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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 in the database. 80 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (129) 
    B21 B52 B80 B23 B50
 King's Indian (129) 
    E90 E62 E97 E94 E66
 English (102) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A17
 English, 1 c4 c5 (91) 
    A30 A36 A37 A34 A38
 Uncommon Opening (88) 
    A00 B00
 English, 1 c4 e5 (69) 
    A20 A25 A29 A28 A21
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (320) 
    B30 B27 B39 B38 B56
 Queen's Pawn Game (85) 
    A40 E00 A46 A41 A45
 Caro-Kann (70) 
    B19 B16 B10 B14 B18
 Sicilian Dragon (70) 
    B39 B38 B35 B77 B34
 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 Spassky, 1964 1-0
   Larsen vs A Matanovic, 1965 1-0
   Petrosian vs Larsen, 1966 0-1
   Larsen vs Ivkov, 1967 1-0
   Larsen vs Kavalek, 1970 1-0
   Larsen vs Chandler, 1987 1-0

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   IGM Bent Larsen by 64rutor
   Veliki majstori saha 32 BENT LARSEN (Marovic) by Chessdreamer
   Move by Move - Larsen (Lakdawala) by Qindarka
   my favourite endgames by obrit
   "Larsen's Selected Games" by Bent Larsen by brucemubayiwa
   "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
   Keres, Nei - 4 x 25 by Chessdreamer
   Master of Attack--Best Games of Bent Larsen by brucemubayiwa
   Master of Attack--Best Games of Bent Larsen by Ron
   On My Great Predecessors 4 (Kasparov) by Qindarka
   number 5 by Frodo7

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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 the Nimzo-Larsen attack after him.

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Wikipedia article: Bent Larsen

 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. Larsen vs L Joyner 1-032 1951 Birmingham-jrC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. M Barker vs Larsen  1-038 1951 World Junior ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
6. Larsen vs P Ravn 1-035 1952 Herning, mesterklassC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
7. Eigil Pedersen vs Larsen  0-140 1952 Aabybro mE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
8. Larsen vs Eigil Pedersen  0-159 1952 Aabybro mA13 English
9. Larsen vs Eigil Pedersen  ½-½46 1952 Aabybro mB54 Sicilian
10. Eigil Pedersen vs Larsen 1-058 1952 Aabybro mC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. C Poulsen vs Larsen 1-026 1953 DEN-chE10 Queen's Pawn Game
12. J Enevoldsen vs Larsen  ½-½35 1953 Copenhagen mC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. V Nielsen vs Larsen 0-140 1953 DEN-chC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. Larsen vs J Enevoldsen  ½-½42 1953 Copenhagen mA08 King's Indian Attack
15. J Enevoldsen vs Larsen  0-134 1953 Copenhagen mC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
16. Larsen vs J Enevoldsen ½-½59 1953 Copenhagen mA04 Reti Opening
17. Larsen vs J Enevoldsen 0-155 1953 Copenhagen mD85 Grunfeld
18. H Enevoldsen vs Larsen 0-126 1953 Club MatchD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
19. Larsen vs A Nielsen 1-029 1953 Nordic ChampionshipA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
20. J Enevoldsen vs Larsen  ½-½37 1953 Copenhagen mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
21. Panno vs Larsen 1-083 1953 Wch U20 final-AE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
22. Larsen vs J Sherwin  ½-½45 1953 Wch U20 qual-BE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
23. K Darga vs Larsen  1-052 1953 Wch U20 final-AE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
24. Larsen vs J Herbin 1-028 1953 Wch U20 qual-BC05 French, Tarrasch
25. Larsen vs F Olafsson 0-138 1953 Wch U20 final-AE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
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  parisattack: Howdy <Shams>.

Yes Fischer via John Harris put the call out for some books and I responded. Sure, would have assisted Larsen as well.

Interesting that one of the books Fischer requested was the Sicilian book by Gligoric and Sokolov -

(A nice book BTW - too bad no other volumes were done.)

Perhaps Fischer anticipated something like Larsen's lemon ...Qc8 in Game 3?

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  parisattack: Hi <TheFocus> I got the Sicilian book and Larsen's Games back - signed - but he absconded with the Trifunovic Grunfelda tome. I heard somewhere that someone else also loaned the Grunfelda, so perhaps some confusion along the line.

I have not seen the DD Lasker - $800..I dunno on that one. Did you order one of them? Assume at least in a slipcase for that many dineros.

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  MissScarlett: <Didn't he, by the way, put part of the blame for his 0-6 loss to Fischer on the unusually hot summer that plagued Denver during the time that the match took place?>

< WMD: Interviewed for New In Chess, the view that his career never fully recovered from the whitewash to Fischer was put to him. "No, I don't see that. After losing the match in 1971 I win Hastings and I win Teeside. Immediately."

