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Larry Christiansen
L Christiansen 
Photo copyright © 2007, courtesy of Pittsburgh Chess Club.  
Number of games in database: 1,528
Years covered: 1971 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2567
Highest rating achieved in database: 2625

Overall record: +572 -289 =593 (59.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 74 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (79) 
    B23 B30 B40 B31 B52
 King's Indian (70) 
    E81 E77 E84 E80 E92
 Queen's Indian (54) 
    E12 E15 E16 E17 E14
 English, 1 c4 e5 (54) 
    A29 A28 A21 A27 A22
 English (49) 
    A16 A18 A10 A13 A19
 English, 1 c4 c5 (42) 
    A30 A33 A34 A35 A37
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (149) 
    B30 B42 B32 B22 B46
 Queen's Pawn Game (72) 
    A46 E00 A41 A40 A45
 Nimzo Indian (45) 
    E20 E32 E21 E38 E54
 Queen's Indian (44) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E14
 Caro-Kann (44) 
    B17 B13 B14 B18 B10
 Bogo Indian (40) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993 1-0
   Beliavsky vs L Christiansen, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Dardo Sergio Botto vs L Christiansen, 1975 0-1
   L Christiansen vs Seirawan, 1978 1-0
   L Christiansen vs Wojtkiewicz, 2006 1-0
   J L Burden vs L Christiansen, 1992 0-1
   L Christiansen vs L Gilden, 1976 1-0
   L Christiansen vs Campos Moreno, 1980 1-0
   L Christiansen vs Portisch, 1981 1-0
   L Christiansen vs M Zivanic, 2008 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Open (1998)
   Capablanca Memorial (1979)
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1978)
   Linares (1981)
   United States Championship (1994)
   United States Championship (2002)
   United States Championship (1983)
   Bundesliga 1993/94 (1994)
   First Lady's Cup (1982)
   New York Open (1989)
   Hastings 1978/79 (1979)
   Szirak Interzonal (1987)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Larry's Lovely Art by fredthebear
   Storming The Barricades by jakaiden
   Storming The Barricades Compiled by jakaiden by fredthebear
   Biel 1991 by suenteus po 147
   US Championsip 1987 by Phony Benoni
   Munich 1991 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 U.S. Senior Championships
   L Christiansen vs Dlugy (Jul-16-22) 1-0
   V Akopian vs L Christiansen (Jul-16-22) 0-1
   D Gurevich vs L Christiansen (Jul-16-22) 1/2-1/2
   D Gurevich vs L Christiansen (Jul-16-22) 1/2-1/2
   L Christiansen vs Shabalov (Jul-16-22) 0-1

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(born Jun-27-1956, 66 years old) United States of America

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Larry Mark Christiansen was born in Riverside, California. He is known as a very strong attacking player. He won the National High School Championship in 1971 while still in junior high school, the first ever to do so. He won three invitational U.S. Junior Championships. After winning Torremolinos 1977, he became a Grandmaster at the age of 21, skipping over the usual step of becoming an International Master first.

Christiansen won the U.S. Championship in 1980 (1), 1983 (2) and 2002 (3). He has also won the U.S. Open thrice. He won the 2009 U.S. Senior Championship. He is an eleven-time member of the United States Olympiad team. He was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 2000.

His international wins include 1st place at Linares in 1979 and in 1981, the latter jointly with Anatoly Karpov Cologne 1988, Wiesbaden 1994, Reykjavik 1998, Essen 1999, and the 2001 Canadian Open. His strong result in the United States Championship (2013) qualified him for the World Cup (2013), where he lost to Frenchman Laurent Fressinet in the first round. He was a frequent competitor at the Bundesliga in Germany.

Larry is also one of the most prolific Internet chess players, having played tens of thousands of games online at the Internet Chess Club under the handle "Larry C." (1)

Christiansen was editor-in-chief of the Players Chess News (1981-84). He has written a number of books, including 54th Hastings International Chess Congress 1978-1979 (1979); Tallinn 1979: VI Paul Keres Memorial Chess Tournament (1979); 1980 U.S. Championship (with Tim Redman) (1980); U.S. Championship 1983 (1983); Dutch Defense (with Jeremy Silman) (1989); On Top of the Chess World: The 1995 World Chess Championship Match (with John Fedorowicz and Ilya Gurevich (1995); Storming the Barricades (2000); and Rocking the Ramparts (2004).

