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Larsen 
 
Bent Larsen
Number of games in database: 2,531
Years covered: 1948 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2415
Highest rating achieved in database: 2625
Overall record: +1107 -565 =779 (61.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      80 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (130) 
    E90 E62 E97 E94 E66
 Sicilian (129) 
    B21 B52 B80 B50 B40
 English (98) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A17
 English, 1 c4 c5 (91) 
    A30 A37 A36 A34 A38
 Uncommon Opening (88) 
    A00 B00
 English, 1 c4 e5 (69) 
    A20 A25 A29 A26 A21
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (320) 
    B30 B27 B39 B38 B56
 Queen's Pawn Game (85) 
    A40 A46 E00 A41 A45
 Sicilian Dragon (70) 
    B39 B38 B35 B36 B34
 Caro-Kann (70) 
    B19 B16 B10 B14 B18
 Reti System (69) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English (68) 
    A10 A15 A17 A14 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 1-0
   Fischer vs Larsen, 1970 0-1
   Larsen vs Geller, 1960 1-0
   Taimanov vs Larsen, 1970 0-1
   Larsen vs A Matanovic, 1965 1-0
   Larsen vs Spassky, 1964 1-0
   Petrosian vs Larsen, 1966 0-1
   Larsen vs Kavalek, 1970 1-0
   Larsen vs Chandler, 1987 1-0
   Larsen vs J Penrose, 1969 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Manila (1973)
   Palma de Mallorca (1967)
   Palma de Mallorca (1969)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Teesside (1972)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979)
   Las Palmas (1972)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Palma de Mallorca (1971)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   IGM Bent Larsen by 64rutor
   Veliki majstori saha 32 BENT LARSEN by Chessdreamer
   my favourite endgames by obrit
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
   "Larsen's Selected Games" by Bent Larsen by OBIT
   Larsen Plays the Larsen by willyfly
   Exchange sacs - 3 by obrit
   Nimzowitsch/Larsen Attack by Raymond Keene by willyfly
   Master of Attack--Best Games of Bent Larsen by Ron
   Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors (4) by AdrianP
   Larsen's Opening P-QN3 by Andrew Soltis by willyfly

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BENT LARSEN
(born Mar-04-1935, died Sep-09-2010, 75 years old) Denmark

[what is this?]
JÝrgen Bent Larsen was born March 4, 1935 in Denmark. At age 19 he became an International Master, and two years later he achieved the grandmaster title. He was Danish Champion on 6 occasions and won the Interzonal 3 times. After the Amsterdam Interzonal (1964) he advanced to the semifinals of the Candidates, where he lost to Mikhail Tal. He again won the Sousse Interzonal (1967), and made the Candidates' semifinals before losing to Boris Spassky, who went on to win the World Championship the next year.

For his tournament achievements during 1967, including first-place finishes in Havana (1967), Winnipeg (1967), Sousse Interzonal (1967) and Palma de Mallorca (1967), he later became the recipient of the inaugural Chess Oscar award. Other tournament victories were Monte Carlo (1968) and Palma de Mallorca (1969). When the USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970) tournament took place, he played top board for the World, scoring 1.5-1.5 against World Champion Spassky.

In 1971 he made the Candidates' semifinals for the third consecutive time. His opponent was his constant rival, Robert James Fischer. The Fischer - Larsen Candidates Match (1971) met in Denver and, to the astonishment of most of the chess world, Larsen was shut out, losing all six match games. After that defeat his position in the world rankings gradually slipped back. He won at Teesside (1972), and achieved another victory at the Biel Interzonal (1976), whereafter in the Candidates appearance at Rotterdam he was defeated by Lajos Portisch. A dangerous tournament player, he won major events as late as in Geneva (1977), Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979) and Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980). Larsen lived his last years in Buenos Aires with his wife, Laura, until his death in 2010. Today the opening move 1. b3, which he occasionally played, is called the Nimzo-Larsen attack after him.

Chessbase eulogy: http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...

