Larsen’s Opening: 1.b3 | Chess Openings Explained

Caleb Denby tours through the flank opening 1.b3, popularized by Danish grandmaster Bent Larsen. See three of the most classic games of Larsen’s Opening.

Bent Larsen vs Brian Eley, Hastings 7273 (1972): A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack, modern variation

Baadur Jobava vs Zaven Andriasian, Fujairah Masters (2012): A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack, modern variation

Bent Larsen vs Raymond Keene, Teesside (1972): A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack, classical variation


  1. I feel after keeping the bishop in B2, one should forget about it and play the usual game with other pieces. The bishop will show its silent power on the center.

  2. Wonder if white could start with f4 and then play Nf3, b3 and B-b2… that would seem to get a stronger grip on e5 from the get go.

  3. Caleb reminds me of Kevin. Dont let him take a bow.

  4. Can you make a video about 3.f3 Grunfeld defense?

  5. Brian Eley wasn't a GM (whatever else he may have been)

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