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Who is the aka "Bent Larsen" of this generation?


  • 20 months ago · Quote · #1

    konhidras

    Anyone care to comment?

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #2

    waffllemaster

    Player who sometimes plays off beat stuff and is among the top 3-5 players in the world?

    I don't think anyone in the top 5 today matches that.  Gashimov has been known to play the Benoni which is very rare at high levels... he's in the top 20... he's the closest that comes to mind.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #3

    Immryr

    morozevich is a very attacking player who plays a decent amount of offbeat stuff. he uses the albin counter gambit for instance which is even more rare than the benoni!

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #4

    bresando

    definitely Morozevich if you're talking about openings (although he actually used the albin only in a rapid/blindfold event). He has played a lot of crazy stuff over the years, and he has been as high as number 2 in the world rankings (if i remember correclty) a few years ago. Ivanchuk also comes to mind.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #5

    SmyslovFan

    Morozevich and Ivanchuk have inherited the Larsen mantle, but the one elite


    player who is most likely to play 1.f4 or 1.b3 is Hikaru Nakamura. 

    Also, watch out for Maxim Vachier-Lagrave! He plays quite a few baroque lines and was Junior World Champion in 2009.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #6

    waffllemaster

    Doh, how could I forget about Nakamura's opening oddities :p

    I'm not aware of Ivanchuk playing odd openings (maybe he does, I'm just not aware of it), although he is a very creative player I've heard.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #7

    bresando

    He doesn't usually play odd openings, but tons of very unusual subvariations of popular openings. And rarely the same variation twice Tongue Out It is sometimes said that people doesn't prepare for him anymore since guessing what line he is going to play is close to impossible.


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