GM Lenderman Chess Tip: Go for the Win Like Carlsen, Nakamura

This is what GM Aleksander Lenderman has to say about improving your chess play in tournaments “It’s all in your head. It’s like I have the soccer system (3 points for a win, 1 for a draw) in my head, even in tournaments where it doesn’t apply. In most games, humans will give you a chance to win at some point.”

GM Aleksander Lenderman has just won a clear first at the National Chess Open in Las Vegas with 5.5/6, earning $6400. In the penultimate round against GM Alexander Bykhovsky, Lenderman was up a pawn but his opponent’s strong knight seemed to give him full compensation. “He could have just repeated moves after Kd4 with Nc5″, Lenderman said, “but he wanted to play for a win.”

This time, it didn’t work out for Bykhovsky but Lenderman shares the fighting spirit. “I’ve improved since the US Chess Championships on playing for a win. That’s the only way to get better. For instance, if you look at the top rated player in the country, Hikaru Nakamura and the World #1, Magnus Carlsen, they are always looking for winning chances.” Lenderman cited Carlsen’s win over Radjabov as a perfect example of the fighting spirit he is trying to emulate. “Look at how Carlsen outplayed him from an equal position.” Lenderman was speaking to Jennifer Shahade for the US Chess Federation.

Here is the nice Lenderman-Bykhovsky chess game from the National Chess Open.

Lenderman, Aleksandr – Bykhovsky, Anatoly

Result: 1-0
Site: Las Vegas
Date: ?

[…] 1.¤f3 c5 2.c4 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.¤xd4 ¤c6 5.e4 ¤f6 6.¤c3 d6 7.¥e2 ¤xd4 8.£xd4 ¥g7 9.¥e3 O-O 10.£d2 a5 11.f3 a4 12.¦c1 ¥e6 13.¤d5 ¤d7 14.O-O ¤c5 15.¦c2 ¥xd5 16.cxd5 £a5 17.£xa5 ¦xa5 18.¦fc1 b6 19.¥d2 ¦a7 20.¢f1 a3 21.bxa3 ¦xa3 22.¦b1 ¦fa8 23.¦xb6 ¥d4 24.¦b4 ¥e3 25.¥xe3 ¦xe3 26.¥c4 ¢g7 27.¦b1 f5 28.exf5 gxf5 29.¦e1 ¦xe1+ 30.¢xe1 ¢f6 31.¢d2 ¦a3 32.¦c3 ¦a4 33.¢e3 ¦b4 34.¦c2 ¢e5 35.g3 h5 36.a3 ¦b1 37.f4+ ¢f6 38.¦a2 ¤a4 39.¥d3 ¦c1 40.¦c2 ¦a1 41.¦c8 ¤c5 42.¥c2 ¦xa3+ 43.¢d4 ¦a2 44.¢c3 ¤e4+ 45.¢d4 h4 46.g4 ¤c5 47.¥xf5 ¦a4+ 48.¢e3 ¦a3+ 49.¢f2 ¦a2+ 50.¢g1 ¦a4 51.¦h8 ¦xf4 52.¦xh4 ¦d4 53.g5+ ¢xg5 54.¦xd4 ¢xf5 55.¢f2 ¢e5 56.¢e3 ¢f5 57.¦f4+ ¢e5 58.¦f7

7 Responses to “GM Lenderman Chess Tip: Go for the Win Like Carlsen, Nakamura”

  • chris, ny says:

    oh yeah. i know coupla those stories when tryin to take out a draw ha

  • ian says:

    Hi if i was to buy chess king would it be possible for me to publish games like this in the format you have done? on say facebook?

  • ian says:

    and if so is it easy to do?

  • admin says:

    It is extremely easy to publish games to your blog with Chess King. Just open the PGN, press the menu button export to blog, and copy and paste. The first time you do it you need to also copy some code to your template, and once you do it once the next times it takes just a second to copy the main code to your blog. You can see how it’s done in our video tutorial #23: .

  • ian says:

    thanks a lot so what do i need to buy for that just chess king or is there extras with it that you recommend to get as well?

  • Junior says:

    The answer to your qeotsiun is that it originates from the Persian expression Shah Mat which means the king is defeated, helpless, or abandoned. What was interesting was reading that it is a common misconception that Shah Mat means the king is dead. It makes sense that it doesn’t mean that when you think about the game, because you never actually take the king in chess. The game is over when the king is truly helpless, left to fate, or trapped. It is common to tip your king, but it is not to indicate that he is dead, but rather more of a surrender. Good qeotsiun!

  • Dima says:

    There is not much concept of Halloween in India and I know the traidtion somewhat. But Halloween or otherwise my congratulations Chess Queen. These photos are so striking and just lovely. You are a multifaceted person.

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