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|Jun-27-11|| ||kingfu: Yo, Christiansen
I want a re-match. I have some vacation coming, soon. I am going to Memphis. Then I am going to do Highway 61 Revisited to New Orleans. Jude Acers shall be first.
Where you at, Larry?
Oh, by the way, Happy Birthday!
|Jun-27-11|| ||kingfu: Come on Larry.
Let us play CHESS!
You were born in Riverside, California.
There is an Italian Family that moved there from Chicago. Romano's Pizza. They make the best pizza in LA.
I will meet you there and will we eat some Pizza Pie.
AND we will play some CHESS!!
|Jun-27-11|| ||I play the Fred: On most dudes, the mustache is an appalling anti-fashion statement.|
In Larry C's case, the exact opposite is true. Grow the 'stache back Larry!
|Jun-27-11|| ||OneArmedScissor: larry should grow a beard|
|Jun-27-11|| ||Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday! Larry Christiansen!|
|Jun-27-11|| ||DrMAL: Happy Birthday Friend :-)|
|Jun-27-11|| ||WhiteRook48: happy birthday GM Christiansen!|
|Jun-27-12|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday!|
|Jun-27-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: Happy 56th Birthday, GM Christiansen!
|Jun-27-12|| ||andrewjsacks: Happy birthday, Larry. Thank you for all you did for Southern California and American chess. Hope you're well.|
|Jun-27-12|| ||TheBish: Happy birthday Larry! Born in '56, and now 56. Somebody should update your bio, to mention that you are one of just a few players (don't know who the others are, but the list is short) to bypass the IM title on the way to getting the GM title.|
I enjoyed hanging with you while you lived in Modesto (my hometown), and beating you in a simul in Reno (albeit with a blunder on your part). I look forward to playing you again, whether in a simul or the upcoming US Open (stranger things have happened). Going to study your book "Storming the Barricades" again -- maybe it will help me finally make Master!
|Jun-27-12|| ||waustad: Happy b'day.|
|Jun-27-12|| ||RookFile: He's been giving free simuls in South Station in Boston lately.|
|Jun-27-12|| ||ketchuplover: happy birthday young man :)|
|Aug-15-12|| ||Chess for life: <RookFile: He's been giving free simuls in South Station in Boston lately.> Yeah, I went yesterday. Obviously I lost, but I understand there's only about one winner each time, out of about 30 opponents (there's a maximum of 25 boards going on at once at any given moment, but some people replace players who've already lost). Simul-givers are pretty unbelievable, don't know how they do it. Here is my game. I thought he was going to mate me shortly after the end of the opening, but it turns out his win was a little slower than that. I'm surprised at how long I lasted.|
[Event "Larry Christiansen simul"]
[Site "South Station, Boston, MA"]
[TimeControl "25-board simul"]
[White "GM Larry Christiansen"]
[Black "Chess for life"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Be3 Be7
8. Qe2 a6 9. O-O-O Qc7 10. Bb3 O-O 11. g4 Na5 12. Rhg1 Nxb3+ 13. axb3 b5
14. g5 Nd7 15. Rg3 Bb7 16. Nd5 Qd8 17. Qh5 Re8 18. Nf5 exf5 19. exf5 Bxd5
20. Rxd5 Nf6 21. gxf6 Bxf6 22. Rh3 h6 23. Rd1 Rc8 24. Kb1 Qc7 25. c3 Bxc3
26. Rc1 b4 27. Bxh6 Re1 28. Bd2 Rxc1+ 29. Bxc1 Kf8 30. bxc3 bxc3 31. f6 c2+
32. Ka2 gxf6 33. Qh8+ Ke7 34. Re3+ Kd7 35. Qh3+ Kd8 36. Qh8+ Kd7 37. Qxf6
Qa5+ 38. Kb2 Qd5 39. Qe7+ 1-0
|Aug-15-12|| ||Strongest Force: Larry still playing at icc? He told me he hangs with Rogoff sometimes.|
|Nov-20-12|| ||Cemoblanca: A great GM & an even better author! http://www.amazon.com/Rocking-Rampa... is still in my library! Great book! Thank you Larry! :)|
|Jun-27-13|| ||talisman: happy birthday champ!|
|Jul-16-13|| ||waustad: I was glad to see his name playing in the world Cup. He's the 95th seed playing Laurent Fressinet in the first round. If nothing else it is nice seeing somebody with his name playing in Scandanavia.|
|Jul-28-14|| ||Helios727: Christiansen and Shirazi both played in the Southern California Open Championship in 1986 in San Diego. It was a six round Swiss tournament. Unfortunately none of those games have shown up here, except maybe that game with the Fidelity computer against Shirazi. I remember that he beat a computer in that tournament.|
|Aug-12-14|| ||moraga97: I knew him casually when I was freelancing as an illustrator for the Player's Chess News in Los Angeles in the early 80's. I was studying at Art Center in Pasadena, and was a fan of chess, so had secured a job drawing pen and ink portraits of players whose games were featured in the paper.
I would drop off my artwork at their office in Silverlake, collect a check from Larry, and hang around to watch him play blitz against the staff. He would usually play 1 or 2 minutes against their 5, depending on their playing strength. The only way they might win would be to muddy up the position while Larry was ripping it open, and hopefully run down his clock.
In 1983, I did some design work for the failed Korchnoi-Kasparov match which was to be held in Pasadena in conjunction with the U.S. Open. Since the match was defaulted, Korchnoi was seeded into the U.S. Open, where he faced off with Christiansen in a tense, late round fight, with both players sending their rooks onto their opponent's 7th rank. I was sketching the players from a few feet away. During the game, Larry suddenly noticed me in the throng around the table, stood up, pulled my check out of his shirt pocket, silently handed it to me with a brief nod, then returned straight away to do battle with Viktor. Though that game ended in a draw, Larry tied with Viktor for 1st place in the tournament.
|Oct-18-14|| ||waustad: He has a student who is doing quite well. Naturally the journalist didn't get the distinction between the World Youth and World Junior Champonships, but that trips up many. Here is the article: http://www.thespec.com/whatson-stor...|
|May-26-15|| ||TheFocus: <There is no easy way to develop tactical skill. I learned tactics from simple trial and error and continuous inspection of combination books like Fred Reinfeld's 1001 Sacs and Combinations. Blitz games can be a useful way to cram as much chessboard experience as possible into a short amount of time and a good way to become familiar with tactical patterns. Reviewing classic games with a chessboard is another good way to grasp essential tactical points. All players at GM level are extremely proficient tactically (some more than others) and can deduce basic combinations and tactics almost instantly> - Larry Christiansen in his book: Storming the Barricades, p. 27.|
|May-26-15|| ||TheFocus: <I've seen lots of players reach their peak and then stop all forward progress. Then they become useless hacks, good only for donating blood> - Larry Christiansen.|
|Mar-16-16|| ||Party Animal: Larry's makeup looks like Ziggy Stardust. ; P|
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