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Grandmaster Larry Christiansen
Revised: 09/09/2003

Phone: 617.441.9804

I am an accomplished grandmaster, residing in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 1998. I am available for lessons for chess students of all ages. Feel free to contact me at 617-441-9804 or

I am three-time US Champion (1980, 1983, and 2002 ), and four-time runner-up. In addition, I have represented the United States in the Chess Olympiad nine times. I had the honor of playing for the 1993 U.S. team that earned a gold medal in the World Team Championships, Lucerne, Switzerland in 1993. In addition, I have been captain of the U.S. Men's Olympiad Team twice, including in Kalmykia in 1998 where the team earned a silver medal, narrowly missing the gold. 

I have won over 20 international tournaments including Linares 1979, Linares 1981 (tying with world champion Anatoly Karpov) and Munich 1991 (ahead of Anand, Judit Polgar, Nunn, Beliavsky, etc.) In Wijk aan Zee 1993, I beat Karpov in a tournament game that is probably the quickest loss on record for a former world champion. 

I am the chess coach for the MIT club, and I have also coached the Rhode Island College chess club and have lectured at the Boston University Academy. 

My current students include 17-year old Josh Friedel (current New England Champion and in the top 5 under 18 in the USA) and 8-year old Andrew Wang (tied for 2nd in 2002 on his first trip to the National Grade Championship - 2nd Grade, tied for 3rd in 2003 National Elementary Championship, the 2003 Massachusetts K-3 State Champion and also one of the top nationally ranked player in his age category). 

I am the author of 10 books on chess including Storming the Barricades and Rocking the Ramparts. 

Here is one of my best games. 

White: Larry Christiansen 
Black Boris Spassky 
Linares 1981 
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 cxd5 exd5 5 Bg5 Be7 6 e3 0-0 7 Bd3 Nbd7 8 Nge2 Re8 9 Qc2 Nf8 10 h3 c6 11 g4 Bd7 12 0-0-0 Rc8 (12...Qa5 is better) 13 Kb1 b5 14 Nf4 a5 15 Bf5 a4 16 Nd3 (The knight is excellently placed here, where it influences the important squares c5 and e5) Bxf5 17 gxf5 (White has a half-open g-file to work with now) N8d7 18 Rhg1 Bf8 19 Rg2 c5? (19...a3 20 b3 Qa5 offers a better defense) 20 dxc5 Nxd5 21 Nxc5 Rxc5 22 Qd3 Kh8 23 Ne4!! (White exploits the pins along with the d-file as well as the h4-d8 diagonal) Rxe4 24 Qxe4 Qc8 25 Qd3 Ne4 26 f3 Nxg5 27 Rxg5 Be7 28 f6 Bxf6 29 Rxd5 h6 30 Rxc5 Qxc5 31 Rc1 1-0 

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