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Bent Larsen is Dead

September 11, 2010
The great Danish Grandmaster Bent Larsen died on September 9, 2010.
Larsen was the Danish chess champion six times and a candidate for
the world chess championship four times. Larsen was the riskiest of
his contemporaries rarely leaving an unclear sacrifice unplayed.
During his career Bent Larsen defeated Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov,
Mikhail Tal, Tigran Petrosian, Boris Spassky, Bobby Fischer, and
Anatoly Karpov.
Below is my favorite Bent Larsen chess game:
[Event "Larsen Sacrifices a Queen"]
[Site "Santa Monica"]
[Date "1966.??.??"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Bent Larsen"]
[Black "Petrosian"]
[ECO "B39"]
[PlyCount "59"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Be3 Bg7 
6. c4 Nf6 7. Nc3 Ng4 8. Qxg4 Nxd4 9. Qd1 Ne6 10. Qd2 d6 11. Be2 Bd7 
12. O-O O-O 13. Rad1 Bc6 14. Nd5 Re8 15. f4 Nc7 16. f5 Na6 17. Bg4 Nc5 
18. fxg6 hxg6 19. Qf2 Rf8 20. e5 Bxe5 21. Qh4 Bxd5 22. Rxd5 Ne6 
23. Rf3 Bf6 24. Qh6 Bg7 25. Qxg6 Nf4 26. Rxf4 fxg6 27. Be6+ Rf7 
28. Rxf7 Kh8 29. Rg5 b5 30. Rg3 1-0

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