King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Bent Larsen.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.
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a)
White mates in 4.
Bent Larsen vs Suboticanec, Zagreb, 1955
r4r1k/pp4R1/3pN1p1/3P2Qp/1q2Ppn1/8/6PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ Kxh7 Qe7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Bent Larsen vs Hansen, Tonder, 1956
r3q1rk/1pp3pb/pb5Q/3pB3/3P4/2P2N1P/PP1N2P1/7K w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 Qg6 Qxh7+ Qxh7 Nf7# ]

c)
White mates in 7.
Bent Larsen vs Jorge Behrensen, Mar del Plata, 1958
r6k/pp3r1p/2p3pQ/3p1q2/3P4/7P/PP2RPP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ Rf8 R1e7 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Bent Larsen vs Oleg Neikirkh, Munich, 1958
6k1/6p1/4R1P1/1qP2p1p/pp1P1B1P/1P6/5P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ c6 Qxc6 Rxc6 Kf8 Re6 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Bent Larsen vs Geza Fuster, Portoroz, 1958
2r4k/3n4/3Pp2p/3pPpN1/3P4/4P3/Prp3RP/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ Kh7 Rcg1 ]

1b)
mate in 3
Bent Larsen vs Hansen

Bent Larsen puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ingi Johannsson vs Bent Larsen, Munich, 1958
2b3k1/6q1/2p1p1p1/1pP1n3/1B2P3/3B2P1/4Q2P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd7 if Bc2 Qd4+ ]

b)
James Sherwin vs Bent Larsen, Portoroz, 1958
6k1/2q5/p5r1/1p3p1R/7K/P1P1Q2P/1P6/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd8+ Rg5 Kh7 w/...Kh6 ]

c)
Jan-Hein Donner vs Bent Larsen, Beverwijk, 1961
4Q3/1pkn3q/p2p4/2pP3p/2P1R2P/1K6/PP2N1r1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe2 if Rxe2 Qd3+ Ka4 Qxc4+ mates ]

d)
Wolfgang Uhlmann vs Bent Larsen, Beverwijk, 1961
6r1/p6k/1p2b1qp/2n1P3/Pp1B4/4Q2P/5R1K/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nb3 if Rd1 Nxd4 ]

e)
Milan Matulovic vs Bent Larsen, Zurich, 1961
5B2/5Rpk/p2N3p/1p6/4K3/PP3pq1/1P6/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...f2 if Bxg7 Qg6+ w/...Qxf7 ]

2c)
Jan-Hein Donner vs Bent Larsen

Bent Larsen puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bent Larsen vs Borislav Ivkov, Halle, 1963
r6k/1pp1r1bp/3q2p1/p1R1pp2/Nn3P2/BP1P2P1/P2QPR1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa5 ]

b)
Bent Larsen vs Burkhard Malich, Halle, 1963
r1r3k1/1p2qpbp/p4np1/2n2b2/P1BNp3/Q1N1P1B1/1P3PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5 gxf5 Bd6 ]

c)
White mates in 8.
Bent Larsen vs Borge Andersen, Odense, 1963
7r/3qr2k/1p1Nn1pb/2pQ4/P3P2R/6P1/1PP3K1/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ if Kg8 Rf8+ Kg7 Qe5+ Kxh6 Nf5+ or if Kg7 Qe5+ or if Kxh6 Rh1+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Bent Larsen vs Dragoljub Ciric, Belgrade, 1964
5nk1/2N2p2/2b2Qp1/p3PpNp/2qP3P/6P1/5P1K/8 w - - 0 1
[ e6 Be8 Nxe8 ]

e)
Bent Larsen vs Arthur Dunkelblum, Beverwijk, 1964
2rn1r2/pp1qppk1/6pp/2pnPb2/P2pN3/1QPP2P1/1P1BP1BP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc5 if Rxc5 cxd4 ]

3e)
Bent Larsen vs Arthur Dunkelblum

Bent Larsen puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Borislav Ivkov vs Bent Larsen, Bled, 1965
2r5/1b4pk/4p2p/p4q2/1p3B2/P5Q1/1P3PPP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc4 if Be3 Rg4 ]

b)
Bent Larsen vs Efim Geller, Copenhagen, 1966
1r1r2k1/5p1p/1p2pbp1/1Np5/P4qn1/1P3P1Q/1BP1R1PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg4 Qxg4 fxg4 if Bxb2 c3 ]

c)
Bent Larsen vs A Davie, Dundee, 1967
4b1k1/5pbp/3p2p1/q2Bp3/1pQ5/4B1P1/PP2PP2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ if Bxf7 Qc8+ Bf8 Bh6 mates or if Kf8 Bxe8 w/Qg8+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Heikki Westerinen vs Bent Larsen, Habana, 1967
4r1k1/5ppp/p2p4/4r3/1pNn4/1P6/1PPK2PP/R3R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ gxf3 Rd5+ ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Vlastimil Hort vs Bent Larsen, Sousse, 1967
8/2r2pk1/3p2p1/3Pb3/2P1P2K/6r1/1R2B3/1R6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Kh6 ]

