GM Aleksander Lenderman Wins Long Island Chess Open
The 8th annual Long Island Chess Open, played March 28-30 at Ramada Inn MacArthur Airport in Holtsville (Suffolk County), was the largest open tournament ever held in New York’s Suffolk or Nassau counties. 202 players competed for a $12,000 guaranteed prize fund, easily surpassing the previous record of 161 set at the 2012 Long Island Open.
The Open Section included four Grandmasters and three International Masters, and the GMs, Aleksander Lenderman, Giorgi Margvelashvili, Ioan Chirila, and Mikheil Kekelidze, showed why they had the four highest USCF ratings in the field, scoring 4-1 to share the top four prizes. They won $750 each, except for Lenderman, who won the title and an additional $100 on tiebreak.
Four players tied for the Under 2300 class prizes: 11-year old New York State JHS Champion David Brodsky (whose rating reached 2200 for the first time), 11-year old WFM Akshita Gorti, 11-year old Aravind Kumar, and 13-year old Zachary Tanenbaum. The Under 2100 Section was won by 14-year old Warren Wang and the Under 1700 saw a 5-0 sweep by 9-year old Erik Brodsky, David’s brother. No, this was not a scholastic tournament!
The Under 1300 Section was won by Timothy Zhigulin and the Under 900 Section by Vicente Quispe. Full results and prizes are available at www.longislandopen.net.
Three teams tied for the mixed doubles prizes, receiving $300 each ($150 per player). Aleksander Lenderman was a winner here too, along with Ella Papenek as they scored 6 ½ out of 10. The other teams with the same score were Sarah Ascherman-Mike Hehir and Evelyn Zhu-Robert Guevara.
The tournament was sponsored by the Continental Chess Association and directed by Bill Goichberg and Harold Stenzel. (USchess.org)
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