Wikipedia article: Bent Larsen


 page 1 of 102; games 1-25 of 2,531  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Larsen vs W Lauridsen 1-024 1948 Hostelbro/HerningC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
2. Larsen vs Laursen 1-052 1950 Holstebro springC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
3. M Barker vs Larsen  1-038 1951 World Junior ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
4. Larsen vs K Blom 1-025 1951 HerningC34 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Larsen vs L Joyner 1-032 1951 Birmingham-jrC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. Larsen vs E Pedersen  ½-½46 1952 Aabybro mB54 Sicilian
7. E Pedersen vs Larsen  1-058 1952 Aabybro mC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
8. E Pedersen vs Larsen  0-140 1952 Aabybro mE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
9. Larsen vs E Pedersen  0-159 1952 Aabybro mA13 English
10. Larsen vs P Ravn 1-035 1952 Herning, mesterklassC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
11. K Darga vs Larsen  1-052 1953 Wch U20 final-AE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
12. J Enevoldsen vs Larsen  0-134 1953 Copenhagen mC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
13. Larsen vs D Keller  1-041 1953 Wch U20 final-AB56 Sicilian
14. F Roessel vs Larsen  0-138 1953 Wch U20 qual-BE41 Nimzo-Indian
15. Larsen vs F Olafsson 0-138 1953 Wch U20 final-AE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
16. Larsen vs J Enevoldsen 0-155 1953 Copenhagen mD85 Grunfeld
17. J Sherwin vs Larsen  1-032 1953 Wch U20 final-AE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
18. Larsen vs J Enevoldsen ½-½59 1953 Copenhagen mE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
19. J Penrose vs Larsen  ½-½39 1953 Wch U20 qual-BE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
20. F Scafarelli vs Larsen  1-041 1953 Wch U20 qual-BA15 English
21. J Enevoldsen vs Larsen  ½-½37 1953 Copenhagen mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
22. H Enevoldsen vs Larsen 0-126 1953 Club MatchD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
23. Larsen vs A Nielsen 1-029 1953 Nordic ChampionshipA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
24. P Saar vs Larsen 0-138 1953 Junior VM,CopenhagenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
25. Larsen vs H Heikkila  1-040 1953 Wch U20 qual-BB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
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May-27-13
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  Eduardo Bermudez: http://www.ajedrezencolombia.com/04...
Jul-29-13  Zugzwangovich: Larsen was a great chess fighter, but from what I've read he'd have to take top honors for the worst record at putting his money where his mouth was. Fischer had a poor record at that, too, but he did ultimately back up his biggest claim--that he'd become world champion.
Jul-29-13
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  WannaBe: <wordfunph: GM Lubosh Kavalek was once told by GM Bent Larsen, "I do not play against the Sicilian Defense because I do know how to win it with black.">

I had to examine it with Opening Reprator, Bent's record facing the Sicilian is very, very respectable!

Not sure why he put himself down with such a comment.

Nov-14-13
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  offramp: When Larsen took part in the Candidates' ending in 1978, 1981 and 1984, he may have thought to himself:

<"If I win these Candidates' and become World Champion, how many people will say I am the best player in the world?">

LOROL!

Jan-01-14  Penguincw: K Quote of the Day K

< "Many people don't understand the role of a second. Their most important function is to bring their player milk and cheese sandwiches." >

-Larsen

Not sure if "milk and cheese sandwiches" are metaphor or not...

Jan-02-14  Penguincw: K Quote of the Day K

< "When I was very young, I overprotected all the time, a la Nimzovitch My System. When I didn't know what to do, I would make an overprotection move, because at least I would have a principle: overprotect the e5 pawn or some such thing. However, I overprotect much less nowadays." >

-Larsen

Ah! Time for Larsen to have his quotes better heard.

So, it's a good thing he doesn't overprotect as much, since that overprotection game is just a composition.

Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927

Jan-02-14
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  thegoodanarchist: < Penguincw: ...Ah! Time for Larsen to have his quotes better heard.>

Indeed! He also is quoted as saying <"The opponent is always very annoying!">, from page 7 of <How to Get Better at Chess> by Evans, Silman and Roberts.

Today's QOTD can be found on page 37 of the same book.

Jan-22-14  Poulsen: "Donít take a premature draw. Never."

