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Bent Larsen's Best Games: Fighting Chess with the Great Dane (Anglais) Broché – 7 octobre 2014

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One of the most colorful players of the 20th century. --Garry Kasparov

One of the best books in the entire history of chess. A masterpiece. --Alfonso Romero Holmes, former Spanish Chess Champion

With a fine sense of humor Larsen explains his aggressive and unconventional approach to chess, in way that is instructive to players of all strengths. --Christopher Lutz, former German Chess Champion

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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 more than 120 of Bent Larsen s games, selected and annotated by himself. 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.

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HASH(0x9b3f9678) étoiles sur 5 The return of a great classic with new material 11 septembre 2014
Par mojojojo50 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
From 1964 to 1971, Bent Larsen & Bobby Fischer were the only non-Russians in the worlds top ten. Up to 1970, Larsen's record was better than Fischer's. He had won 2 interzonals, qualified for to the semi-finals of the Candidates three times, actually won 5 international tournaments in one year (!!), beaten Tal & Geller in match play and defeated several world champions (including the unbeatable Petrosian twice in the same event!!). His games feature a range of openings (QP, Flank Openings, Larsen's Opening, Sicilian, KID, Nimzo, Vienna, Bishops, ... with loads of innovations). He can be described as a Neo-Nimzowitchean with clever tactics, unusual strategic ideas in semi-closed positions, out-standing endgame technique. Larsen usually moved quickly through his opening phase, intending to reach a dynamic position testing who is the better player. He consistently refused draws no matter who was his opponent. His aversion of draws worked well in tournament play, but strategic draws are a necessity in match play, where Spassky & Fischer destroyed him.

I have had his 1969 classic ('Selected Games') since the late 70's. I regularly return to it for the beautiful play and great writing; (incidently I prefer it to Fischer's book from the same year). This new book has those 50 Selected Games translated from Descriptive to Algebraic Notation, + 70 more games from a second volume translated from a spanish edition,+ 2 wins over Karpov, and a 20 page introduction by Nielsen + a couple pages of homage from peers. Larsen's prose is a delight. Lots of humor, humanity, excellent explanations about what is going on with deep details of his thinking at that moment. The chapters are arranged by years, with introductions, life details, tournament background, and chat about other players. Most of the explanations are in words, detailed variations are accurate, and New In Chess added many tournament crosstables and loads of photos. The production values are perfect.

His writing style is similar to Tal's Life & Games or Seirawan's Chess Duels(which is actually dedicated to Larsen). This book can be satisfactorily read by 1200's up to GM level. The creative ideas have not dated, yet the writing makes them understandable. His chess career was in the pre-computer age & pre-Fischer boom. When almost all non-Soviet GMs worked at a day-job, (eg Reshevsky was an accountant who used his vacations to play tournaments). As a rare professional, Larsen depended on his meager prize money from high placing in tournaments, simultaneous displays, and his witings for chess magazines (incidently Fischer wrote a monthly column in Boys Life magazine). Only the Soviets had trainers (often former elite GMs). In in their teens, they received a vigorous doses of training at the Pioneer Club. In the 1950s & 60s, Larsen depended on a few Danish chessbooks (especially Nimzowitsch) and later (like Fischer), he learned enough 'chess Russian' to read the Soviet magazines. Also like Fischer, to reach the highest level required winning every local event in order to qualify for the competitions against the world class Soviets. Larsen's biographic writing gives a feel of the period. While this back story is fascinating, the reason most of us buy chessbooks are for out-standing games, with excellent notes in books that hold up to repeated study.
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HASH(0x9b3f98c4) étoiles sur 5 One of the Greatest Chess Books of Any Era 14 juillet 2015
Par Anthony Rotella - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
A disclaimer - I am probably one of Bent Larsen's biggest fanboys. I am perpetually searching for rare items like signed books on eBay, I own books by/about him in Danish that I can't read, and I have a 40-inch canvas of a rare photograph of him on my office wall.

This book is one of the best chess books in history. As far as game collections go, I think there are only one or two that might be in the same league - some might prefer Tal's Life and Games, and that's a fine choice. Larsen's writing style is truly excellent - to the point but playful and humorous, and insightful in a way that most top-level grandmasters might not be. He is extremely adept at including psychological and external factors in his annotations, and there are plenty of interesting stories and anecdotes crammed in/between the games to make this book something more than a simple games collection.

