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Anatoly Karpov vs Ole Jakobsen
Valletta Olympiad (1980), Valletta MLT, rd 14, Dec-06
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Henneberger Variation (D63)  ·  1-0



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  Everett: 46.a6 creates the weaknesses needed for white to bring home the point.
Jan-25-16  Howard: This game took place in the last round of the Olympiad, and if I remember correctly Soltis said in Soviet Chess that it was the last game of the event to finish.

Wonder where Larsen was this year---he wasn't on the Danish team.

Jan-25-16  zev22407: o "Howard"
In 1980 Larsen was living in Spain
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  perfidious: Larsen's home by then was in the Canaries.
Jan-25-16  Retireborn: Larsen's last Olympiad was Siegen in 1970, I think, although he did play for Denmark one more time in the EU qualifiers in 1971. As I recall he objected to the results of team games affecting his rating.
Jan-30-16  Howard: If Larsen was living in Spain in 1980, he no doubt continued to represent Denmark. If he started playing under Spain's flag, I'm virtually positive I would have read about that somewhere.

But, it now appears that after 1970, he apparently stopped playing in Olympiads.

May-27-17  Howard: But, does anyone know more specifically why Larsen stopped playing in Olympiads? Was it just because of rating issues? Seems a bit strange---he was easily in the world's top-20 up through about the early 80's--he would have been easily eligible.
May-27-17  morfishine: <Howard> Research it yourself


May-30-17  Howard: Well, I dunno where to research it.
May-30-17  Retireborn: <Howard> Danish newspapers/magazines re: the selection of the Danish team for Skopje would be the place to look, although you may have to learn Danish :)

In earlier Olympiads Larsen was asked to play in nearly every round, which meant he'd be facing more lower-rated players than usual. He expressed the view that team games should not affect individual rating. I suppose it may just have been an excuse though - he might never have cared for Olympiads all that much.

Jun-01-17  Howard: Well, I don't have time to learn Danish!

As for the rating issue that Larsen allegedly disliked, he may have had a point. Personally, I don't see any reason why Olympiad games shouldn't be rated though.

Even in the era of "package deals" during adjournments, they only had a small effect on one's rating.

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