-- Larsen

Jan-23-14  SChesshevsky: Larsen used to annotate some games for the USCF magazine back in the mid 70's. Here's his notes to this game

Renato Naranja vs Larsen, 1973

Feb-07-14  Troller: Larsen on Albin's Countergambit:

<"The Romanian master Albin wrote angry letters to chess editors when they did not put his name on this opening, which he had introduced in master practise in Hastings 1895. Luckily it was forgotten that Cavalotti played it in the Italian championship 1881.">

Apr-13-14  Everett: Going over the rounds in the 1979 Interzonal at Riga, Larsen was +5 =5 after 10 rounds for a 7.5/10, but only scored 2.5 over the last seven games, including the disastrous string of three losses in rounds 11-13.

Tal destroyed the field with a 14/17 score, +11 =6.

Apr-30-14
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  Rookiepawn: There is a game in which Larsen plays White, and he advances the two rook pawns (a and h) up to 6th rank, winning in that characteristic crazy style of his.

I can't recall, but I am pretty sure about that game. Does anybody know it?

Apr-30-14
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  TheFocus: Larsen once said something about writing a book about the move "h4."
May-14-14  hedgeh0g: <Many people don't understand the role of a second. Their most important function is to bring their player milk and cheese sandwiches.>

Not sure I'd ever ask for a milk and cheese sandwich, let alone pay somebody to make me one...

May-14-14  johnfrasmussen: <There is a game in which Larsen plays White, and he advances the two rook pawns (a and h) up to 6th rank, winning in that characteristic crazy style of his. I can't recall, but I am pretty sure about that game. Does anybody know it?>

It was Larsen-Gligoric, Vinkovci, 1970

May-14-14
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  whiteshark: Here you are: Larsen vs Gligoric, 1970
May-19-14
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  Rookiepawn: <johnfrasmussen> and <whiteshark> many thanks!
Oct-27-14  Owl: I'm looking for a Larsen game where Larsen sac his queen. Its a clean sac I think he was black in the (not for sure). The sac was a decoy sac. He puts his queen on the side of the board.

I look at all these two game collection and couldn't find it

-- Master of Attack--Best Games of Bent Larsen by Ron

-- "Larsen's Selected Games" by Bent Larsen by OBIT

Oct-27-14
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  Sally Simpson: I don't either of the two books on hand so cannot check if it's in either. Going only by what you say.

Ivkov vs Larsen, 1965

Oct-28-14  Owl: I found surprisingly it was game 93 under the game collection Veliki majstori saha 32 BENT LARSEN by Chessdreamer
I Jelen vs Larsen, 1977

Such a good game it should be on his top ten

Under the game collection:
The Great Powers Of The King: Compiled by Tigranny
It was entitled "Larsen's second immortal"

I went through two game collection and couldn't find it. (The two I mentioned earlier in my post)Thx for the help

Nov-05-14  ALwoodpusher: I'm looking for an odd game (seen published only once-can't remember the book) from Larsen with Black where he played a pawn formation f5-e5-d5-c5 against a Reti kind of white setup. Thx!
Nov-05-14
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  moronovich: I think he played it (as Black) against
Pomar <ALwoodpusher>.

And if you like Larsens oddities,you could go through the one vs Jelen that <Owl> has just posted.

Nov-06-14  Chessdreamer: <ALwoodpusher> here you are

Pomar vs. Larsen, Spain 1975:

1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 d5 3.f3 c5 4.e4 e5 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bxd7+ Nxd7 7.Nxd5 cxd4 8.Ne2 fxe4 9.fxe4 Ngf6 10.Bg5 Qa5+ 11.Bd2 Qc5 12.Nxf6+ Nxf6 13.Ng3 h5 14.Qf3 h4 15.Ne2 Qxc2 16.Qf5 Qxe4 17.Qe6+ Be7 18.Bb4 Nd5 19.Bxe7 Nf4 20.Qc4 Kxe7 0-1

(presently not included in this database).

Nov-06-14  diceman: <Poulsen:

"Donít take a premature draw. Never."
-- Larsen>

...premature reconciliation.

Nov-13-14  ALwoodpusher: <Chessdreamer> Much obliged! Thx again!
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