Despite not being introduced to chess until his teens, Larry learned the game at a blistering pace, being one of the few players to skip the International Master title completely on his way to Grandmaster. Christiansen is a three-time U.S. Champion, winning the event in 1980, 1983, and most recently in 2002. Larry has also had much success on the international chess scene, most notably winning the Linares super-tournament twice. Famous for his attacking style, Christiansen has written two books on the subject: “Storming the Barricades” in 2000 and its sequel, “Rocking the Ramparts,” in 2004. He was inducted in the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 2008. Larry currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and when he’s not teaching you’ll frequently find him binging one-minute games on the internet. You can be sure he’ll bring his renowned tactical skills to the event.