At the age of 12, Gunnar Andersen had a rating of 500 USCF. In 2 years, he increased it to 1800, then in another year to 2000, then finally to 2200- rewarding him the title of National Master. Gunnar attributes his rapid rise in rating to an undying love for chess, discipline and healthy amounts of hard work. Gunnar has competed in several strong open tournaments, such as the National Open in Las Vegas, Chicago Open in Illinois, the US Open in 2015 and 2016 in Arizona and Indiana respectively, as well as the World Open in Pennsylvania.
Gunnar’s peak rating is 2300, the second highest in the state. Gunnar’s rating is behind only IM Michal Mulyar, who doesn’t play in Colorado.
Gunnar has represented the state of Colorado in the Denker Tournament of High School State Championships, a prestigious event attended by the High School State Champion of all 50 states every year, 3 times, finishing in the top half in his Junior and Senior years. (2015 and 2016 respectively)
In 2015, Gunnar represented the state of Colorado in a match against the state of New Mexico under the Master-Expert section, and was chosen to represent Colorado again in the same section in 2016.
In 2016, Gunnar played in 25 tournaments in Colorado and won 13 of them, including the Colorado Class Championships with a 4.5/5 score in the Master-Expert section- a rating performance of 2517. Gunnar has competed with great success in scholastic chess in Colorado- having scored 1st place in the Colorado State Scholastic Chess Championships a total of 4 times- only losing on tiebreaks in his Sophomore year.
Gunnar has experience teaching at chess camps for 3 years, and has done private lessons for just over 2 years.
One day, Gunnar aspires to become a Grandmaster of chess!
When did you start playing Chess? Why?
I started playing chess when I was 8 years old, my dad thought it would be good to play. I quit playing when I was 10, and started again at 12.
What is your most memorable game?
My favorite games were Andersen-Zhiji Li 2016 and Ginat-Andersen 2016, these games were both very exciting and are exhibitions of the kind of chess that captivates me!
What is your favorite piece?
The thing that interests me the most about pieces is how they fluctuate in value, so pawns are my favorite.
Why do you like teaching chess?
I like teaching first and foremost because I feel very passionate about chess, and I want to share my passion with others. I love seeing students learn from their mistakes so that they can become the absolute best chess players that they can be.
What do you enjoy besides chess?
I am very interested in health and fitness- although chess is my favorite thing by far. Right now I am getting a degree in information technology, and I find that interesting as well.
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