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Ossip Bernstein vs Bent Larsen
Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-B (1954), Amsterdam NED, rd 8, Sep-20
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations (B50)  ·  0-1


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Feb-09-05  WhoKeres: A fascinating clash of generations! Amazingly, Bernstein and Larsen played twice at the Amsterdam Olympiad in 1954. In this game, Dr. Bernstein forgot about development and Larsen just crushed him.
Mar-19-05  Ingolf: When playing 10.Qe3, Bernstein had expected to trap the black knight after 11.-Nxa2 12.Ra1. However, the pin turns out to be an illusion, since 12.-Nb4 threatens Nc2#. According to Larsen's "50 selected games", Bernstien pondered the situation after 11.-Nxa2 for quite a long time. "Suddenly Bernstein raised his large head and looked at me: 'Sehr schön gespielt!'"
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  Tabanus: According to Larsen (50 Memorable Games), his first win over a GM.
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  sfm: <Ingolf: According to Larsen's "50 selected games"> I remember that comment. If I am not wrong he added: "Those who'd have said that the bishop on g4 was pointing into thin air must admit that the thin air around the opponents king can be quite significant!"
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  wordfunph: "I remember that somebody said to me before the game: 'Young man, it must be interesting for you to play against Bernstein, who already in 1907 made up his mind to withdraw from chess!'"

- GM Bent Larsen

Source: Bent Larsen's Best Games of Chess - Master of Counter Attack by Bent Larsen

Aug-18-12  twinlark: I remember reading all this from Larsen's memoir many years ago. Interesting that everyone else does also!
Jul-19-13  Poulsen: After 11.-,Nxa2 Bernstein went into a long thought - Larsen went to look at the other games - and upon returning the old master looked up and said: "Gut gespielt". Then he continued thinking for a long time.

The point is, that black does not lose his piece - on 12.Ra1 black simply plays 12.-,Nb4, which threatens mate. So black wins the pawn.

Sep-08-14  notyetagm: O Bernstein vs Larsen, 1954

Larsen's first win over a GM.

Oct-14-14  The17thPawn: 10. Qd3 would have avoided the following debacle. 19. h3 seems to offer more resistance than the text.
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