Magazine article The Spectator

Bent Larsen

Magazine article The Spectator

Bent Larsen

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The sad news has come in that grandmaster Bent Larsen has died in Argentina at the age of 75. Larsen was a three-times semi-finalist in the World Championship qualifiers, won numerous international tournaments of the front rank, represented the 'world' on top board in the USSR v World match of 1970, and numbered amongst his victims the world champions Botvinnik, Tal, Smyslov, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer and Karpov. His aggressive and entertaining style made him a welcome guest wherever he competed.

Fischer-Larsen: Palma de Mallorca Interzonal 1970; Sicilian Defence 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bc4 e6 7 Bb3 Be7 8 Be3 0-0 9 Qe2 I n his match with Larsen that took place six months later, Fischer switched to 9 0 - 0, realising that this was more in accordance with his style and aims.

9 . . . a6 10 0-0-0 Qc7 11 g4 Nd7 12 h4 Nc5 13 g5 b5 14 f3 A decisive loss of time. Since h2-h4 has already been played, 14 h5! was necessary. 14 . . . Bd7 15 Qg2 b4 16 Nce2 Nxb3+ 17 axb3 a5 One error (14 f3? ), and already White has to seek a way to save the game - that's the Sicilian Defence (see diagram 1). …

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