Bent Larsen

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Date of Birth March 4, 1935
Place of Birth Thisted, Denmark
Date of Death Sep 9, 2010 (75)
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Bent Larsen

Jørgen Bent Larsen was a Danish chess grandmaster and author. Known for his imaginative and unorthodox style of play, 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 emergence of Magnus Carlsen.

Full name: Jørgen Bent Larsen
Country: Denmark
Born: Mar 4, 1935, Tilsted near Thisted, Denmark
Died: Sept 9, 2010, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Title: Grandmaster (1956)
Peak rating: 2660 (January 1971)

About Bent Larsen

Danish chess Grandmaster who was known for a unique style of play, a rarity in chess.

Before Fame

He became interested in chess because of his sickly and bed-ridden childhood.


He was a six time Danish Champion and a candidate for the World Chess Championship on four occasions.

Family Life

He was married to an Argentine woman at the time of his death in 2010.


Magnus Carlsen is the only serious challenger to his status as the greatest Scandinavian chess player of all time.

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Latest information about Bent Larsen updated on October 29, 2020.

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