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Bent Larsen vs Miguel Najdorf
"The End is Najdorf" (game of the day Dec-04-2008)
Chess Olympiad Final-A (1968), Lugano SUI, rd 2, Oct-26
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: English Variation (A01)  ·  0-1


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  Once: Let's not feed the trolls.
Dec-04-08  YoungEd: After 12 moves or so, White had what at least superficially looks like an ideal Bird's-type setup. Najdorf showed the weak point of the system with the c4 push, which pretty much bottled up White on the Q-side. Nice game throughout by Black!
Dec-04-08  BISHOP TAL: Bent Larsen was a very good player that deserves respect.He probably continues to play cuase he loves the game like V.K. he is past his prime he was never was a threat to the russian supmecey he wasnt that good only Fischer was.Fischer over Spassky by about 2-1 fischer over petrosain by about 2-1 fischer over Larsen 6-0 speaks for itself. Fischer quit too early people dislike him for it Larsen continues play seemly past his prime and is disliked by some for it. Moral of the story play till u want no-matter what anybody thinks if your a loser and your enjoying the game your still a winner. If sombody got that in Bobbys head so it stuck we prolly would have been blessed with many more fine games by him
Dec-04-08  smitten: <BISHOP TAL>, I'd appreciate if you will use more commas in your sentence. It's quite hard to read! :(
Dec-04-08  AnalyzeThis: Larsen must have been low on time to allow checkmate.
Dec-05-08  ILikeFruits: p...
Dec-05-08  AnalyzeThis: <amateur05: After looking at Larsen's recent disastrous performance in Argentina I get the impression that he's an annoyingly weak player who sometimes (very rarely) likes to surprise others and himself. How did he become a GM anyway? >

You sort of get to be a GM when you're one of the top 5 players in the world, play board 1 in the USSR vs. World match and win, and win a host of tournaments.

Larsen did all this in the 60's and 70's.

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  whiteshark: Unbelievably this outstanding game was Najdorf's only win in Lugano!
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  Fusilli: <sagahelten> <In the sixties Larsen was one of the top western GMs> ... <When his dream about becoming a World Champion was shattered by Fischer, he seemed to become somewhat less ambitious.>

I agree with the first point. The second one, I'm not so sure. Larsen always had enormous fighting spirit. And he still does (his disastrous performance in his last tournament in Argentina does not disprove this.) His peak was in the sixties and early seventies, but still as late as 1979 he won Buenos Aires' Clarin tournament with +9 =4 -0 beating Andersson, Ivkov, Quinteros, Rubinetti, Petrosian, Spassky, Tempone, Panno and Franco. His shortest draw was in 40 moves. Those of us following the tournament in Buenos Aires in 1979 loved him for this and the fantastic play he delivered, and remember him for that. Next year he won the tournament again (+8 =3 -2) beating Najdorf, Hort, Panno, Balashov, Kavalek, F.Olaffson, Browne and Giardelli

Dec-06-08  I Like Fish: <I Like Fish: p...e...t...a...>

People ...
Eating ...
Tasty ...
Animals ...

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  Fusilli: <ILikeFruits> and <I Like Fish> Huh? I don't follow. But maybe there's nothing to follow. I hope I am not disturbing your dialogue with yourself, but if you are trying to say something for the rest of us, maybe you can try again...?
Dec-07-08  I Like Fish: <Fuzzilli>

That ...
Will Make ...
Your Head ...
Explode ...

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  Fusilli: <I Like Fish> No, no, really, my head won't explode. Go ahead and explain. I'm all ears.

Dec-09-08  ILikeFruits: hello...
i like...
a fish...
i have gills...
but i cannot...
so i do...
Dec-09-08  I Like Fish: <<Fuzzilli> Go, headless, and explain. I'm all ears.>


That ...
Will Make ...
My Head ...
Explode ...

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  Fusilli: Hey, change my username if you want, but don't misquote me. I didn't call you "headless"! Anyway...

you make...
no sense...
but are...
kinda funny...
in a very...
weird way...

Feb-15-09  kamalakanta: Yeah, I guess Larsen was not that great a player....after all, this win over Fischer

Fischer vs Larsen, 1970

any one of us could have done. Sure. Yeah, I remember how in 1967 he DOMINATED the chess world with incredible results everywhere.

I believe he had the talent to be World Champion. But sometimes nerves come into play. After all, the game is played by men, not by computers, and that is part of the beauty of chess.

May-14-09  WhiteRook48: <amateur05> Larsen did not get himself mated on purpose.
Jan-08-11  Llawdogg: Wow! A double rook sacrifice leading to sort of a smothered mate. Fantastic! And what a good sport to play it out to checkmate. Very nice.
Apr-13-12  wordfunph: "In those years Larsen's handling of this opening spread terror among western players. When facing Soviet opponents, he avoided it."

- GM Miguel Najdorf (on Larsen's 1.b3)

Apr-13-12  bwarnock: <kamalakanta: Yeah, I guess Larsen was not that great a player....after all, this win over Fischer> ...

I agree - Larsen at his best was a truly great player - very original, very strong - beating World Champions etc. From the early 60's to the early 70's he was a serious threat to the Soviet domination of international chess.

At his worst he would push positions past the breaking point playing for a win when it just wasn't there ... leading to sometimes embarassing losses against weaker players.

Still what one remembers are the impressive wins against Karpov, Petrosian, Fischer etc.


Apr-13-12  King Death: < sagahelten: In the sixties Larsen was one of the top western GMs (with Fischer), one of the only who could threaten the Russian supremacy in chess. Now he is an old man, and he should have stopped playing some time ago...>

Who can say if a player <should> or <shouldn't> do something that they enjoy? How would you like to be told that "you're such and such age, we're putting you out to pasture"?

Apr-15-14  Rookiepawn: If Larsen is "an annoying weak player" then I suppose amateur05 is Kasparov or something like that...
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  perfidious: <Rookiepawn> More likely a step or so above Garik, one would think, though not quite on a level with modern computers.
May-07-16  mcgee: "Najdorf once said I was a gentleman because I let him checkmate me" - Larsen, BBC Master Game 1978-9, just prior to checkmating Donner
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