Larry Christiansen

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Larry Christiansen
Christiansen at the 2002 U.S. Chess Championships in Seattle, Washington
Full nameLarry Mark Christiansen
CountryUnited States
Born (1956-06-27) June 27, 1956 (age 67)
Riverside, California, U.S.
TitleGrandmaster (1977)
FIDE rating2579 (May 2024)
Peak rating2625 (July 1992)

Larry Mark Christiansen (born June 27, 1956) is an American chess player of Danish ancestry. He was awarded the title Grandmaster by FIDE in 1977. Christiansen was the U.S. champion in 1980, 1983, and 2002. He competed in the FIDE World Championship in 1998 and 2002, and in the FIDE World Cup in 2013.


Christiansen grew up in Riverside, California, United States. 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. 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 teams in the Chess Olympiad in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996 and 2002. He won the team silver medal in 1990 and the team bronze in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1996.[3]

Christiansen describes his playing style as "aggressive-tactical", and he lists his favorite opening as the Sämisch King's Indian.

Notable games[edit]


  • 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

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 March 12, 2012.

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Preceded by United States Chess Champion
1980 (with Walter Browne and Larry Evans)
Succeeded by
Preceded by United States Chess Champion
1983 (with Walter Browne and Roman Dzindzichashvili)
Succeeded by
Preceded by United States Chess Champion
Succeeded by