Grandmaster Lecture Friday 3/15 – Free for Members!

Rochester Chess Club

is proud to present

An evening with

GM Larry Christiansen


Former United States Chess Champion GM Larry Christiansen will be giving a 90 minute lecture via Skype on Friday, March 15, 2013, in the Geffen Auditorium, Gonda Building Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the lecture beginning at 7:30.  Admission is FREE to RCC Members and $10.00 to non-members.

Larry Christiansen grew up in Riverside, California and joined the Riverside Chess Club in 1967. He became a master in 1971, won the 1971 National High School Championship that same year and repeated that success in 1972 and 73.

Larry won the US Junior Championship 1973-75 and represented the US in the World Junior Championship twice in Teeside 1973 (3rd) and Tjientiste, Yugoslavia (2nd). In 1977 Christiansen became a Grandmaster, becoming one of the few players (including Mikhail Tal) to go directly from Master to Grandmaster without holding the intermediate title of International Master.

In 1978 Christiansen left college to work for the Church’s Fried Chicken Corp. as their chess goodwill ambassador. He traveled across the US and Canada giving lectures and simultaneous exhibitions .

In 1980 Larry shared the title of US Champion with Walter Browne and Larry Evans and repeated that success in 1983.  Larry came close to capturing the title all through the 1980s and 1990s until he won it clear in 2002 ahead of Nick de Firmian.

Larry has represented the USA in 11 Chess Olympiads and has won over 25 international tournaments including Torremolinos 1977,  LInares 1979, LInares 1981 (with Karpov), Munich 1991, Reykjavik 1998, and Merida 1998.

In 1990 Larry married his wife Natasha.  They moved to Germany that same year where Larry was a member of the powerful German chess team from Porz.  He also competed in the Swiss chess league from 1992-1996.

He currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with Natasha where he teaches chess and is active in the US Chess League with occasional tournaments.


For more information, contact:    Mike McKinley                  507-254-1126

                                      Dennis Mays          507-254-6809  and

Lots of updates!

Tuesday – Tuesday night will be a casual night and club ladder challenge.  Some of us are planning to prepare for the TCCL matches on Friday night.

Larry C Lecture – A huge thanks to Dennis Mays and Mike McKinley for setting up another lecture with Grandmaster Larry Christiansen!  Larry C lecture details.

March G/90 – Only 1 spot [Updated 11:20PM] remaining!  We are going to cap the tournament at 16 players so please sign-up soon if you’re interested.

Winter Open Results – We had some club members with strong performances at the Minnesota Winter Open this year.  Rob Newshutz scored 3.5/5 in the very difficult Premier section.  Ben Schimke continued his successful streak from his last 3 tournaments and tied for 2nd place in the Bantam section with an impressive 4/5 points.  Winter Open crosstable.

Rochester Grand Winter Open Results (Facebook page for pictures)

In the premier section Matt Jensen tied for 2nd place with 4/5.  Roy Knuth (2.5), Maor Leker Locker (2), George Berg (2),  and Tim Schimke (1.5) all gained rating points in the section.

In the amateur section Larry Jasperson tied for 3rd place with 3.5/5.  Daniel Freiburger (2.5), Richard Huang (2.5), Ben Yan (2) all gained rating points.

Ben Schimke proved once again his rating hasn’t caught up with his play and won clear 2nd place in the Reserve section.

In the Bantam section Nate Harmsen tied for 8th place out of 26 gaining some rating points.

Check out the facebook page for pictures of the event.  USCF Crosstable.

New Game Added

Jack Fulsom added a nice TCCL victory to our games page with annotations by both Jack and Matt.

National Master Scott Riester Analyzing Games on Tuesday

Tuesday:  National Master and Minnesota Master/Expert Class Champion Scott Riester will be analyzing our games on Tuesday.   Free for members and $5 for non-members.  We will start around 6:30 PM.  It will also be a casual night for those interested in playing some games on the side.

March G/90:  We are up to 9 players for the March G/90 tournament!  Please check out our list and send Matt an email or sign-up at club if you are interested in joining.

Rochester Grand Winter Open:  This is one of the two large tournaments we run in Rochester every year.  Please see the RGWO page for details and register online.

Free Book Giveaway:  Jack and Matt will be starting the free book giveaways back up soon.  If you have any books to donate please drop them off at the club.


Stay tuned for information on a live lecture from Grandmaster Larry Christiansen with RCC members!  We are finalizing the details with Larry C.