Wikipedia article: Larry Christiansen; (1); (2); (3)

Last updated: 2023-03-19 06:46:33

 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,586  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Christiansen vs J MacPhail  0-1461971US Jnr OpenA25 English
2. L Christiansen vs Gheorghiu  0-177197172nd US OpenA10 English
3. L Christiansen vs I Romanenko  1-056197172nd US OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
4. L Binet Tapaszto vs L Christiansen  ½-½15197172nd US OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. L Christiansen vs W Cunningham  0-140197172nd US OpenE92 King's Indian
6. L Christiansen vs D Fritzinger  1-053197172nd US OpenD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
7. G Treppner vs L Christiansen  0-1301972Schilde,jrA07 King's Indian Attack
8. L Christiansen vs D Krystall 1-0201972Pacific Southwest OpA04 Reti Opening
9. L Christiansen vs Browne ½-½501972Lone PineA37 English, Symmetrical
10. W Martz vs L Christiansen  ½-½291972Lone PineA22 English
11. L Christiansen vs M Costa  1-0491972Lone PineA05 Reti Opening
12. E Martinovsky vs L Christiansen  1-0641972Lone PineA43 Old Benoni
13. L Christiansen vs T Hay  0-1411972Lone PineA05 Reti Opening
14. R Flacco vs L Christiansen  0-1371972Lone PineA22 English
15. L Gilden vs L Christiansen  0-1511972Lone PineB32 Sicilian
16. D Kopec vs L Christiansen  0-1291972USA-ch JuniorsB32 Sicilian
17. L Christiansen vs Beliavsky  0-1341973Teesside (England)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Beliavsky vs L Christiansen 1-0421973Wch U20 prel-AB32 Sicilian
19. L Christiansen vs A Mengarini  ½-½311973Lone PineD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. R J Gross vs L Christiansen 0-1121973Lone PineA53 Old Indian
21. L Christiansen vs C Barnes  1-0371973USA-ch jrB27 Sicilian
22. J L Peterson vs L Christiansen  0-1371973USA-ch jrB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. L Christiansen vs J Frankle  1-0411973USA-ch jrB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. D Berry vs L Christiansen  0-1251973USA-ch jrE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. A Watson vs L Christiansen 0-1231974Canadian opE15 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,586  PGN Download
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Mar-16-16  Party Animal: Larry's makeup looks like Ziggy Stardust. ; P
May-26-16  diagonal: quote (if you are *just* married - read it later):

Bio of Larry and Natasha Christiansen:

Jun-27-16  waustad: Welcome to sexigenarianism! Or however you spell that.
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  Fusilli: <diagonal> I think it's a pretty good quote.

"Attack with Larry C" is now my favorite video series on ICC. It used to be Yermo's "What every Russian schoolboy knows" but I got tired of Yermo's long rambling at the beginning of each video. I don't know if it's the software I use, but I can't jump to a different part of each video (or backup), so I am forced to watch the whole thing. But Larry goes straight into business and he is fast-paced.

Oct-13-17  zanzibar: Here's some advice on how to beat Larry:

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  saffuna: Nice advice by Christiansen there.
Jun-27-18  waustad: Happy birthday to a fascinating player. His commentary is amazing, since he goes into such unexpected tactical lines. I haven’t heard him recently, but chess broadcasting has changed dramatically in the last decade, not all for the better.
Jun-27-18  Granny O Doul: Not that he's ancient, but it is impressive to me that his current rating here (whatever it is based on) is just 51 points below his peak (whatever it is based on).
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  Richard Taylor: He used to be on a site I was on and he would challenge all comers. People would egg him on to sac say a R somewhere and then try to win. He mostly did. Very impressive lightening player. I have one of his books, 'Storming the Barricades'. I recall the stories he used to tell. Once I think he was commenting on a game (with audio and we could type suggestions etc) and I suggested a (bad idea): "No Richard, don't go there." He said. He was right of course.

