GM Bent Larsen

Full name
Bent Larsen
Life
Mar 4, 1935 - Sep 9, 2010 (age 75)
Place of birth
Thisted, Denmark
Federation
Denmark

Using one of the most imaginative and unique styles of play in history, Bent Larsen stormed to the top of the world’s elite players. Willing to take risks and try unorthodox moves and plans, Larsen was a big proponent of the element of surprise, using it to confuse his opponents throughout his career. He was the first Western player to give a major challenge to the Soviet Union’s rule over chess. Larsen also had many wins over the seven World Champions who had their titles from 1948-1985.

Bent Larsen learned to play chess around the age 7 and soon after he played in the World Junior Championship two different years. Despite these accomplishments, he didn’t start taking chess seriously until he was 17 years old. It was then that he decided to play chess professionally. He became an International Master at 19 years old in 1954 and in 1956 he acquired the Grandmaster title. Later in his career, he started to change his playing style a bit, going from being a solid player to the risky, unusual style that he is well known for now. He did this in order to throw his opponent’s off and this led to him developing a stronger overall game as well. From 1965-1973 Larsen dominated tournaments around the world and placed better than many of the European players. Even with these great tournament placings, he never had the chance to play for a World Championship. Throughout his life he played in six Chess Olympiads for Denmark, representing them on board one every time. At the end of his life, he ended up passing away on September 9, 2010.

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Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Grob Opening (2) : A00
Polish Opening (7) : A00
Indian Game (22) : A49 A46 A50 A45
Bishop's Opening (36) : C24 C28 C26 C20 C23
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (4) : B06
Modern Defense (19) : B06 A40 A42
Van't Kruijs Opening (3) : A00
Hungarian Opening (65) : A00
Reti Opening (49) : A04 A05 A09
Tarrasch Defense (17) : D32 D34
Torre Attack (16) : A48 A46
Catalan Opening (11) : E01 E07 E03 E00
Semi-Slav Defense (22) : D47 D43 D45 D46 D48
Giuoco Piano Game (9) : C50
Pirc Defense (16) : B08 B07
King's Pawn Opening (2) : B00
Vienna Game (3) : C25 C27 C26
Slav Defense (14) : D10 D12 D11 D17
Petrov's Defense (2) : C42 C43
Alekhine Defense (1) : B04
King's Indian Attack (35) : A07 A08
Bird's Opening (46) : A02 A03
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (43) : A01
Queen's Indian Defense (15) : E16 E12 E18 E15 E19 E17
Queen's Gambit Accepted (8) : D27 D25 D26 D20 D22 D24
Four Knights Game (1) : C49
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (5) : D79 D70 D73
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Old Indian Defense (2) : A53 A54
Budapest Defense (1) : A51
Queen's Pawn Opening (13) : A41 D02 A40 D00
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Gruenfeld Defense (9) : D85 D94 D82 D86 D98
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C36
Benoni Defense (4) : A75 A56 A77 A57
London System (3) : A48
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Richter-Veresov Attack (2) : D01
Trompowsky Attack (2) : A45
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Old Benoni Defense (2) : A44 A43
King's Gambit Declined (3) : C30 C32
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Black Pieces
Old Benoni Defense (17) : A43 A44
King's Pawn Opening (4) : B00
Reti Opening (39) : A04 A05 A06
Scandinavian Defense (14) : B01
Queen's Indian Defense (57) : E14 E12 E19 E16 E15 E18
Queen's Pawn Opening (32) : A40 A41 D00 D02 E00 A43
French Defense (12) : C00 C07 C16 C04 C05
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (3) : B00
Trompowsky Attack (4) : A45
Bogo-Indian Defense (23) : E11
Alekhine Defense (32) : B04 B05 B03 B02
Catalan Opening (18) : E00 E01 E09
King's Indian Attack (8) : A07 A08
Vienna Game (4) : C25
Petrov's Defense (5) : C43 C42
Modern Defense (26) : B06 A40 A42
Benoni Defense (22) : A56 A57 A61 A71 A68
Pirc Defense (14) : B09 B07 B08
Richter-Veresov Attack (4) : D01
Old Indian Defense (27) : A54 A53 A55
Three Knights Opening (2) : C46
Bishop's Opening (1) : C28
Semi-Slav Defense (15) : D45 D43 D47
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C32
Tarrasch Defense (5) : D32
Torre Attack (6) : A48 A46
Queen's Gambit Accepted (2) : D25
King's Gambit Accepted (3) : C34
Four Knights Game (3) : C47 C48
Giuoco Piano Game (3) : C51 C50 C53
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (6) : A40
Slav Defense (5) : D16 D14 D11 D19
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (7) : B06
Hungarian Opening (4) : A00
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D79 D71 D73
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Philidor Defense (4) : C41
Nimzowitsch Defense (4) : B00
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Bird's Opening (1) : A02

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