Old Mag, Chess is not Fun, Bent Larsen.

Old Mag, Chess is not Fun, Bent Larsen.

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Old Mag, Chess is not Fun, Bent Larsen.

No1 posted an OTB game with the Budapest gambit
and somehow it stirred a fading memory cell.

I'm a little squirrel me. I never throw anything away.
I have boxes and boxes full of chess junk.

I recalled a chess magazine that said Marshall had
a hand in inventing the Budapest Gambit and writing
'Budapest' on the cover.

That was 1981. So I dived into the boxes and found it.

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Blown up a bit.

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The analysis refers to something else inside the mag
I needed to look at. (some John Nunn analysis.)

Odd how the mind works.
Of course I must have seen it a few times when rooting
about for something else I was looking for.

I sent off the mag to No1 addressed thus:

No1 Adress

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Interesting thread Thread 133835 asking
if a strong players still found playing chess fun.

Are games more fun as you get better?

A lot of players are saying not yet because they are still
weak (their words) and don't understand the game.

I enjoyed it more when I really knew nothing.

When I was looking for that mag for No1 I found something
that reminded me of this thread.
(odd how the mind works, well mine anyway).

There I was, a happy worry free chess playing guy
and loving every minute of it.
My only chess knowledge was taken from opening traps,
short games and an undying belief in development and
tactics all the way.

OTB 1800 something and rising.

Some unimaginative muppet advised I learn some
openings and I bought my first Latvian book.

Why I'll never know, I had already beaten a 2200
player with it OTB what was there to know.

I saw an advert for a 1977 book on the Latvian.

Latvian book

This is the book that I found when I was looking for
that mag for No1. (the cover has long since gone).

This thing scared me witless. All the duff lines
I played (and yet won with) were really losing
and this book was showing me how.

I was never the same after that.

Chess stopped being fun. The boy was gone.
Still obsessed by the game but something died that day.
I had lost my imaginary friend.

Sometimes he pops up and gives me a little whisper,
"Go on Geoff, play it, he won't see it, play it."
but he longer sits on my shoulder.

Also when you get good you see the end coming a long time
before the weaker player.

Weaker players play on with hope in every move.
They do not know they have lost.

A stronger player in a lost but not yet resignable position
playing another strong player has in front of him an hour
of OTB pure misery and he knows it.

(In C.C. Chess this can last for days....weeks...months...Years).

Don't get strong, stay away from opening books
and Chess will always be fun. 😉

This is me pre-book knowledge.
Tactics, errors, unsound sacs. and more tactics.
All my OTB games were like this.

T. Ransley - G. Chandler, Edinburgh Club Minor, 1979

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Sad news that Bent Larsen has passed away.

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When a new mag arrived you always played over any Larsen game.
Wonderful games. I recall in 1979 him beating Karpov with the then
unfashionable Scandinavian. 1.e4 d5.

This had me playing the Scandinavian for a few years.

He must have been a nightmare to prepare against.
One day he would take the old ‘bust’ openings and play them against
the world’s top players.
The next day he would match them move in the latest theory.

But he not all about openings.
His middle game creativity was his strength and he left behind some
stunning masterpieces.

If you can get your hands on his selected games written by himself
then I heartily recommend it. I at one time had three copies.
I sent one as a Christmas present to Paulmanfromfics last year.
He must have read it by now. Ask him for it.

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  • Posted 3370 days 9 hours and 42 minutes ago
    Standard memberIntermezzo
    Gents, you really must get back to some good old gambit play.
    There are plenty of thematic tournaments on here that can give you the chance to truly delve into the delights of silly openings. I've recently played in the Fried Liver Attack and the Traxler Thematic. Fantastically silly stuff! We need a good 'Pest Thematic on here though. I've been playing it (and scoring quite heavily with it) for years and I genuinely believe it stands up against all but the very best opponents.

    Re Bent Larsen... yes, I agree the man truly was one of the greats. I think I read somewhere that he had tournament wins against the 7 World Champions from Botvinnik to Karpov. That is some achievement in one of chess' golden eras.

    Lots of good tributes on the web too although, understandably, none of them dared to lead with the joyous, but risque headline "Bent Over" 😉
    RIP Bent.
  • Posted 3380 days 11 hours and 57 minutes ago
    Standard membernimzo5
    How to Open a Chess Game is a true classic.
  • Posted 3383 days and 24 minutes ago
    Standard memberpaulbuchmanfromfics
    Everyone praises his book of games and rightly so, but not much credit is given to his section in How To Open A Chess Game. It too, is truly excellent. His talk about personal experiences (finding an old book on the King's Gambit in his house, if I'm not mistaken) and digging the old obscure openings out (Bishop's Opening/Vienna etc) is quite enjoyable.
  • Posted 3383 days 1 hour and 12 minutes ago
    He was one of the inspiring heroes.
    Someone you wanted to emulate.

    Read a few tributes from other sites, everyone speaks
    of his book and how good it is. It is a minor classic.

    I think if any book should be reprinted in algebriac
    then that one should.
  • Posted 3383 days 2 hours and 17 minutes ago
    Standard memberpaulbuchmanfromfics
    Indeed, I have read it. It's a great book. How could I part with one of my most prized chess possessions? Even it weren't for the superb collection of games, the sentimentality of it alone wouldn't allow me to do it. Believe or not, I told someone about it, and they offered me a good bit of money for my copy, but I couldn't sell it.
    You better see what happened to those other two copies. LOL

    Speaking of earlier, more fun times, I have just pulled a stack of books from my gambit days. Bucker and Bloodgood's books on 1.d4 e5 are in my hands right now. I'm going back to the glory days of tactical carefree chess soon.

    My old chess digest pamplets that I treasure are The Smith-Morra Gambit Accepted by Ken Smith and Larsen's 2.f4 VS The Sicilian (purchased from the personal library of Bruce Pandolfini).
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