Larry Mark Christiansen, born June 27, 1956, became an International Grandmaster without ever being an International Master first. In 1977 he was awarded the title after winning an international tournament in Torremolinos, Spain (he took 2nd place in the same tournament a year before). He is also the first junior high school player to win the National High School Championship in 1971. He won it again in 1973. He won the U.S. Junior Championship in 1973, 1974, and 1975. He won the US Chess Championship in 1980, 1983, and 2002. He took 2nd place in the World Junion Championship in 1975 (won by Valery Chekhov). He has been runner-up to the US championship four times. In the 1980s he was sponsored by Church’s Fried Chicken to play simultaneous and blindfold exhibitions throughout the United States.