Chess champion to give talk, play exhibition Saturday

Published on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:32
Written by Angie DeRosa


NEW BRITAIN -American chess grandmaster Aleksandr Lenderman will be at the Armenian Church of the Holy Ressurection Saturday for an event hosted by the New Britain Chess Club.

Lenderman will give a lecture of about an hour starting at 10:30 a.m. at the church, at 1910 Stanley St. Afterward, a simultaneous chess exhibition will be held.

For more than 10 years, Lenderman has been participating in tournaments as well as serving as a coach, instructor and mentor for students of all ages.

He is best known for winning titles in the 2005 World Youth Under-16 Chess Championship, 2015 World Open and the 2017 U.S. Open.

Lenderman, who earned the grandmaster rank in 2010, 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.

Today, 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.

Those interested in attending must register online at or at the door.

Admission is $5-$10 for members and $15-$30 for nonmembers.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:32. Updated: Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:34.