Fighting Chess with the Great Dane
Bent Larsen (1935-2010) was one of the greatest fighters chess has ever seen. In his rich career the great Dane defeated all World Champions from Botvinnik to Karpov and he became one of the most successful tournament players of his time.
Bent Larsen's uncompromising style and his unorthodox thinking made him popular with chess players all around the globe.
In 1967/1968 Larsen won five international elite events in a row, a truly spectacular achievement. His successes were such that Bobby Fischer let him play first board in the legendary Soviet Union vs. the World match in Belgrade in 1970.
Bent Larsen also was a highly original chess writer and an extremely productive chess journalist. Not surprisingly the first chess book that Magnus Carlsen ever studied was written by the strongest Scandinavian player before him.
This collection brings together 124 of Bent Larsens games, selected and annotated by himself and played between 1951 and 1977. His comments are lucid, to the point, often humorous and always instructive. Together, these games are a tribute to his genius and a continuous joy to read and play through.
This book also includes articles about Larsen's personality and his meetings with Bobby Fischer.
Published 2014, softback, 350 pages.Sample pages (pdf)