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: ?
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