Mastery: Master Games

Bent the Great

Bent the Great

Learn from the games of one of the greatest creative players ever!

In this course, GM Dejan Bojkov introduces his favorite player, GM Bent Larsen (1935 - 2010). Larsen was one of the best players of the twentieth century and enriched the chess treasury with his many wonderful games. Enjoy the original and beautiful ideas of one of the greatest fighters ever. Learn to play like Larsen today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Practice tactics and strategy with one of the most amazing players of all time!
  • See fantastic examples of Larsen's original and unique approach to the game.
  • Learn from Bent Larsen's creative genius!
  • Well Calculated

    Bent Larsen was a tough opponent for his Yugoslavian colleague GM Svetozar Gligoric. Their games rarely finished peacefully and success was most often in the Dane's favor.

    • 3 challenges
  • Flank Attack

    Larsen loved to fianchetto his bishops and to exert pressure on the long diagonals. He often had a chance to use them in direct attacks like in the following example.

    • 5 challenges
  • The Cavalry Comes

    Larsen was a skillful master of creating constant problems and on many occasions his opponents would succumb to the pressure.

    • 4 challenges
  • Expect the Unexpected

    Some of Larsen's original solutions became model examples for generations of chess fans.

    • 8 challenges
  • Powerful Centralization

    The classical concept of centralization was always a theme in Larsen's games. Here is an example of "pure" central strategy.

    • 8 challenges
  • Converting the Advantage

    The Olympiad in Moscow 1956 became memorable for the Danish GM. His team made it to the finals and he had to play against the top guys of the time, including World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. He drew that game and the overall score 14/18 (!) brought...

    • 16 challenges
  • Simple and Beautiful

    In this lesson Larsen teaches us how to make use of our main trumps in a most effective way. The simple moves can be as beautiful as any combination with sacrifices as long as they follow the inner logic of the position.

    • 12 challenges
  • Positional Victory

    Larsen included the following game in his 50 Selected Games book (a must for everyone!) as one of his first examples of a pure positional domination.

    • 8 challenges
  • A Model Attack

    The great Dane had a taste for the attack and produced a lot of masterpieces in this field. His ability to create threats out of the blue made those attacks spectacular.

    • 14 challenges
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