A Tribute to Bent Larsen – GM Bryan Smith, IM Bill Paschall and FM Dennis Monokroussos

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A Tribute to Bent Larsen – GM Bryan Smith, IM Bill Paschall and FM Dennis Monokroussos
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Jørgen Bent Larsen (1935 – 2010) was a Danish chess GrandMaster and author. Larsen was known for his imaginative and unorthodox style of play, and he was the first Western player to pose a serious challenge to the Soviet Union’s dominance in chess. He is considered to be the strongest player born in Denmark and the strongest from Scandinavia until the recent rise of Magus Carlsen.
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A Tribute to Bent Larsen

Jørgen Bent Larsen (1935 – 2010) was a Danish chess GrandMaster and author. Larsen was known for his imaginative and unorthodox style of play, and he was the first Western player to pose a serious challenge to the Soviet Union’s dominance in chess. He is considered to be the strongest player born in Denmark and the strongest from Scandinavia until the recent rise of Magus Carlsen. As a six-time Danish Champion and a candidate for the World Chess Championship four times, Larsen reached the semifinal three times. Larsen had multiple wins over all seven World Champions who held the title from 1948 to 1985 including Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer and Karpov.

Content: 89 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 3 lectures. PGN Included.

Recommended for: Intermediate-Advanced Players.

Users rated this series: 4.44 out of 5

Chess Fans have said: RIP, GM Larsen. IM Paschall, your lecture on the classic Tal v. Larsen from Bled is one of my all-time favorite lectures.

GM Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently splits his time between Novi Sad, Serbia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup. He was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001 and became a GM in 2013. Bryan is the first-ever Grandmaster from Alaska!

IM Bill Paschall currently resides in Budapest, Hungary. Bill was the 2013 New England Co-Champion, Boylston Chess Club Champion 2002, finished 1st at the Foxwoods Open 2002, two-time New England Open Champion, and has defeated more than 20 IGM’s in tournament play. Bill has extensive experience training both adults and children privately and in the schools.

FM Dennis Monokroussos is a 3-time Nevada State champion and won the Indiana State Championship in 2009. He taught philosophy at several universities, including the University of Notre Dame, and currently works as a chess coach for kids and adults, both in person and over the internet. He was a coach of a team that won the 1997/8 National K-8 Championship and came within half a point of repeating the next year as well. His individual students have been successful too, and include scholastic state champions and a participant in the World Youth Games.

Outline

  • Part I
    Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation
    Carel-Benjamin Van den Berg vs. Bent Larsen
    Run Time: 00:39:16 IM Smith
  • Part II
    Nimzo-Indian: Classical, Berlin
    Variation Pirc Variation
    Mark Taimanov vs. Bent Larsen
    Run Time: 00:19:20 IM Paschall
  • Part III
    King’s Pawn Opening
    Antonio Angel Medina Garcia vs. Bent Larsen
    Run Time: 00:31:11 FM Monokroussos