Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Games that make an impression

Over the years I've come across games that seem to stick with me. Sometimes it is a particular way of treating an opening, other times it is just a wish to be able to play chess as well as the players involved.
The following game is a little bit of the former, and a lot of the latter. It is between Larsen and Olafsson, from their 1956 match, and from the moment I saw it, I wondered if it was always this easy to take apart 1.Nf3. Of course it isn't, but Olafsson seems to tear apart Larsen's position with moves that seem so natural that I often wonder if I'm missing the secret to how chess should be played!
(BTW I first discovered this game in Leonard Barden's 'How Good is Your Chess', where it served as a challenging but entertaining 'choose the move' exercise)

Larsen,Bent - Olafsson,Fridrik [A99]
Oslo m Oslo (7), 1955

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


One of my favorite games are Larsen - Gligoric (OL - Moscow 1956) 1-0.


Henrik Mortensen