Olafsson-Larsen play a Najdorf

Olafsson-Larsen play a Najdorf‎

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Bent Larsen (pictured) was born March 4, 1935 in Thisted, Denmark. He won the championship of Demark six times from 1954 to 1964. He became an international master in 1954 at the Amsterdam Olympiad. He became an international grandmaster in 1956 at the Moscow Olympiad. He played board one at these events. He played in the candidates four times in 1965, 1968, 1971, and 1977. He won three interzonal tournaments at Amsterdam 1964, Sousse 1967, and Biel 1976.

Fridrik Olafsson, a grandmaster from Iceland, was featured in my previous article which showed him defeating Fischer. A brief biographical sketch can be read there.

Larsen and Olafsson played a match in 1955. After seven games, the score was tied. Each player had won three games with one draw. By winning the final game, Larsen won the match 4.5-3.5. That game is shown here. In 2003, they played an eight game rapid match in Reykjavik, Iceland. Olafsson won 5-3, with two wins and six draws.

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