I'm not going to spend a ton of time talking about the structure - you can see that with the "Look Inside" feature yourself. Long story short, this is an updated version of many different Larsen's Best Games tomes under different names. I think the latest English version was called "Bent Larsen: Master of Counterattack". This version is quite a bit longer though - over 100 games organized by year/tournament.

Larsen's games themselves are inspiring as well - I have been studying this book (in chunks, sometimes straight through) or previous versions for a decade now, and I find something new every time. Larsen had an unusual style in my opinion - he always looking for a fight, but was an admittedly positionally focused player, relatively poor or apathetic about wild combinations or attacks compared to his peers. His games (to me) are a wonderfully updated version of "Chess Praxis" - the influence of Nimzo's "My System" really shines through in his games if you look out for them. Larsen had a wonderful grasp of weaknesses in general, quality of minor pieces, pawn chains and piece location with respect to them, and of the thoroughly hypermodern concept of "Blockade/Destroy". You might say the same of another player who was strongly influenced by "My System", Tigran Petrosian, but Larsen's games are completely different. He was more of a risk taker, and he always found ways to make positions as imbalanced as possible, unique in some way. Petrosian was quite a bit more risk averse - less cavalier. You can see this maverick, whimsical characteristic to Larsen's play in the openings that bear his name - 1.b3!? and 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6!? 5.Nxf6+ gxf6!? - both highly unusual nowadays.

A few more things about this book before I hop off my soapbox. Firstly, I went through this book partly the conventional way, and partly on Forward Chess, an app that allows you to play through the moves and read the book on your phone or tablet. Using Forward Chess allows me to check the variations given by Larsen (in some cases ~60 years ago!), and was shocked at how few errors there were, and how accurate and strong of a player he really was. I always had this impression (false, I'm realizing) that players of that era were noticeably weaker than players of today, but perhaps that's not as true as I thought. Larsen's variations were on point, with very few mistakes or misevaluations. Really unbelievable stuff! Second, if you have an older version of this book, it's probably still worth it to grab this one - it's updated to algebraic notation, and there are a ton of new games added from the German and Spanish editions and his other writing, as well as some great pictures.

There are a few things that bother me a bit - some of the usual editing stuff - a diagram here or there is screwed up, a game numbers are off by one or the opening listed is from the last game, etc. That's not a huge deal, and it really doesn't take away from the experience at all. Finally, some of the later stuff (that I presume is taken from his Spanish writings for newspapers or magazines, etc) is annotated a bit more briskly and less like some of the in-depth stuff you get that's reprinted from the original version. This is somewhat disappointing, but I'd still rather have that content than not.

So pick this book up sooner rather than later. I can guarantee you'll find something you love about it (besides Larsen's wit and personality - that's a given) - perhaps you'll even find yourself wanting to nudge that b-pawn one move forward, or slam 1.d4 f5! every once in while.
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HASH(0x9b3f9888) étoiles sur 5 The Great Dane (pun intended) 11 août 2015
Par Rev. John D. White - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Larsen, at least among chess aficionado's, is remembered for his disastrous showing against Bobby Fischer in the Candidates matches in 1971; 6-0. This is comparable to getting to the semi-finals in Wimbledon and getting absolutely trounced 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. Embarrassing at best, humiliating and mind blowing at worst. If this were all to his career, it would be a sad testimony to his talent. It is not, however! He was beautifully imaginative. His mind was always fertile with interesting ideas. Larsen was a brilliant player and this book is worth the read, if only to clarify in one's mind how amazing he actually was during his heyday. While Fischer was in a class by himself, everyone acknowledges this--Larsen's games are not to be overlooked. A wonderful testament to one of chess history's amazing talents.
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HASH(0x9b3f9b7c) étoiles sur 5 Very good book of games by Danish GM Bent Larsen 21 janvier 2015
Par Franck D - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Very good book of games by Danish GM Bent Larsen, with testimonies, photographs, an interesting presentation of his playing style, and the addition of 70 new games after 1969, following the classic "50 Best Games" (already annotated by Larsen). Excellent book for the fans. However, the quality of comments, annotations and analyses does not always match the original book of 50 games; sometimes superficial (two games may be covered on a single page), and the selection of 70 new games (among which are losses and draws) may appear odd. But this volume is the combination of the "50 Best Games" with a second collection of games previously published in Spanish, in a new enlarged edition.
HASH(0x9b3f9bdc) étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 27 octobre 2015
Par Paulino Ng - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Fantastic game collection greatly annotated.
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