“World Tournament Champion” Bent Larsen dies at 75


Bent Larsen: 1935-2010

Jack Peters [LA Times]:
Danish grandmaster Bent Larsen died Sept. 9 at age 75 in Buenos Aires, his home since the 1970s. Larsen was the most successful tournament player of the late 1960s, when he rose to third in the world behind Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer. Only losses to those two stars in Candidates matches kept him from playing for the world championship…

Larsen visited [the U.S.] frequently, taking first prize in the 1968 U.S. Open in Aspen, Colorado, and the 1974 World Open in New York. The most successful of his four appearances in California was his 71/2-11/2 performance in Lone Pine in 1978, the highest score in that tournament’s history.

Jack Peters includes several annotated Larsen games, featuring victories over Petrosian, Gligoric, Fischer, and Karpov.

Related Links:
New York Times on Larsen’s career
Leonard Barden Tribute

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