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Larry Christiansen
L Christiansen 
Photo copyright © 2007, courtesy of Pittsburgh Chess Club.  
Number of games in database: 1,497
Years covered: 1971 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2567
Highest rating achieved in database: 2625

Overall record: +562 -282 =580 (59.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 73 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (76) 
    B23 B30 B31 B90 B22
 King's Indian (71) 
    E81 E77 E84 E80 E92
 Queen's Indian (54) 
    E12 E15 E16 E17 E14
 English, 1 c4 e5 (51) 
    A29 A28 A21 A27 A22
 English (50) 
    A16 A10 A18 A13 A19
 Nimzo Indian (42) 
    E41 E54 E48 E45 E21
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (143) 
    B30 B32 B42 B22 B46
 Queen's Pawn Game (71) 
    A46 E00 A41 A40 A45
 Caro-Kann (44) 
    B17 B13 B14 B18 B10
 Queen's Indian (44) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E14
 Nimzo Indian (43) 
    E32 E20 E38 E21 E54
 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 J B 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?]
   United States Championship (1983)
   Reykjavik Open (1998)
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1978)
   Capablanca Memorial (1979)
   Linares (1981)
   United States Championship (2002)
   United States Championship (1994)
   Bundesliga 1993/94 (1994)
   First Lady's Cup (1982)
   New York Open (1989)
   Hastings 1978/79 (1979)
   Szirak Interzonal (1987)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Larry's Lovely Art by fredthebear
   Storming The Barricades by jakaiden
   Storming The Barricades Compiled by jakaiden by fredthebear
   USA Championship 1986 by Chessdreamer
   Biel 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Munich 1991 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 US Senior Championship
   L Christiansen vs Yermolinsky (Oct-19-20) 1-0
   Benjamin vs L Christiansen (Oct-19-20) 1/2-1/2
   L Christiansen vs D Gurevich (Oct-19-20) 1/2-1/2
   Kaidanov vs L Christiansen (Oct-18-20) 1/2-1/2
   Shabalov vs L Christiansen (Oct-18-20) 1-0

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(born Jun-27-1956, 65 years old) United States of America

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Larry Mark Christiansen was born in Riverside, California. Christiansen has gained a reputation as a very strong attacking player. He is an eleven time member of the United States Olympiad team, and he earned his Grandmaster title in 1977 after winning at Torremolinos in that same year.

Three-time winner of the US Championships in 1980 (1), 1983 (2) and 2002 (3), he has also won three United States Open crowns. His international wins include 1st place at Linares in 1979 and in 1981, the latter jointly with Anatoly Karpov. Some other 1st place finishes include Cologne 1988, Wiesbaden 1994, Reykjavik 1998, and Essen 1999. His strong result in the US Chess Championship (2013) qualified him for the World Cup (2013), where he lost to Frenchmen 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. (1)

He has written two books, Storming the Barricades (2000) and Rocking the Ramparts (2004).

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

Last updated: 2018-06-27 00:16:12

 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,529  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. 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 62; games 1-25 of 1,529  PGN Download
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Jun-27-12  waustad: Happy b'day.
Jun-27-12  RookFile: He's been giving free simuls in South Station in Boston lately.
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  ketchuplover: happy birthday young man :)
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  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"]
[Date "2012-08-14"]
[Round "1"]
[TimeControl "25-board simul"]
[White "GM Larry Christiansen"]
[Black "Chess for life"]
[WhiteElo "2652"]
[BlackElo "1670"]
[Result "1-0"]

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! 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. Quite entertaining.

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:
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
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.
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