Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Bent Larsen.
White to move and win except where noted.

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a)
White Mates in 4. Larsen vs Suboticanec, Zagreb, 1955
r4r1k/pp4R1/3pN1p1/3P2Qp/1q2Ppn1/8/6PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ Kxh7 Qe7+ ]



b) White Mates in 3. Larsen vs Hansen, Tonder, 1956
r3q1rk/1pp3pb/pb5Q/3pB3/3P4/2P2N1P/PP1N2P1/7K w - - 0 1

c)
White Mates in 7. 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. 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. Larsen vs Geza Fuster, Portoroz, 1958
2r4k/3n4/3Pp2p/3pPpN1/3P4/4P3/Prp3RP/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ ]



Larsen Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Larsen vs Borislav Ivkov, Halle, 1963
r6k/1pp1r1bp/3q2p1/p1R1pp2/Nn3P2/BP1P2P1/P2QPR1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa5 ]

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

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

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

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

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Larsen Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Larsen vs Efim Geller, Copenhagen, 1966
1r1r2k1/5p1p/1p2pbp1/1Np5/P4qn1/1P3P1Q/1BP1R1PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg4 Qxg4 fxg4 if Bxb2 c3 ]

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

c)
Larsen vs Oscar Panno, Palma de Majorca, 1969
6r1/1p3q1k/3p3p/1Pp2p1n/2P2P1b/2BP1Q1B/7P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Bxf5+ ]



d) White Mates in 3. Larsen vs Martinez, San Juan, 1969
3rb1k1/p3nNpp/1ppq4/5Q2/1b6/1P1P3P/P1P3B1/BK3R2 w - - 0 1

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

Larsen Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Larsen vs Wolfgang Uhlmann, Aarhus, 1971
2r1b1k1/ppN2pbp/4q1p1/4n3/4P3/4B3/PPQ1B1PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 ]

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

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

d)
Larsen vs Svetozar Gligoric, Manila, 1974
r3r2k/1b2bp2/4pp1B/4P3/1ppN2P1/7R/PpP4P/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 if exf5 Bf8+ mates or if Kh7 Nxe7 ]

e)
Larsen vs Vitaly Tseshkovsky, Ljubljana/Portoroz, 1977
5k2/2R5/3pb1Bp/2pr3P/5P2/6K1/5P2/8 w - - 0 1
[ f5 if Bg8 f6 Be6 Re7 ]



Larsen Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Larsen vs Bjorn Brinck-Claussen, Esbjerg, 1978
5kn1/1p1b1p2/1q3Pp1/3pP3/Pp1P4/1PrB1N2/3Q1K2/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8 w/Rxg8+ ]

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

c)
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 ]

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

e)
Larsen vs Yasser Seirawan, Mar del Plata, 1982
r2rb1k1/1pq2pp1/p3pn1p/P3b3/3N4/1BP1BQ1P/1P3PP1/R3R2K w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 fxe6 Bb6 Qc6 Qxc6 w/Bxd8 & Rxe5 ]

Larsen Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 3. Larsen vs Jan Timman, Linares, 1987
R2Q4/6k1/3p1qp1/3n2p1/1p1r1p2/3B1P2/2P3PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ ]

b)
Larsen vs Michael Adams, London, 1989
1r1r4/1n3pbk/QNq1pnpp/4p3/2P5/R2PB1PP/3N1P1K/1R6 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 Qxa6 Nxf6+ Bxf6 Rxa6 Rd7 Ne4 Bg7 Rab6 w/Nd6 ]

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

d)
Larsen vs William Watson, London, 1991
r4bk1/3n1ppp/3p2b1/p2PpN2/qnQ1P3/6N1/1P1B1PPP/1BR3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc2 Qa2 Qxa2 Nxa2 Ra1 ]

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

Larsen Puzzles, Part VII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Larsen vs Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Vienna, 1993
5k2/8/2N1P1Rp/5rpP/1p1K4/1P3r2/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ e7+ if Kf7 Rg7+ ]

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

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

d)
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 ]

e)
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+ ]

Larsen Puzzles, Part VIII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Ingi Johannsson vs Larsen, Munich, 1958
2b3k1/6q1/2p1p1p1/1pP1n3/1B2P3/3B2P1/4Q2P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd7 if Bc2 Qd4+ ]

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

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

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

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

Larsen Puzzles, Part IX. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Borislav Ivkov vs Larsen, Bled, 1965
2r5/1b4pk/4p2p/p4q2/1p3B2/P5Q1/1P3PPP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc4 if Be3 Rg4 ]

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

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

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

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

Larsen Puzzles, Part X. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Stefano Tatai vs Larsen, Palma de Majorca, 1971
k1r5/3n2p1/pp3n1p/4p2P/r7/P4P2/1PqNQBP1/KR2R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc3 ]

b)
Dusan Rajkovic vs Larsen, Hastings, 1973
8/1pk2p2/p7/3Rp3/PPP3n1/2K3P1/2B4r/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc2+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 9. Josip Rukavina vs Larsen, Leningrad, 1973
5rk1/pp5p/3p2p1/2pPb2q/1n2P3/1PN3P1/PB1QP1KP/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf2+ Kxf2 Qxh2+ ]

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

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

Larsen Puzzles, Part XI. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Bozidar Ivanovic vs Larsen, Niksic, 1983
r4rk1/4bppp/8/1pq2bP1/1B5P/1B2p3/PPP5/2K1QRR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa2 Kb1 Bxc2+ Bxc2 Qa7 if Kc1 Bxb4 ]

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

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

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

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

Larsen Puzzles, Part XII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Erling Mortensen vs Larsen, Aalborg, 1989
r2qr3/1p3pkp/2bp2p1/4p3/1PPnP3/8/2BQNPPP/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc2 Qxc2 Ba4 ]

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

c)
Black Mates in 5. Jorgen Kristensen vs Larsen, Aars, 1995
3B2k1/1b2bpp1/p3p2p/4q2r/P2Q4/1N1B1P1n/1PP3P1/3R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg3 if Bxe7 Nf2+ ]

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

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

f)
Roger Moor vs Larsen, Zurich, 1998
8/5p1B/1p1n1k2/p2pp2p/P2P2pP/1PK1P1P1/5P2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4 ]

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