Asked whether he had analysed what went wrong with the match, Larsen complained about having to play on Fischer's home ground in the United States and the heat in Colorado. "They had the hottest summer in that place in 35 years. And very, very dry. This is not for me. I cannot sleep. It is absolutely impossible. After Round 2 I asked to see the doctor. The bad thing is that the doctor is part of the organization. He just thought I am someone who always runs around with high blood pressure and doesn't believe that I am not...I have to just put down my foot and leave or I have to play on. I didn't put down my foot.">

Bent Larsen

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  parisattack: The doctor found nothing amiss? Guess no prescription for Fischer Fear.

Seriously, his symptoms sound more like someone not adjusting well to the high altitude. We had guests from Florida once who had never been much above sea level. The both got high BP and were 'languid' from it.

Sleeping in a hotel with no A/C even in 1971 and even in a cow-town like Denver would have been strange tho not impossible I suppose. The two hosts - John Powell and John Harris I am *sure* would have taken the best of care of him.

My vague recollection is that Fischer came to town a few days early; Larsen just under the wire. Perhaps someone else who was there will remember if that is correct or not. Sadly, I believe all the fine folks who would have known details of accommodations and such have gone to the big Chessboard in the Sky. If not, they are old like me and forget to get dressed in the morning before going out-and-about, much less able remember what happened 45 years ago! ;)

Again - all said and done - Fischer was simply the better player at that time.

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  TheFocus: <parisattack> <I have not seen the DD Lasker - $800..I dunno on that one. Did you order one of them? Assume at least in a slipcase for that many dineros.>

I am not buying it.

I thought I would remind you that my birthday is coming up...

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  parisattack: Mine, too! I bet <Shams> would like to treat us each to a copy!
Jan-24-17  Shams: I'd love to buy a round of rare books but I can't find the bell, sorry gents.
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  offramp: <Asked whether he had analyzed what went wrong with the match, Larsen complained about having to play on Fischer's home ground...>

Denver is 885 miles from Chicago and 1,614 miles from New York. I do see that it is "home ground" in that Fischer is American but Denveroids would not be overly partisan, surely.

How much does home advantage matter in a chess match anyway?

Jan-25-17  ZonszeinP: The wave of "negative" energy..
Knowing that 90% of the people wish you to lose.. Even Spassky mentioned that it was hard to play Tal (in 65) and Fischer for that matter (in 72) because he knew he was not the favourite in people's heart... For what it's worth
Jan-25-17  Howard: Regarding offramp's comment, one can argue that playing on one's "home ground" can be a disadvantage, at least when it comes to chess. It puts more pressure on the "home" player, especially since he would probably not want to lose in front of the "home" crowd.

In other words, Fischer might have been at a disadvantage, as far as the venue was concerned.

Jan-25-17  ZonszeinP: Larsen would have ended up losing even in Denmark, But not 6-0...
What bothers me about such a result is that many people remember Larsen as one of the guys who lost 6-0 to Fischer...

Such a talented and original player!!

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  offramp: <Howard> I agree. Especially in Euwe's case. He played for the title three times in Holland and I think the burden of representing his small country on the world stage was VERY heavy. He deserves great credit.
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  keypusher: According to <Profile of a Prodigy>, Larsen (rightly) considered himself popular in the United States, and readily agreed to play in Denver.

Maybe he shouldn't have, but that is what he did.

Jan-25-17  ZonszeinP: For my part, I was just trying to understand his point (Larsen's)
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  parisattack: Larsen was certainly well-regarded in Denver. He gave two simuls - one in 1968, the other in 1974. Ergo, the excitement of seeing both Fischer and Larsen live and in-action was considerable among the local players.

I was thrilled Fischer won (of course) but felt badly Larsen for whatever reason(s) didn't play up to his full strength. Like Nimzo, Larsen wasn't at his best for matches.

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  offramp: Has anyone here read The Stand?
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  offramp: <keypusher: According to <Profile of a Prodigy>, Larsen (rightly) considered himself popular in the United States...>

I'm sure you are right.

How popular? Known to half a per cent of the American population. Known to a tenth of a per cent of the Denver population.

It's not the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders is it?

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  keypusher: < offramp: <keypusher: According to <Profile of a Prodigy>, Larsen (rightly) considered himself popular in the United States...> I'm sure you are right.

How popular? Known to half a per cent of the American population. Known to a tenth of a per cent of the Denver population.

It's not the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders is it?>

Yes, "popular" means something very different for a star chess player as opposed to a pop star. Particularly in 1971, or now. But in 1972, the ratio of fame was a little less lopsided.

Jan-25-17  ZonszeinP: The Stand is thicker than War and Peace
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  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"
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  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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