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Bent Larsen
Number of games in database: 2,529
Years covered: 1948 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2415
Highest rating achieved in database: 2660

Overall record: +1110 -560 =779 (61.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 80 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (131) 
    E90 E66 E62 E97 E94
 Sicilian (122) 
    B21 B52 B80 B30 B83
 English (110) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A17
 English, 1 c4 c5 (91) 
    A30 A36 A37 A34 A38
 Uncommon Opening (90) 
    A00 B00
 Reti System (67) 
    A04 A05 A06
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (315) 
    B32 B27 B30 B39 B56
 Queen's Pawn Game (83) 
    E00 A40 A46 A41 A45
 English (73) 
    A10 A15 A17 A14 A16
 Queen's Indian (66) 
    E16 E15 E12 E14 E17
 Nimzo Indian (66) 
    E54 E56 E46 E47 E39
 Caro-Kann (66) 
    B18 B16 B10 B14 B17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 1-0
   Larsen vs Geller, 1960 1-0
   Fischer vs Larsen, 1970 0-1
   Taimanov vs Larsen, 1970 0-1
   Petrosian vs Larsen, 1966 0-1
   Larsen vs Spassky, 1964 1-0
   Larsen vs Kavalek, 1970 1-0
   Larsen vs A Matanovic, 1965 1-0
   Larsen vs Ivkov, 1967 1-0
   Larsen vs Chandler, 1987 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Palma de Mallorca (1967)
   Palma de Mallorca (1969)
   Monte Carlo (1968)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Manila (1973)
   Teesside (1972)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979)
   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
   Best Games (Larsen) by Qindarka
   Veliki majstori saha 32 BENT LARSEN (Marovic) by Chessdreamer
   Move by Move - Larsen (Lakdawala) by Qindarka
   Move by Move - Larsen (Lakdawala) by Parmenides1963
   my favourite endgames by obrit
   "Larsen's Selected Games" by Bent Larsen by brucemubayiwa
   "Larsen's Selected Games" by Bent Larsen by JoseTigranTalFischer
   "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
   Nimzowitsch/Larsen Attack by Raymond Keene by iamlam
   Keres, Nei - 4 x 25 by Chessdreamer

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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. Larsen was Danish Champion on six occasions and won the Interzonal three 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), Larsen 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, Larsen made the Candidates' semifinals for the third consecutive time. His opponent was his constant rival, Robert James Fischer. The Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (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 formidable tournament player, Larsen won major events as late as 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 Larsen's Opening after him (or sometimes the Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack, referring to both Aron Nimzowitsch and Larsen.

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Wikipedia article: Bent Larsen

Last updated: 2017-11-07 00:35:44

 page 1 of 102; games 1-25 of 2,529  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Larsen vs W Lauridsen 1-0241948Holstebro/HerningC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
2. Larsen vs Laursen 1-0521950Holstebro springC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
3. Larsen vs K Blom 1-0251951HerningC34 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Larsen vs L Joyner 1-0321951Birmingham-jrC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. M Barker vs Larsen  1-0381951World Junior ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
6. Eigil Pedersen vs Larsen 1-0581952Aabybro mC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
7. Eigil Pedersen vs Larsen  0-1401952Aabybro mE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
8. Larsen vs Eigil Pedersen  0-1591952Aabybro mA13 English
9. Larsen vs P Ravn 1-0351952Herning, mesterklassC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
10. Larsen vs Eigil Pedersen  ½-½461952Aabybro mB54 Sicilian
11. C Poulsen vs Larsen 1-0261953DEN-chE10 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Larsen vs J Enevoldsen ½-½591953Copenhagen mA04 Reti Opening
13. J Enevoldsen vs Larsen  ½-½351953Copenhagen mC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. H Enevoldsen vs Larsen 0-1261953Club MatchD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
15. E V Nielsen vs Larsen 0-1401953DEN-chC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. Larsen vs J Enevoldsen  ½-½421953Copenhagen mA08 King's Indian Attack
17. J Enevoldsen vs Larsen  0-1341953Copenhagen mC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
18. Larsen vs J Enevoldsen 0-1551953Copenhagen mD85 Grunfeld
19. J Enevoldsen vs Larsen  ½-½371953Copenhagen mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. K Darga vs Larsen  1-0491953Wch U20 qual-BC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. Panno vs Larsen 1-0831953Wch U20 final-AE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
22. F Roessel vs Larsen  0-1381953Wch U20 qual-BE41 Nimzo-Indian
23. K Darga vs Larsen  1-0521953Wch U20 final-AE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
24. Larsen vs J Herbin 1-0281953Wch U20 qual-BC05 French, Tarrasch
25. J Penrose vs Larsen  ½-½391953Wch U20 qual-BE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
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Jan-26-17  TheFocus: The first book I won in a summer reading program was <War and Peace> when I was 10 years old.

By page 4, there had already been 137 characters introduced. I stopped reading it then.

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  HeMateMe: that's the book new prisoners took with them on their way to the Gulag--plenty of reading time.
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  HeMateMe: squeeze



Jan-30-17  ZonszeinP: Hello <TheFocus> I would suggest you to try again and read War and Peace As a "winter program"
Jan-30-17  TheFocus: <ZonszeinP> I think it would take several winters to read it.
Jan-30-17  ZonszeinP: Satisfaction guaranteed...
Better than the Sgt Peppers..
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  Marmot PFL: Ten is way too young for W&P. It's not that difficult, but not exactly Huck Finn either. Get the version (Random House or Modern Library, forget which) with the separate list of all the characters.
Mar-04-17  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Bent Larsen.

