Chess Grandmaster Larry Christiansen Challenges Boston University Academy Team

in Boston University Academy, News Releases, Student News
September 11th, 2002

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 |

Boston, MA — A blindfolded Larry Christiansen, U.S. Chess Federation grandmaster and former U.S. champion, will challenge the Boston University Academy Chess Club at an inaugural event on Thursday, September 12. The blindfold will not be Christiansen’s only handicap; he will play all 10 members of BU Academy’s team -simultaneously.

Christiansen, U.S. co-champion in 1980 and 1983, has represented the United States eight times in the bi-annual chess Olympiads events as a player. At the 1998 Olympiad, he was the non-playing captain of the U.S. team that brought home the silver medal, narrowly missing the gold. He will coach the Boston University Academy Chess Club for the academic year 2002 and 2003. The newly-formed Chess Club includes a ninth-grader who is ranked by the U.S. Chess Federation. Further information on the Academy can be found at

Currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Christiansen is still an active player and can frequently be found playing and teaching chess on the Internet’s World Chess Network. Considered one of the greatest attacking players in the history of American chess, Christiansen’s latest achievement is the publication of his book “Storming the Barricades.”

For further information on this event, please call Rachel Silverman, Boston University Academy, at 671/353-9000 or e-mail her at
Event: Grandmaster Larry Christiansen Versus Boston University Academy
Chess Club

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2002 Time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Place: Boston University Academy, Game Room 1 University Road Boston, Mass.

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