aug-01-14
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  thegoodanarchist: Also, <the KIDS are All Right> is not a bad pun, but I prefer "Bent out of shape".
Sep-07-14  Ke2: See Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970

<thegoodanarchanist> Jesus not another "Bent", it's on all his games. Try "Grand Larsen-y" or something.

Mar-10-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <Ke2: See Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970

<thegoodanarchanist> Jesus not another "Bent", it's on all his games. Try "Grand Larsen-y" or something.>

How about Bento Box?

Bent Too Long?

Bent There, Done That?

Come on, I gots to has me another "Bent" pun!

May-27-15  SpiritedReposte: This is a thrashing. A good microcosm of Fischer's candidates/world championship run. Just a juggernaut steamrolling through.
May-27-15
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  diceman: <Come on, I gots to has me another "Bent" pun!>

Fischer bent Bent till he broke.

May-27-15
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  tpstar: "Get Bent"
Dec-26-15
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  typhoonsub: With all due respect to the great Bobby Fischer, perhaps taking advantage of the overloaded bishop on e4 with 29...Qxg2!! gives black an instant win. After 30. Bxg2 Bxd3, White decisively lost material on all lines.
Jan-14-16  DWINS: <typhoonsub>, Although 29...Qxg2+ does win, it's not nearly as strong as Fischer's 29...f3! according to Stockfish 7.

Stockfish 7 gives:
29...f3! (-9.46),
29...Bxe4 30.Qxe4 f3 (-7.70),
29...Qxg2+ (-5.15)

Jun-24-16  Toribio3: It looks like GM Larsen was an amateur at that level of playing against ex-world champion Bobby Fischer; particularly-in this game.
Nov-28-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: This is a famous and familiar game. But even so, Move 30 would make a good puzzle.
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