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Yuri Balashov vs Bent Larsen
Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 5, Oct-21
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack (B14)  ·  0-1

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Sep-19-13
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  Fusilli:


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Here Larsen played 22...Rd8. This kind of GM move always puzzles me (and amazes me). The rook goes behind black's own bishop and own fixed pawn. And it turns out to be the place where it should be, as shown later in the game. And in the process Larsen decides he is not going to dispute the e-file. And he shouldn't, since trying to dispute the e-file *and* the f5 square would overburden his queen. It also makes sense because the black rook is the only piece that seems to need relocation. Still, I think this kind of move is brilliant.

Aug-01-17  Saniyat24: At last a game where I see the full potential of Bent Larsen and not merely being stuck on the losing side against the likes of Tal and Beliavsky...wonderful game...played with precision and wonderful judgement....
Aug-01-17  Howard: Larsen's tournament record from 1967-69 was probably second-to-none, as New In Chess stated back around 2009.

Petrosian was, of course, WC during that time, but his track record during that same period of time was hardly worth of a WC.

Aug-01-17
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  perfidious: There were cognoscenti who held that view long before 2009, come to Larsen's run, which was most impressive.

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