He was also amusing. He put on a kind of exaggerated New York or some part of NY accent, and we could hear him eating potato chips as he played...The good old days...

Jun-27-18  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! Enjoyed the few blitz games on the Internet that we played over the years, and especially your commentaries. Thanks for all you did for American chess these last decades; all the best to you today, Larry.
Jun-27-18  Scuvy: I had the privilege of playing Christiansen in a 1980 simultaneous display at Eugene, Ore. during the Church's tour. After I lost, Larry graciously went over our game and showed me a couple of chances I missed. Happy Birthday to a gentleman of Chess!
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  Check It Out: Great to see all the admiration for an attacking legend.
Jun-27-22  Scuvy: Happy Birthday to a great attacking player! I have always admired Larry's commonsense approach to tactics and advice on how to improve. Just found a copy of "Rocking the Ramparts" at a used bookstore and am looking forward to going through it.
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  HeMateMe: Back when the USA had homegrown Olympiad talent!
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  Check It Out: I just went in to a used book store to see if any of the highly recommended GM Larry C's books were there. They had ONE chess book. The store owner blamed it on the internet; he said nobody is bringing chess books in anymore. I didn't quite get the logic of that.
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  perfidious: <CIO>, not sure I understand any more than you, but wherever I travel, used chess books are indeed tough to come by.
Jun-28-22  Z free or die: Well, finding a good used book store these days, of any type, is getting to be a challenge.

But, before Rodney's pulled out of Central Sq. (Cambridge), they had a pretty good chess book section (including old chess horizons with Alan Shaw games!) - and it was one of the better performing categories according to the owner.

He's pulled up stakes due to Covid and rent / lease issues - so he's only online these days.

Which seems rather scanty, though Keene's <Evolution of Chess Openings> is there.

See also:



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  Check It Out: <perf> <Z>

Where do chess books go when they die?/They don't go to stores where the rents are high/They go to a dump and get real fried/See 'em again when Houdini dies

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  HeMateMe: Fewer chess books are printed. So many game collections and latest tournaments are readily available for free on the internet. If there are fewer items in print there will be fewer bargains to be had at Good Will.
Jun-28-22  Z free or die: I'm an anachronism before my time!

Do I miss having good used bookstores in the neighborhood.


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  keypusher: If any of you are ever in the neighborhood, the Nashville Chess Center has a really nice library.

Also, the internet gives as well as takes -- I'm sure some of the books I own now I never would have found in a bookstore.

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  Check It Out: <keypusher> It's true, you can get just about any book you want online - but, it doesn't have the same thrill as finding a good one in a dusty used book store.
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  HeMateMe: I've moved several times and lost most of my chess books when I've moved (long story...) which includes all of those great used book store bargains like

1. Attack with Tal

2. My 60 Memorable games

3. Kasparov v. Deep Blue

4. Pawn Power

5. Secrets of Grandmaster endgames (Soltis)

6. Capablanca's best games

7. The Spassky Green Book.

8. Profile of a Prodigy (Fischer)

9. 400 Brilliant and instructive endgames (Troitzky)


Jun-30-22  Sally Simpson: Don't go to used books joints, people take their books there to sell, they will not get offered what they think they are worth so they either dump them, take them home or give them to a charity shop (if you want rid of them why not just the money)

A large proportion of my books came from charity shops.

You will usually find them in the Games/Sports/Hobbies section, although I did pick up a load of T D Harding and David Levy books in a computer section.

If the shop is busy DO NOT ask the person at the till if there any chess books.

The till person is usually a volunteer and won't know, they will shout out across the shop floor to the manager 'Are there any chess books?'

Everyone will turn around to look at the lone loser in a charity shop asking for chess books.

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  HeMateMe: Well, better that than a cross dresser looking for some reasonably priced items...

"Mable! We got any girl things that fit blokes?"

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