Flash Report: Lenderman Wins 2021 U.S. Open

Grandmaster Aleksandr Lenderman drew his Round Nine game with GM Benjamin Gledura to win the 2021 U.S. Open with a score of 8.5/9. Play is still ongoing, but as no one can catch Lenderman, the win is his.

Aleks Lenderman
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GM Aleksandr Lenderman (Hartmann)

[pgn][Event "US Open"] [Site "lichess.org"] [Date "2021.08.08"] [Round "9"] [White "Gledura, Benjamin"] [Black "Lenderman, Aleksandr"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C01"] [PlyCount "67"] [EventDate "2021.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bd3 Bd6 6. Qe2+ Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Re1 Re8 9. Bg5 Be6 10. Nbd2 h6 11. Bh4 Nc6 12. Bb5 Bd7 13. Bxc6 Bxc6 14. Ne5 Bd7 15. Qf3 Be6 16. c3 c6 17. Ng6 Bd6 18. Bxf6 Qxf6 19. Qxf6 gxf6 20. Nh4 f5 21. Re2 f6 22. Rae1 Kf7 23. Nb3 b6 24. Nc1 c5 25. dxc5 bxc5 26. Nd3 f4 27. g3 fxg3 28. hxg3 a5 29. a3 a4 30. Ng2 Bf5 31. Rxe8 Rxe8 32. Rxe8 Kxe8 33. Ngf4 Kd7 34. Kf1 1/2-1/2 [/pgn]

CLO will have a full report tomorrow.


Understandable why Alex would accept a draw, but this endgame is winning for black! Would've been cool to see him go 9/9

Yes that would have been cool, but Alex is a professional chess player. He made the pragmatic decision to accept the draw because that was all he needed to guarantee sole first place title, prize money and automatic qualification for the closed US championship next Spring in St. Louis. As you said it is understandable.

Congrats to GM Lenderman for his outstanding performance!  It is true that he had a winning position in the final game; however, history does not pay the bills for a professional GM.  Lenderman only needed a draw to clinch and he achieved the objective. There was no financial incentive for Alex to play on in that position(ie hint hint, US Open needs to have a special prize for perfect score).  Please note that with all winners, one has to have a little bit of luck. Lenderman was in deep trouble against SM Joseph Zeltsan in Round 6, but 2 inaccuracies by his opponent allowed Alex to turn the battle.  


Incredible , nice Alex, I’m Uncle Car, James Nguyen God Father, thank you for taking time to tutor my talented Godson, 13 years old now . PS, I’ve seen you in Philadelphia @ tournament, I was w/my Vietnamese family

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