Aleksandr Lenderman

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Alex Lenderman, Toluca 2011

Aleksandr "Alex" Lenderman (born September 23, 1989 in Leningrad)[1] is an American chess grandmaster. He won the 2005 World Under-16 Championship in Belfort with a score of 9/10 (+8 −0 =2),[2] 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 Saint Petersburg (then called Leningrad), he arrived with his family in Brooklyn when he was four.[3]

Chess career[edit]

Lenderman earned three Grandmaster norms in quick succession in the summer of 2009:

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.

He played for USA team in the 2015 World Team Chess Championship in Tsaghkadzor and scored 5/7, winning the gold medal on second board.[5] Lenderman 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.[6]

Lenderman plays on the Internet Chess Club under the handle 'manest' and gives free simuls periodically.


  1. ^ GM title application FIDE
  2. ^ "2005 World Youth Chess Championship". ChessBase. 4 August 2005. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  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. ^ McGourty, Colin (30 April 2015). "China wins the World Team Championship". chess24. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Doggers, Peter (7 July 2015). "Lenderman 1st On Tiebreak At World Open". Retrieved 26 August 2015. 

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