The Grandmaster of Unorthodox Chess!

Question: Who are the most controversial or unorthodox chess players? Why? What do you think of them? Answer: GM Bent Larsen (Jørgen Bent Larsen 3/4/1935 – 9/9/2010) was the greatest unorthodox chess player to have ever graced Caïssa with his devotion. Famous for his innovative and unorthodox style, Bent Larsen was the first Western playerContinue reading “The Grandmaster of Unorthodox Chess!”

Pawn Sacrifice: Bobby Fischer Chess Puzzle 2

In today’s puzzle, we try to find an improvement over Fischer’s Qd6+. The unplayed improvement is actually a forced mate in 3 that Bobby Fischer missed over the board. I imagine that the then 15-year-old Fischer was so caught up in the excitement of slaying the dragon that he failed to search for a betterContinue reading “Pawn Sacrifice: Bobby Fischer Chess Puzzle 2”

Bent Larsen is Dead

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,Continue reading “Bent Larsen is Dead”