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Aleksandr Lenderman
Number of games in database: 491
Years covered: 2002 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2626 (2580 rapid, 2664 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2636
Overall record: +213 -96 =129 (63.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      53 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B21 B22 B56 B90 B42
 Slav (24) 
    D15 D11 D10 D16 D13
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E21 E47 E54 E44 E32
 King's Indian (17) 
    E94 E99 E92 E98 E90
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    E00 A40 A41 D02 A50
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D31 D37 D36 D38 D30
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (51) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B17
 Slav (33) 
    D12 D15 D10 D11 D17
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    D02 A40 D00 E10 D04
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C69 C64 C99 C84 C68
 French Defense (16) 
    C07 C11 C18 C16 C02
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E20 E21 E34 E54 E44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Fridman vs Lenderman, 2010 0-1
   Lenderman vs S Zierk, 2012 1-0
   Lenderman vs Shirov, 2012 1-0
   K Cottrell vs Lenderman, 2006 0-1
   Onischuk vs Lenderman, 2014 0-1
   J Sanjuan vs Lenderman, 2004 0-1
   Lenderman vs K W Troff, 2012 1-0
   Lenderman vs S Berndt, 2012 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs Lenderman, 2014 1/2-1/2
   Lenderman vs S Sloan, 2007 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   National Open (2012)
   US Championship (2014)
   112th US Open (2011)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   15th Unive Open (2011)
   United States Chess League (2008)
   Dutch Open (2011)
   FIDE World Team Championship (2015)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Millionaire Chess (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   39th World Open (2011)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2003 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer
   2010 Montreal open by gauer

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(born Sep-23-1989, 26 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

[what is this?]
Grandmaster from Brooklyn. Winner of the 2005 Boys Under-16 title at the World Youth Chess Championship. In 2007, he won the USCF National High School (K-12) Chess Championship. He won first place (after tiebreaks) at the 112th US Open (2011), and first place (again after tiebreaks) at the 2015 World Open.

References: (1)

Wikipedia article: Aleksandr Lenderman

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 491  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Lenderman vs J Sarkar  ½-½47 2002 New York Masters 32ndB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
2. M Kurtzman vs Lenderman  1-046 2002 USA-chT Amateur EastB12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. Lenderman vs Soos 1-063 2003 Budapest FS08 IMB15 Caro-Kann
4. T Bopp vs Lenderman  0-142 2003 Budapest FS08 IMA20 English
5. A Karklins vs Lenderman  1-052 2003 Philadelphia NCC 34thC50 Giuoco Piano
6. Lenderman vs M Hrabusa  1-061 2003 Wch U14C78 Ruy Lopez
7. M Zucchelli vs Lenderman  1-084 2003 Budapest FS08 IME75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
8. Lenderman vs D Werner  1-035 2003 Budapest FS08 IMC10 French
9. Lenderman vs D Larino Nieto  1-068 2003 Wch U14C14 French, Classical
10. E Margolin vs Lenderman  1-075 2003 Wch U14D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Lenderman vs M Chetverik  ½-½22 2003 FSIM AugustB02 Alekhine's Defense
12. Lenderman vs D Berczes  1-032 2003 Budapest FS08 IMB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. G Pirisi vs Lenderman  0-158 2003 Budapest FS08 IMC50 Giuoco Piano
14. Lenderman vs A Eisenbeiser  1-043 2003 Budapest FS08 IMB41 Sicilian, Kan
15. Lenderman vs Kanna T U Navin  1-050 2003 Wch U14C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. J Dourerassou vs Lenderman  1-069 2003 Wch U14C42 Petrov Defense
17. Lenderman vs L Eperjesi  1-080 2003 Budapest FS08 IMB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. C Paci vs Lenderman  0-162 2003 Budapest FS08 IME06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
19. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Lenderman  1-046 2003 Wch U14C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
20. Lenderman vs J Bonin  0-152 2003 New York Masters 46thB10 Caro-Kann
21. Lenderman vs R Panjwani  1-041 2003 Wch U14B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
22. M Baldauf vs Lenderman  ½-½51 2003 Wch U14C90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Lenderman vs J A Nilssen  ½-½36 2003 Budapest FS08 IMB32 Sicilian
24. L D'Costa vs Lenderman  1-051 2003 Budapest FS08 IME92 King's Indian
25. M Dougherty vs Lenderman  1-032 2003 Philadelphia NCC 34thC24 Bishop's Opening
 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 491  PGN Download
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Feb-05-10  HeMateMe: <desiobu> thanks for the directions, I just played through it. Nice combo. Looks like a puzzle from a tactics book. I don't see the finish, though. white has two pieces for the Queen, but there is no mate, and I don't see white picking up any more bodacious material.

Does anyone see the finishing line for this?

Feb-06-10  mrriddler: For the Lenderman-Krush game. It's there I think. If Black king moves: 32... Kg7, 33. Nh5+, Kg6 34. Rg8+ is winning material/mate.

