Larry Christiansen


U.S. Chess

Hall of Fame

Inducted 2008







Like many chess greats, Larry Christiansen found success early, becoming the first junior high school student to win the National High School Championship in 1971. He then followed this honor with victories at the U.S. Junior Championship in 1973, 1974, and 1975. He accomplished another rare feat in 1977, when he became a grandmaster without first attaining International master status. In the ensuing decades, Christiansen has won the U.S. Championship three times (1980, 1983, and 2002), represented the U.S. at 11 Olympiads, and was a member of the gold-medal World Team in 1993. He has won more than 15 International tournaments, including a first-place tie with Anatoly Karpov at Linares. While living in Germany, he competed in a number of European tournaments, as well as the prestigious Bundesliga team league.

Known for his aggressive, tactical style, Christiansen has published two highly acclaimed books emphasizing the attack: Storming the Barricades in 2000 and Rocking the Ramparts in 2004. He is also an enthusiastic teacher, an avid Internet chess player, and hosts an Internet radio program, “Attack with Larry C,” on Chess.FM. A native of Southern California, he now resides in Cambridge, Mass., and plays for the Boston Blitz of the United States Chess League.

Notable Games

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GM Larry Christiansen and Jóhann Hjartarson compete at the 1986 Dubai Chess Olympiad
Collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame, gift of the U.S. Chess Trust
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GMs Larry Christiansen playing IM Emmauel Senador and Yasser Seirawan at the 1992 Chess Olympiad
Collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame, gift of the U.S. Chess Trust