4b)
Bent Larsen vs Efim Geller

Bent Larsen puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bent Larsen vs Oscar Panno, Palma de Majorca, 1969
6r1/1p3q1k/3p3p/1Pp2p1n/2P2P1b/2BP1Q1B/7P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Bxf5+ if Qxf5 Qxb7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Bent Larsen vs Martinez, San Juan, 1969
3rb1k1/p3nNpp/1ppq4/5Q2/1b6/1P1P3P/P1P3B1/BK3R2 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ Kh8 Qf8+ ]

c)
Bent Larsen vs Kavalek, Lugano I, 1970
1r3kr1/p5b1/3pq1Q1/2p2p2/2P5/4Pn2/PB6/K2R3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7+ if Ke7 Bf8+ Rbxf8 Rh7+ mates ]

d)
Sameer Sursock vs Bent Larsen, Siegen, 1970
r1b1kbr1/1p3p1p/pq1ppp2/4n3/3NP3/1BN5/PPP2PPP/R2Q1RK1 b q - 0 1
[ ...Qxd4 if Qxd4 Nf3+ ]

e)
Norman Weinstein vs Bent Larsen, USA, 1970
2r3k1/2q2ppp/p3p3/3b2P1/Pp5P/1Pr1BP2/2PR1Q2/1K5R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxb3 if cxb3 Rc1+ or if Rc1 Ba2+ ]

5d)
Sameer Sursock vs Bent Larsen

Bent Larsen puzzles, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bent Larsen vs Wolfgang Uhlmann, Aarhus, 1971
2r1b1k1/ppN2pbp/4q1p1/4n3/4P3/4B3/PPQ1B1PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 ]

b)
Stefano Tatai vs Bent Larsen, Palma de Majorca, 1971
k1r5/3n2p1/pp3n1p/4p2P/r7/P4P2/1PqNQBP1/KR2R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc3 if g3 Rcxa3+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Bent Larsen vs Stephan Popel, USA, 1972
1q4r1/n2R1p1p/p3pbk1/1p4N1/1P6/2P1Q1P1/P3BP1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe4+ Kxg5 Qg4+ Kh6 Qh5+ ]

d)
Bent Larsen vs Brian Eley, Hastings, 1973
r2qr1k1/p1p1bp2/2p3p1/3p4/2P1p1Q1/1P1nP1NP/PB1P2P1/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 Kxf7 Rf1+ Bf6 Bxf6 ]

e)
Roman Bordell Rosell vs Bent Larsen, Zaragoza, 1976
2b1k2r/p2pppb1/2p3p1/8/3nQ3/2B3P1/P3PPBq/3RRK2 b k - 0 1
[ ...d5 if Qe3 Bh3 mates ]

6c)
mate in 5
Bent Larsen vs Stephan Popel

Bent Larsen puzzles, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 9.
Josip Rukavina vs Bent Larsen, Leningrad, 1973
5rk1/pp5p/3p2p1/2pPb2q/1n2P3/1PN3P1/PB1QP1KP/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf2+ Kxf2 Qxh2+ ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Bent Larsen vs Bjorn Brinck-Claussen, Esbjerg, 1978
5kn1/1p1b1p2/1q3Pp1/3pP3/Pp1P4/1PrB1N2/3Q1K2/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8 w/Rxg8+ ]

c)
White mates in 8.
Bent Larsen vs Kenneth Rogoff, Lone Pine, 1978
3qr1r1/pk2bb2/2p1pp2/7p/1PBP3p/2P2QB1/5PP1/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa7+ if Kxa7 Qxc6 ]

d)
Bent Larsen vs Gudmundur Sigurjonsson, Reykjavik, 1978
5rb1/3Rn2p/prp2kp1/5p2/4pN1P/1P4P1/P3PP2/3RN1K1 w - - 0 1
[ R1d6+ if Ke5 Nfd3+ or if Kf7 Nd5 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Bent Larsen vs Zoltan Ribli, Riga, 1979
2QR4/6b1/1p4pk/7p/5n1P/4rq2/5P2/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ ]

f)
Borislav Ivkov vs Bent Larsen, Buenos Aires, 1979
8/p2pppk1/1p4p1/1P1P3p/P4PP1/2bQPNKP/1q6/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...h4+ Nxh4 Be1+ ]