If not: 32...Rf6. 33. Rd8d7! Can't imagine double rooks on seventh being bad here. Although I can't find a win myself after 33...Qb1 defending h7.

Eh, well I think white can win the a-pawn and push his own? Lenderman must have a much more efficient win.

Feb-06-10  HeMateMe: In the game notes krush said that Lenderman would win more material, thats whey she resigned, but the best line wasn't given.

She also said that she missed a defensive resource a move or two earlier, her back rank rook is on the wrong file; otherwise AL can't make the Queen sac.

Feb-26-10  wanabe2000: Alex is playing in the Reykjavik Open. Round three is underway. Live at
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  PhilFeeley: Why isn't the Lenderman-Krush game here?
Jun-20-10  JG27Pyth: They need to update Lenderman's bio, he's a GM now... and nearly 2600 as of this writing *June 20 2010, Fide 2598* Ranked 214th among active players world wide. Brooklyn representin'!
Jun-20-10  HeMateMe: <Brooklyn representin'!>

Ron Artest likes to yell "Queensbridge!" when interviewed. Maybe Lenderman can yell "Borough Park!" or "Greenpoint!", to punctuate his interviews?

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  wordfunph: "Thirteen percent of my life is spent on ICC."

- GM Alex Lenderman (Game of Kings by Michael Weinreb)

Oct-12-11  dx9293: Alex won the Open tournament held alongside the Bilbao Final Masters on tiebreeak with 6.5/8, along with GM Ilmars Starostits (Latvia), and FM Alejandro Ruiz Gomez (Spain). 7 GMs and 7 IMs competed in the tournament. First prize was 2,500 Euros.
Nov-01-11  dx9293: After finishing tied 4th-7th place in Hoogeveen (with Nyzhnyk, Grover, and Zherebukh, behind Tiviakov, Ernst, and Van Kampen, Alex is currently tied for the lead in Bad Wiessee (GER), with 4/4. There are 12 other GMs with the same score, in a field of more than 460 players. In Round 5 he has White against L-D Nisipeanu, whose rating has somehow slipped to 2638.

Now at 2581 on the November FIDE Rating List, he has a good chance to return to the 2600 club soon.

I told Alex in August that he should go to Europe and play tournaments for at least four months. He probably didn't go because of my advice, but I'm glad he went and is doing a great job! Go Alex!

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  technical draw: No comments since November last year. They'll be more if Lenderman beats Kamsky today.
Jun-18-12  dx9293: Congratulations to the 2012 National Open Champion!
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  notyetagm: 2/2 start for Lenderman at the Bundesliga this year.

Bundesliga (2012)/Aleksandr Lenderman

Jan-10-13  latviangambit: Alex is an outstanding young man. Lets hope he gets more invites especially given his fairly recent win over A Shirov in St. Pete. and that very nice draw vs Naka in 2012 US Championships.

At the very least the organizers of this years US Ch. should invite GM Lenderman.

Feb-07-13  Mudphudder: Did he drop out of college to become a professional chess player?
Feb-07-13  dx9293: <Mudphudder> Yes.
May-12-14  ketchuplover: He's doing well at the current US championship event
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  norami: I vaguely recall a bizarre story about a twelve-year-old girl who stabbed another girl in order to impress Lenderman.
Feb-11-15  Moszkowski012273: Lenderman and Dlugy just had a best of 20 blitz match at Columbia University. Lenderman won it by a good solid three or four games.
Apr-28-15  ketchuplover: He's doing well at the world team championships
Apr-28-15  dx9293: Alex has apparently won the Gold Medal on Board 2 of the World Team Championship with 5/7 ahead of Ivanchuk (who he defeated) among others. In the last round he defeated Lazaro Bruzon (2691), helping USA reach a tie for 4th (with Russia) after being ranked 9th of 10 teams by rating entering the event (no Nakamura, So, or Kamsky...or even Robson for that matter).
Apr-29-15  dumbgai: Nice win against Ivanchuk: Lenderman vs Ivanchuk, 2015
Jun-04-15  HeMateMe: Lenderman is ranked world no. 149, and 15th in the USA. I'm surprised, I thought he was higher than this. He seems to play pretty well in international competitions.


I'm wondering if at some point he can be on an Olympiad team with Caruana, Nakamura and So? Sam Sevian is ranked world no. 306, but has higher potential because he is only 14-15 years old. Sevian is also ranked around 15 in the USA. Perhaps it will be Guam's Roy Robson who joins the big three?

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  Penguincw: Aleksandr Lenderman won the World Open with a score of 7/9 (+5,-0,=4). However, he was tied with Rauf Mamedov on tiebreaks, so there was an Armageddon game, which he won.
Oct-13-15  Moszkowski012273: That game is online somewhere in video and its awesome... Gonna try and find it...
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