Aleksandr Lenderman

New York City
Chess Highlights: 
2009 USCF Grand Prix Winner; 2009 U.S. Open; 2009 Atlantic Open: First Place; 2008 USCF Grand Prix Winner; Gold Medal winner at the 2005 World Youth Chess Championship

Alex Lenderman first started playing chess with his grandfather when he was 9. From 2004-2007, he attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a member of the super-team that won four straight, national high-school titles. The journey of this high-school chess dream team was documented in the 2007 book The Kings of New York, by Michael Weinreb.

Since that time, Alex has been a formidable force in the chess world and has solidified himself as a young rising star. In 2008, he managed to barely edge GM Sergey Kudrin to win the USCF's Grand Prix, and in 2009, he ran away with the competition.

Lenderman is an active member of the renowned Marshall Chess Club in New York City and was crowned the Marshall Chess Club Champion in December 2013, beating Kudrin and IM Aleksandr Ostrovskiy in the process.  He has played in more than 20 rated events since the start of 2014 and will be a formidable contender in this year's championship.