Born in Leningrad, Russia, at age four Aleksandr arrived in Brooklyn with his family and quickly began to cultivate his love of the royal game. Lenderman was part of the ‘dream team’ at his high school, winning four straight national titles. During the 2008 USCF Grand Prix, Alex scored higher than all of the competing GM’s by playing and championing smaller events, including WCL tournaments. After placing first in the 2009 Atlantic Open he went on to win the 2009 Grand Prix, and co-champion the 2009 U.S. Open. GM Lenderman earned his three Grandmaster norms in quick succession in the summer of 2009 and formally obtained the GM title in 2010. In 2015, the young American Grandmaster helped the U.S. team bring home the gold medal at the World Chess Championship and then went on to win the 2015 World Open. Last year he produced impressive performances at the Chess World Cup and the Chess.com Isle of Man Open in September. This experienced GM is a strong and exciting addition to this year’s already very strong field.