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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 E97 E62 E66 E94
 Sicilian (129) 
    B21 B52 B80 B23 B50
 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 A21 A26
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (320) 
    B30 B39 B27 B38 B56
 Queen's Pawn Game (85) 
    A40 A46 E00 A41 A45
 Sicilian Dragon (70) 
    B39 B38 B35 B77 B36
 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 Spassky, 1964 1-0
   Larsen vs A Matanovic, 1965 1-0
   Petrosian vs Larsen, 1966 0-1
   Larsen vs Chandler, 1987 1-0
   Larsen vs Kavalek, 1970 1-0
   Larsen vs J Penrose, 1969 1-0

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

Chessbase eulogy:

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. E Pedersen vs Larsen  0-140 1952 Aabybro mE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
7. Larsen vs P Ravn 1-035 1952 Herning, mesterklassC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
8. Larsen vs E Pedersen  0-159 1952 Aabybro mA13 English
9. Larsen vs E Pedersen  ½-½46 1952 Aabybro mB54 Sicilian
10. E Pedersen vs Larsen  1-058 1952 Aabybro mC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. Larsen vs J Penrose 1-023 1953 Junior VM, CopenhageC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
12. F Roessel vs Larsen  0-138 1953 Wch U20 qual-BE41 Nimzo-Indian
13. F Scafarelli vs Larsen  1-041 1953 Wch U20 qual-BA15 English
14. J Enevoldsen vs Larsen  ½-½37 1953 Copenhagen mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
15. Larsen vs J Enevoldsen ½-½59 1953 Copenhagen mA04 Reti Opening
16. J Penrose vs Larsen  ½-½39 1953 Wch U20 qual-BE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
17. Larsen vs Ivkov  ½-½24 1953 Wch U20 final-AB58 Sicilian
18. J Enevoldsen vs Larsen  ½-½35 1953 Copenhagen mC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Larsen vs A Nielsen 1-029 1953 Nordic ChampionshipA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
20. Larsen vs M Farre 1-048 1953 Wch U20 qual-BB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. H Enevoldsen vs Larsen 0-126 1953 Club MatchD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
22. C Poulsen vs Larsen 1-026 1953 DEN-chE10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Larsen vs H Heikkila  1-040 1953 Wch U20 qual-BB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. Larsen vs J Sherwin  ½-½45 1953 Wch U20 qual-BE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Panno vs Larsen 1-083 1953 Wch U20 final-AE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
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Jul-02-11  vonKrolock: Video document from a game between him and Donner, not yet featured here or in other online sources. This late (1981) encounter features move by move comments by the players themselves, kind of a <dialogue of monologues> (Very well acomplished presentation - it seems that they had a <mind-reading machine> back then ...)

part one and part two easily spotted in the list

Sep-28-11  pazzed paun: strange how much Larsen trash-talked
Fischer. Fischer had been Larsen's second so Larsen had a chance to recognize how strong Fischer was--weird blindspot or stubborness
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  refutor: when was Fischer Larsen's second?
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  whiteshark: <refutor: when was Fischer Larsen's second?> I was wondering, too.
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  tamar: Had to be 1959 Candidates, no?
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  parisattack: I thought it was the other way around? Larsen missed out @ Portoroz.
Sep-28-11  Shams: I always thought Bobby rolled without seconds.
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  tamar: Larsen was Fischer's second at the 1959 Candidates, I should have said.
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  parisattack: Larsen called Portoroz the worst result of his career. I am not sure what he called the Disaster in Denver. And, please - not the weather story again. I was there (Denver 1971) and have you checked the heat in Argentina in the summer?

Don't get me wrong - loved the man and his playing style, games.

Sep-28-11  pazzed paun: there is an interesting account of Larsen in that bio-book about Benko Larsen spent several months in the U.S. in the early 60's hanging out with Benko and Larry Evans. In the my great predecssor's series

Kasparov says Fischer knew more about Larsen's own games than Larsen did. strange that Larsen would always try to make some excuse about Fischer's talent-

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  FSR: Bent Larsen is still selling jewelry.
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  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." >

---Bent Larsen


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  whiteshark: < 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. >>

-- Larsen

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  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." >

---Bent Larsen

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  whiteshark: <Quote of the Day

<My wife is my second. >>

-- Larsen

So she understand about the most important function of a second...

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  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

< "My wife is my second." >

--- Larsen

So his wife brings him milk and cheese sandwiches?

Feb-22-12  AlphaMale: Why not? She get hotdog in return.
Feb-22-12  brankat: The Siamese twins strike again :-)
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  Penguincw: < AlphaMale: Why not? She get hotdog in return. >

Now, his wife is more like a maid.

< brankat: The Siamese twins strike again :-) >

There's a reason this happens.

Mar-04-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Larsen.
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  whiteshark: R.I.P. Bent.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Bent Larsen.

< Feb-22-12 Penguincw: ...

There's a reason this happens. >

That reason is now gone. :)

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  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.
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  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.

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  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 chessforum).

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