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|Mar-04-12|| ||whiteshark: R.I.P. Bent.|
|Mar-04-12|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Bent Larsen.
< Feb-22-12 Penguincw: ...
There's a reason this happens. >
That reason is now gone. :)
|Mar-04-12|| ||Fusilli: When Larsen died, in September 2010, I paid a modest tribute to him by posting on my forum the key moments of his games at Buenos Aires (Clarin tournament) 1979, which some call the best result of his career (+9 -0 =4). Feel free to visit if you are a fan of Larsen. The first post, on his round 1 game v. Andersson, is here: Fusilli chessforum.|
|Mar-04-12|| ||parisattack: <Fusilli: >
Very nice; great work, contribution! (I actually had to go back one further page.)
Larsen was a terrific innovator and pumped new life into so many openings - Alekhine, Center Counter, Philidor, Old Indian, Bishop's - just to name a few. His early games with the Pelikan (now Sveshnikov) got me playing that line from which I garnered many points. His game against Olafsson 1958 is I believe the trunk Sveshnikov variation.
|Mar-04-12|| ||Fusilli: <parisattack> Glad you liked it! I wonder if the link has something to do with the browser... My browser (Explorer) takes me to the post on Larsen v. Andersson when I click on it.|
One of the things I admire of Larsen is his fighting spirit. He was generally reluctant to make short draws, even against top players. I was actually trying to get a count on short draws by Larsen and compare it to Petrosian's, Tal's, and other contemporaries with careers of abouth the same length as Larsen's, but ran into a technical glitch (I posted a question on it at chessgames.com chessforum).
|Mar-04-12|| ||Fusilli: Okay, based on a quick and dirty calculation I hereby declare Bent Larsen the second elite player (since, roughly, World War II) as ranked by fighting spirit, behind Bobby Fischer. See the quick and dirty calculation here: Fusilli chessforum.|
|Mar-04-12|| ||BlackSheep: Fischer was Larsen's second in the 1970 match-up "The World vs The U.S.S.R." that much is true .|
|Mar-04-12|| ||brankat: <BlackSheep> You mean B.Fischer played on board #2 :-)|
|Aug-30-12|| ||cunctatorg: Regarding Bent Larsen's "Notable Games", I firmly believe that his brilliant victory (with Black) over Anatoly Karpov at 1980 (Petrov Defense, Modern Variation) should be included!|
|Jan-09-13|| ||Granny O Doul: I remember reading, in "The Complete Chess Addict", I believe, that Larsen's job was to read Tarzan stories to Fischer. It is plausible enough, as one of Fischer's best NYC friends owns to having had to read to him from a book called "Man is the Prey".|
|Jan-09-13|| ||Granny O Doul: Let me add to that that I had just been reading on the previous page about Larsen's role at the '59 Candidates.|
|Jan-09-13|| ||ozmikey: <Granny O Doul> Larsen mentions the Tarzan episode in his "article" on Fischer in his own book of best games. Apparently Fischer just wanted something read to him when he was sick and inhaling some unpleasant medicine.|
The whole article is well worth reading, very funny in parts (as you would expect from Larsen). Here's a nice bit, about Fischer's early avoidance of alcohol:
"I don't know the reason for this hatred of alcohol, but it's one of those things about which Fischer's views became a bit more flexible as he got older...as was the case with communism, the Caro-Kann and the bishop pair."
|Mar-04-13|| ||talisman: happy birthday Bent. R.I.P.|
|Mar-13-13|| ||Garech: In 117 games, Larsen scored 58% wins opening with 1.g3 - impressive stuff!|
|May-27-13|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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?">
|Jan-01-14|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "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 if "milk and cheese sandwiches" are metaphor or not...
|Jan-02-14|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "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." >
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|| ||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: "Don’t take a premature draw. Never."
|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.
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