Thanks for the great games.

Mar-04-17  Granny O Doul: War and Peace has exactly 365 chapters, making it an ideal choice for spending a year on. Also, it's on Gutenberg or Bartleby or one of those.
Mar-04-17  parisattack: Happy Birthday, Bent Larsen. Your games have been an inspiration to me through the years. You added so much to the game!

I owe a lot of black wins with the Pelikan to your victory against Robatsch in 1961:

Robatsch vs Larsen, 1963

And the first 'Sveshnikov' against Olafsson in 1959:

F Olafsson vs Larsen, 1959

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  FSR: Fun fact: Larsen was born just 12 days before Aron Nimzowitsch died in Copenhagen. (Well, not a fun fact for Nimzowitsch.) The two of them are undoubtedly Denmark's two greatest players (Nimzowitsch was born in Latvia but lived in Copenhagen for most of his life) and are "co-authors" of the Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack.
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  HeMateMe: so, Nimzo was a Baltic german who emigrated to Denmark?
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  perfidious: <HMM: so, Nimzo was a Baltic german who emigrated to Denmark?>

I believe Ni(e)mzowitsch is derived from nemtsev (pronounced nyemtsev), the Russian word for German. No doubt someone more knowledgeable than I such as <Annie K.> can confirm this.

It is thought that Nimzo left Latvia after WWI to escape the anti-Semitism which may well have come his way had he stayed, even in the newly free Republic of Latvia.

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  FSR: "During the 1917 Russian Revolution, Nimzowitsch was in the Baltic war zone. He escaped being drafted into one of the armies by feigning madness, insisting that a fly was on his head. He then escaped to Berlin, and gave his first name as Arnold, possibly to avoid anti-Semitic persecution.

Nimzowitsch eventually moved to Copenhagen in 1922, which coincided with his rise to the world chess elite, where he lived for the rest of his life in one small rented room. In Copenhagen, he twice won the Nordic Chess Championship, in 1924 and 1934. He obtained Danish citizenship and lived in Denmark until his death in 1935."

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  HeMateMe: you can't blame anyone for wanting to escape the Red/White terror in Russia of the 1920s. It made the blood letting of the French Revolution look like a spring picnic, by comparison.
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  moronovich: The best danish player,before Larsen entered the scene,was IM Enevoldsen,who became a friend of Nimzo.

They now rest neck to neck on the same cemetary.

I had the personal honor to play the former danish champion,Gemzoe,several times.And he told me that he found it easy to draw Nimzo.But beating him was next to impossible.

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  Annie K.: <perfidious: <<HMM: so, Nimzo was a Baltic german who emigrated to Denmark?> I believe Ni(e)mzowitsch is derived from nemtsev (pronounced nyemtsev), the Russian word for German. No doubt someone more knowledgeable than I such as <Annie K.> can confirm this.>>

Yes indeed, :) but one thing to remember about these origin-indicative surnames is that they are almost never a sign of <recent> origins.

Think about it: we all have surnames these days, and who is going to drop theirs when they emigrate somewhere, and that in favor of naming the land they just left, to boot?

No, these names came about way back when the people of a given country were just starting to adopt the custom of surnames; there was Joe, the smith, now known as Joe Smith (as opposed to Joe, the tailor, who is now Joe Taylor), oh and that new guy from some other land, who of course is now identified by that particular detail.

So if somebody is called Nimzowitsch, that only indicates that he had a distant ancestor who emigrated from Germany just when the surname fashion started - quite a few generations ago most likely - and almost certainly would have no cultural background from that particular country himself.

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  gars: March is a very rich month for Chess: Larsen, Fischer, Evans, Smejkal, Korchnoi, who else?
Mar-04-18  Ironmanth: My favorite autograph is one from Bent Larsen at the World Open (which he won!) in NYC in 1974. He was analyzing with Julio Kaplan, and graciously tolerated my star struck interruption to grant my request. Happy birthday and RIP Grandmaster. Thanks for so many memorable games.
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  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: Has anyone here read The Stand?>

Yes, I read it. In fact, it is the only Stephen King book I have read.

I don't think King is a great writer.

Mar-04-18  TheFocus: I don't find King to be a great writer, although he did write an excellent book titled "On Writing."
Mar-04-18  sfm: Larsen!!
He was for Denmark what Fischer was for USA - without the difficult stuff. Up there and mixing with the world top and winning a string of GM-tournaments. He famously ran into Fischer in Denver '71, but kept playing after and kept winning tournaments. Somebody once wrote to him "You are not only our strongest player, but also our best chess writer, and it is doubtful that you will ever be surpassed by any one other Danish player". True it was, and it still is. I met him a couple of times, and he was exactly as entertaining and pleasant as in his books.
Jul-26-18  ewan14: As someone said , if it was not for the three Soviets rule - in 1964 it would have been the Russians v Larsen in the Candidates matches

and just as Korchnoi beat world champion Petrosian twice in 1965 , Larsen beat Petrosian twice in 1966

Jul-26-18  Howard: Larsen remarked in his book on his best games (the 60's edition) that if not for that rule, the eight Candidates in 1965 would have been just him and "seven Russians".

On the other hand, Kasparov was a bit disparaging of that comment in his MGP, stating that Larsen probably wouldn't have advanced very far in the Candidates that year.

Jul-26-18  ewan14: I did not realise it was Larsen himself !

Depends which Soviets he played , he ran Tal close and , I think , beat Geller in the 3rd place play off

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