7a)
mate in 9
Josip Rukavina vs Bent Larsen

Bent Larsen puzzles, pt. viii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bozidar Ivanovic vs Bent Larsen, Niksic, 1983
r4rk1/4bppp/8/1pq2bP1/1B5P/1B2p3/PPP5/2K1QRR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa2 Kb1 Bxc2+ Bxc2 Qa7 if Kc1 Bxb4 or if Ba3 Bxa3 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Jan Timman vs Bent Larsen, Niksic, 1983
5bk1/1Q3p2/1Np4p/6p1/8/1P2P1PK/4q2P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 ]

c)
Nigel Short vs Bent Larsen, Naestved, 1985
2rq2k1/1p3p1p/p5pb/2P5/2QB4/P1R2P2/4r1PP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...b5 if Qb4 a5 ]

d)
Jorge Behrensen vs Bent Larsen, Argentina, 1986
1RQ5/5pk1/6p1/P1p4p/2P2P2/3q2rP/7K/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2+ if Kxg3 h4+ Kxh4 Qf2+ Kg4 f5+ ]

e)
Larry Remlinger vs Bent Larsen, Reykjavik, 1986
8/6pk/3R4/3Qnq1p/3Brp2/2P4P/6P1/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...f3 if g4 hxg4 Rd8 gxh3 ]

8d)
Jorge Behrensen vs Bent Larsen

Bent Larsen puzzles, pt. ix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Bent Larsen vs Jan Timman, Linares, 1987
R2Q4/6k1/3p1qp1/3n2p1/1p1r1p2/3B1P2/2P3PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ ]

b)
Bent Larsen vs Michael Adams, London, 1989
1r1r4/1n3pbk/QNq1pnpp/4p3/2P5/R2PB1PP/3N1P1K/1R6 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 Qxa6 Nxf6+ Bxf6 Rxa6 Rxd3 Ne4 Bg7 Ba7 ]

c)
Erling Mortensen vs Bent Larsen, Aalborg, 1989
r2qr3/1p3pkp/2bp2p1/4p3/1PPnP3/8/2BQNPPP/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc2 Qxc2 Ba4 ]

d)
Gilles Miralles vs Bent Larsen, Cannes, 1989
r3r1k1/1b3p1p/5qp1/B1R1b3/p2p4/8/PP1Q1PPP/3R1BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxh2+ if Kxh2 Qd6+ or if Kh1 Bf4 Qc2 Qh4+ ]

e)
Bent Larsen vs Daniel King, Hastings, 1991
1rb1n3/N1r2p1k/np1p2q1/p3p2p/P1P1P2P/1P1NQ1P1/3R2B1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc8 Rbxc8 Bh3 if Rd8 Bf5 ]

9e)
Bent Larsen vs Daniel King

Bent Larsen puzzles, pt. x.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bent Larsen vs William Watson, London, 1991
r4bk1/3n1ppp/3p2b1/p2PpN2/qnQ1P3/6N1/1P1B1PPP/1BR3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc2 Qa2 Qxa2 Nxa2 Ra1 ]

b)
White mates in 8.
Bent Larsen vs Jens Kristiansen, Lyngby, 1991
3R4/pqr3kp/r3ppp1/4N2P/1P2pP2/2P3P1/5P2/3Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ Kxg8 Qd8+ Kg7 h6+ Kxh6 Ng4+ ]

c)
Bent Larsen vs Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Vienna, 1993
5k2/8/2N1P1Rp/5rpP/1p1K4/1P3r2/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ e7+ if Kf7 Rg7+ ]

d)
Bent Larsen vs Ruben Casafus, San Martin, 1994
3q1rk1/5p1p/p4pp1/2p5/2P2Pb1/3nP1PP/Pr1QN1B1/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb2 ]

e)
Bent Larsen vs Rodolfo Garbarino, San Martin, 1995
1R1bk2r/p1p5/2P1p1p1/5p2/2p1N1np/B3P2P/P4P2/6K1 w k - 0 1
[ Nd6+ if Ke7 Nxc4+ ]

10b)
mate in 8
Bent Larsen vs Jens Kristiansen

Bent Larsen puzzles, pt. xi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
Jorgen Kristensen vs Bent Larsen, Aars, 1995
3B2k1/1b2bpp1/p3p2p/4q2r/P2Q4/1N1B1P1n/1PP3P1/3R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg3 if Bxe7 Nf2+ ]

b)
Bent Larsen vs Enrique Borrego Mata, Mondariz, 1996
1r3rk1/7p/p2pp1b1/8/2p1qP2/2Q1B3/PPP5/K5RR w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ if hxg6 Qh8+ Kf7 Rh7+ Ke8 Qg7 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Gisela Fischdick vs Bent Larsen, Meisdorf, 1996
2r5/p1qp1kpp/b4p2/3P4/2nQ1P2/3p2N1/PP4PP/1K1RN3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2+ ]

d)
Eric Lobron vs Bent Larsen, Bad Homburg, 1998
8/p2R4/1p3pk1/1P3p2/P5pP/4NnP1/4KP2/2r5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ Kd3 Ne5+ ]

e)
Bent Larsen vs Pablo Zarnicki, Buenos Aires, 2002
1q6/4k2P/4b3/8/8/K2B4/1pQ5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qc5+ if Kf6 h8/Q+ w/Qd4+ or if Kf7 Qh5+ or if Kd7 Bb5+ ]

11d)
Eric Lobron vs Bent Larsen

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