NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Chess Club will host grandmaster Aleksandr Lenderman on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection.
Lenderman will present a lecture followed by a simultaneous chess exhibition beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the church, at 1910 Stanley Street.
For more than 10 years, Lenderman has been participating in chess tournaments as well as serving as a coach, instructor and mentor for students of all ages.
He is best known for his winning titles in the 2005 World Youth Under-16 Chess Championship, 2015 World Open Chess Championship and the 2017 U.S. Open Chess Championship.
Lenderman earned the grandmaster title in 2010 and holds a mathematics degree from Brooklyn College in New York.
Founded in 1901, the New Britain Chess Club formed with 33 chess enthusiasts, led by John Kirkham in a building in the downtown district.
While chess was a popular pastime in the early 20th century and many clubs were founded then, the start of World War I caused many to disband.
The New Britain Chess Club reemerged in the late 1920s, although the exact year is unclear due to lack of records from the group.
Over the course of its 117-year history, the club went through many changes, including new leadership, several relocations, loss of membership and increased community involvement.
In 2014, the club moved to its current location at the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection.
The New Britain Chess Club is the largest chess club in the state. The club meets every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. for casual and tournament play.