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Bent Larsen vs Nikola Padevsky
Monte Carlo (1968), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 1, Apr-03
Catalan Opening: Open Defense. Alekhine Variation (E03)  ·  1-0



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Jul-10-14  Poulsen: BL in his best period. Going through his games it is striking, that despite his risky style he rarely sacrificed materiel unless there was an almost immediate - and often obvious - compensation to be seen. Larsen was closer to Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian than to Mikhail Tal in this respect.

Here he gives the exchange with 28.Rxd5! - in a seemingly Petrosian style - in order to keep and utilize his advanced pawn on d7. But already a few moves later it is clear, that he wins the exchange back and ends up with a superior position.

I think BL's tactics are quite straight forward in most cases - it is his positional style, that is often hard to access.

Off course there are some tactical brilliances - like P H Nielsen vs Larsen, 1997 - but there are not THAT many.

I believe, that BL's himself look with the greatest pleasure on his positional wins - like

Petrosian vs Larsen, 1966

Larsen vs Polugaevsky, 1966

Larsen vs Hartston, 1972

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