Larry Christiansen

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Larry Christiansen
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Larry Christiansen at the 2002 U.S. Chess Championships in Seattle, Washington
Full nameLarry Christiansen
CountryUnited States
Born (1956-06-27) June 27, 1956 (age 62)
Riverside, CA
FIDE rating2574 (February 2019)

Larry M. Christiansen (born June 27, 1956) is a chess Grandmaster who grew up in Riverside, California, United States, and was the U.S. champion in 1980, 1983, and 2002.


Christiansen showed exceptional strength at an early age. In 1971, he became the first junior high school student to win the National High School Championship. He went on to win three invitational U.S. Junior Championships in 1973, 1974, and 1975. In 1977, at age 21, he became a Grandmaster without first having been an International Master, an accomplishment shared by only a handful of others. Christiansen tied for first place with Anatoly Karpov at Linares 1981. He won the 2001 Canadian Open Chess Championship. He also won Curaçao 2008[1] and the Bermuda Open 2011.[2]

Christiansen played on the United States Olympiad teams of 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996 and 2002.[3]

Christiansen describes his playing style as "aggressive-tactical" and he lists his favorite opening as the Sämisch King's Indian. He is the author of two popular chess books that showcase his aggressive style: Storming the Barricades (2000) and Rocking the Ramparts (2004).

Christiansen is also renowned for his quick wit and humor, as well as his enthusiasm for teaching students. He is also one of the most prolific internet chess players, having played tens of thousands of games online on ICC (Internet Chess Club).


  • Christiansen, Larry (2000). Storming the Barricades. Gambit Publications. ISBN 978-1-901983-25-8.
  • Christiansen, Larry (2004). Rocking the Ramparts. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-8776-3

Notable games[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chessvine Article, "Curacao 2008 - Larry Christiansen Wins!" Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Chess Life Online "Larry Christiansen Wins Bermuda Open"
  3. ^ Wojciech Bartelski. "OlimpBase Men's Chess Olympiads Larry Christiansen". Retrieved 2012-03-12.

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Preceded by
Lubomir Kavalek
United States Chess Champion
1980 (with Walter Browne and Larry Evans)
Succeeded by
Walter Browne and Yasser Seirawan
Preceded by
Walter Browne and Yasser Seirawan
United States Chess Champion
1983 (with Walter Browne and Roman Dzindzichashvili)
Succeeded by
Lev Alburt
Preceded by
Joel Benjamin, Alexander Shabalov, and Yasser Seirawan
United States Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Alexander Shabalov