Lenderman wins 2011 U.S. Open
Orlando International Airport where the Hyatt Hotel resides. One should never miss a flight! Photos by Daaim Shabazz.
Aleksandr Lenderman has had a lot of fortune as of late. He was awarded the Samford Fellowship, a $42,000 award for top young chessplayers and now has joined the hallowed halls of those having won the prestigious U.S. Open title. While it is not certain if Lenderman did his dance, he would have been more than justified after beating GM Alejandro Ramirez in the blitz tiebreak.
GM Aleksandr Lenderman
Six other GMs equaled Lenderman’s 7.5/9 including Hikaru Nakamura who was a late entrant. Lenderman held Nakamura in the last round to prevent him from winning outright. Nakamura did however win the blitz event with a clean 14/14 with Robert Perez a distant second on 11/14. The result is another example that the balance of power has switched to younger players.
Lenderman chatting with Hikaru Nakamura after a tense draw.
Photos: The Chess Drum
Hyatt at Orlando International Airport
FMs Sunil Weeramantry and Kazim Gulamali
Tamar Gelashvili vs. FM Kazim Gulamali (1-0)
GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Julio Becerra
Top Section (round #8)
IM John Bartholomew
GM Aleksandr Lenderman vs. GM Hikaru Nakamura (1/2-1/2)
IM Daniel Naroditsky (right) vs. NM Michael Brown (1-0)
Top Section (Round #9)
Brana Gianocristofaro of Monroi.
GM Alejandro Ramirez (Costa Rica) vs. GM Julio Sadarro (Philippines) (1-0)
NM Damir Student vs. Majur Juac
GM Loek Van Wely (Netherlands)
Reece Thompson, nominee for coolest lid!
Sorry… another nominee! 🙂
Majur Juac of South Sudan, world’s newest country. USCF Rating: 2183
WIM Lorena Zepeda of El Salvador
It’s safe to say that the room was NOT filled to capacity.
USCF chess shop
Mix-and-match chess sets. I bought orange and forest green. They are the colors of the university where I teach so I’ll replace the black and white that’s in my office.