Aleksandr Lenderman

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Aleksandr Lenderman
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Alex Lenderman, Toluca 2011
Full name Александр Лендерман
Country United States
Born (1989-09-23) 23 September 1989 (age 28)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2609 (December 2017)
Peak rating 2636 (May 2015)

Aleksandr "Alex" Lenderman (born 23 September 1989) is an American chess grandmaster. He won the 2005 World Under-16 Championship in Belfort with a score of 9/10 (+8 −0 =2),[1] becoming the first American to win a gold medal at the World Youth Chess Championship since Tal Shaked won the World Junior Championship in 1997.

Born in Leningrad,[2] he arrived with his family in Brooklyn when he was four.[3]

Chess career[edit]

Lenderman attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn where, from 2004–2007, he was part of the "dream team" winning four straight national high school titles for the school, along with now International Master Salvijus Bercys. He played an important role in the book The Kings of New York, by Gotham Press, 2007.

Lenderman was first in the 2008 USCF Grand Prix, scoring higher than all the grandmasters he competed against by playing and championing in smaller events, including WCL tournaments.

In 2009, he announced after completing his second year at Brooklyn College, he planned to end his studies there and become a professional chess player. He finished first in the 2009 Atlantic Open, in front of several other GMs.[4] He also won the 2009 USCF Grand Prix and was a co-champion of the 2009 U.S. Open. Lenderman earned three Grandmaster norms in quick succession in the summer of 2009:

In 2014 he won the 18th Open International Bavarian Chess Championship in Bad Wiessee on tiebreak over Robert Hovhannisyan and Ante Saric, after they all tied for first with a score of 7.5/9 points.[5]

Lenderman played for USA team in the 2015 World Team Chess Championship in Tsaghkadzor and scored 5/7, winning the gold medal on the second board.[6] He won the 2015 World Open after beating Rauf Mamedov in an armageddon playoff; the two had the best tiebreak among eight players who tied for first place with 7/9.[7]

In September 2017, Lenderman participated in the Chess World Cup as the #104 seed in the field of 128 players. He upset Pavel Eljanov 2-0 in the first round and Aryan Tari 1.5-0.5 in the second, before losing on tiebreak in the third round to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Later in the same month, Lenderman played in the Isle of Man Open, where he finished with a record of +3-0=6, which included a win against Francisco Vallejo Pons, and a performance rating of 2768. His final score of 6/9 placed him in joint 10th to 18th place.[8]


  1. ^ "2005 World Youth Chess Championship". ChessBase. 4 August 2005. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  2. ^ GM title application FIDE
  3. ^ Bondy, Filip (19 November 2011). "End Zone: Chess is king in King's County". New York Daily News. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Lenderman Takes Atlantic Open". US Chess Federation. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "GM Aleksandr Lenderman is the lucky winner of 18. OIBM Bad Wiessee 2014". Chessdom. 2014-11-03. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Martínez, David (30 April 2015). "China, again. Hello, domination!". chess24. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Doggers, Peter (7 July 2015). "Lenderman 1st On Tiebreak At World Open". Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  8. ^ " Isle of Man Open - Masters". Retrieved 1 October 2017. 

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