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Bent Larsen
Number of games in database: 2,525
Years covered: 1948 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2415
Highest rating achieved in database: 2625
Overall record: +1105 -563 =777 (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.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (129) 
    E90 E62 E97 E66 E94
 Sicilian (129) 
    B21 B52 B80 B50 B40
 English (102) 
    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 (67) 
    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?]
   Palma de Mallorca (1969)
   Palma de Mallorca (1967)
   Teesside (1972)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Manila (1973)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   Las Palmas (1972)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Palma de Mallorca (1971)

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

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

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Jørgen 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.

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 page 1 of 101; games 1-25 of 2,525  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. Larsen vs K Blom 1-025 1951 HerningC34 King's Gambit Accepted
4. M Barker vs Larsen  1-038 1951 World Junior ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
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. Larsen vs J Herbin 1-028 1953 Wch U20 qual-BC05 French, Tarrasch
12. V Nielsen vs Larsen 0-140 1953 DEN-chC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
13. K Darga vs Larsen  1-052 1953 Wch U20 final-AE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
14. J Enevoldsen vs Larsen  0-134 1953 Copenhagen mC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
15. Larsen vs D Keller  1-041 1953 Wch U20 final-AB56 Sicilian
16. Larsen vs F Olafsson 0-138 1953 Wch U20 final-AE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
17. Larsen vs J Enevoldsen 0-155 1953 Copenhagen mD85 Grunfeld
18. B Petri vs Larsen 0-138 1953 Junior VM,CopenhagenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
19. F Roessel vs Larsen  0-138 1953 Wch U20 qual-BE41 Nimzo-Indian
20. J Sherwin vs Larsen  1-032 1953 Wch U20 final-AE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
21. Larsen vs J Enevoldsen ½-½59 1953 Copenhagen mA04 Reti Opening
22. F Scafarelli vs Larsen  1-041 1953 Wch U20 qual-BA15 English
23. J Penrose vs Larsen  ½-½39 1953 Wch U20 qual-BE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
24. J Enevoldsen vs Larsen  ½-½37 1953 Copenhagen mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
25. Larsen vs J Penrose 1-023 1953 Junior VM, CopenhageC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
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Mar-26-15  TheFocus: <He played with enormous energy and great fighting spirit. Offering him a draw was a waste of time. He would decline it politely, but firmly. "No, thank you," he would say and the fight would go on and on and on> - Lubomir Kavalek on Bent Larsen.
Mar-26-15  TheFocus: <A draw may be the beautiful and logical result of fine attacks and parries; and the public ought to appreciate such games, in contrast, of course, to the fear-and-laziness draws> - Bent Larsen.
Apr-08-15  Poulsen: <Lt.Surena><Very funny:-) Larsen complained as to why he was put in the so-called stronger group (with Karpov etc) in the 1973 Interzonals. That's a fighting spirit. LoL !!!>

Not very accurate - yes, he was complaining, but not for himself - but over the fact that there arguable was a significant difference in strenght between Leningrad Interzonal (1973) - and Petropolis Interzonal (1973).

Of the top 10 players on the january 1973 rating list 4 participated in Leningrad - and 2 in Petropolis. Also 3 of the 4 in Leningrad was higher rated and generally considered stronger than the 2 in Petropolis. Remember they were playing for 3 slots in the finals at each tournament.

Larsen did have a point, I think. Despite this he fought hard - and was leading at round 5 I think, but went into a bad period and ended up at 6th place - 2½ points away from a qualifying score. Not bad, but also not good enough.

May-02-15  TheFocus: <Chess is a beautiful mistress> - Larsen, Bent.
May-02-15  TheFocus: <For me, chess is at the same time a game, a sport, a science and an art. And perhaps even more than that. There is something hard to explain to those who do not know the game well. One must first learn to play it correctly in order to savor it's richness> - Larsen, Bent.
May-02-15  TheFocus: <Chess is my profession. I am my own boss; I am free. I like literature and music, classical especially. I am in fact quite normal; I have a Bohemian profession without being myself a Bohemian. I am neither a conformist nor a great revolutionary> - Larsen, Bent.
May-09-15  TheFocus: <A draw may be the beautiful and logical result of fine attacks and parties; and the public ought to appreciate such games, in contrast, of course, to the fear-and-laziness draws> - Bent Larsen.
May-09-15  TheFocus: <A gambit never becomes sheer routine as long as you fear you may lose the king and pawn ending!> - Bent Larsen.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <A chess player never has a heart attack in a good position> - Bent Larsen.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <Lack of patience is probably the most common reason for losing a game, or drawing games that should have been won> - Bent Larsen.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <All chess masters have on occasion played a magnificent game and then lost it by a stupid mistake, perhaps in time pressure and it may perhaps seem unjust that all their beautiful ideas get no other recognition than a zero on the tournament table> - Bent Larsen.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <In my opinion the Open variation is absolutely correct - and more interesting than the Closed> - Bent Larsen, speaking of the Ruy Lopez.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <Play the open variation of the Ruy is my advice to all ordinary club players, and I recently even wrote a book about it, seen from Black's point of view. Why does everybody try to copy the grandmasters' strange positional maneuvers in the 5. … B-K2 variation, instead of fighting for the in intiative?> - Bent Larsen.
May-11-15  TheFocus: <Had I not played the Sicilian with Black I could have saved myself the trouble of studying for more than 20 years all the more popular lines of this opening, which comprise probably more than 25 percent of all published opening theory!> - Bent Larsen.
May-11-15  TheFocus: <Among top grandmasters the Dutch is a rare defense, which is good reason to play it! It has not been studied very deeply by many opponents, and theory, based on a small number of 'reliable' games, must be rather unreliable> - Bent Larsen.
May-15-15  TheFocus: <I often play a move I know how to refute> - Bent Larsen.
May-15-15  TheFocus: <One charming characteristic of many flank attacks I could mention is that they do not very often lead to simplification: if the attack is parried, there usually are still opportunities left for initiating action in another sector> - Bent Larsen.
May-16-15  TheFocus: <The stomach is an essential part of the chess master> - Bent Larsen.
May-17-15  TheFocus: <Most of all I like "bad" lines, that is those considered bad, in my opinion unjustly, by theory. The reason for the last quotation marks is that most so-called theory is only a collection of examples from master practice>- Bent Larsen.
May-19-15  TheFocus: <Larsen is one of the great players against whom it is impossible to make any kind of preparation. He plays sharply in any variation> - Miguel Najdorf.
May-23-15  TheFocus: <You can tell a chessplayer is maturing when he starts changing his openings> - Bent Larsen.
May-24-15  TheFocus: <For me chess is at the same time a game, a sport, a science and an art. And perhaps even more than that. This is something hard to explain to those who do not play the game well. One must learn to play it correctly to savor its richness> - Bent Larsen.
May-25-15  TheFocus: <...Nimzovich became then for me more or less the author of the only book which could help me get away from these Euwe books, which, I admit, are very good for the ordinary club player. But once you've reached a certain strength you get the impression that everything that Euwe writes is a lie> - Bent Larsen.
May-25-15  TheFocus: <Lack of patience is probably the most common reason for losing a game, or drawing a game that should have been won> - Bent Larsen.
May-26-15  TheFocus: <I refused to believe that Black was lost. Looking at the position, I felt there must be a defense, and looking at the previous play, I liked all of Black’s moves! Not trying to find a defense for Black would have meant admitting that something was wrong with my concept of chess strategy> - Bent Larsen.
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