The Lenderman Method – GM Aleksandr Lenderman

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Master Method Series #05

Chess Gambits Explained: The Aleksandr Lenderman Method

The Lenderman Method – Gm Aleksandr Lenderman
The Lenderman Master Method

This superb 15-hour course from Super GM Aleksandr Lenderman (peak Elo 2636) reveals his method for playing dynamic chess gambits and attacking chess.

In each of the 8 chapters, GM Lenderman looks at a different type of sacrifices and chess opening gambits, from pawns in the opening all the way to Queens in the middlegame!

The aim of each sacrifice is to upset the balance and exchange material for activity, an attack or a long-term positional advantage, such as obtaining a key square or the bishop pair.

It’s actually this ability to disrupt the play and dictate proceedings that separate the very best players from everyone else.

GM Lenderman breaks down the inner workings of some of the most brilliant, creative play, lucidly explaining how and why the ideas work, giving you a rich repertoire of attacking chess, and in some cases, defensive resources.

Uniquely, GM Aleksandr Lenderman has chosen some little-known brilliancies by the strongest players on the planet – the chess computers – to illustrate ways we can take our chess understanding to the very highest level. These games supplement the finest work of human geniuses such as Kasparov, Tal, and Nezhmetdinov.

Includes a 1-hour bonus of Alex playing online blitz, voicing his thoughts and analysis in real time plus a fascinating insight into his personal philosophy and best advice for improving players in a Q&A session!

About the Author:

The Lenderman Method – Gm Aleksandr Lenderman
Aleksandr Lenderman Rating Progress Chart

Aleksandr Lenderman is an American chess grandmaster, who was originally born in Leningrad. He is currently ranked #12 in the United States with an Elo of 2615.

He won the 2005 World Under-16 Championship in Belfort with a score of 9/10 (+8 −0 =2), becoming the first American to win a gold medal at the World Youth Chess Championship since Tal Shaked won the World Junior Championship in 1997.

Lenderman played for USA team in the 2015 World Team Chess Championship in Tsaghkadzor and scored 5/7, winning the gold medal on the second board.

He won the 2015 World Open after beating Rauf Mamedov in an Armageddon playoff; the two had the best tiebreak among eight players who tied for first place with 7/9.

Is this course for me?

Whether you’re an ambitious attacking player or more “safety first” in your opening approach, this course will give you a brand new skill set for handling dynamic positions of any type.

Bear in mind GM Lenderman is one of the most sought-after coaches in the world today, having successfully coached the US team (including Nakamura, Caruana, So and Sam Shankland) to gold at the Olympiad.

The Lenderman Master Method is a powerful course where you’ll see Lenderman (peak FIDE 2636) break down literally every single element of chess opening gambits used in modern grandmaster practice.

You’ll soon be a deadly opponent not just in opening gambits, but in EVERY other sacrificial method as well.

The Lenderman Method – Gm Aleksandr Lenderman
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Here are some of the things that you’ll learn:

  • Positional Queen Sacrifices: Discover Mamedyarov’s weird queen sacrifice that looks like a beginner’s blunder, but was really a mind-blowing concept that left his opponent helpless (despite having an extra queen!)
  • Masterful Exchange Sacrifices: You’ll learn the 1 simple question Kasparov asks that helps him easily find exchange sacrifices of devastating power (plus witness a brilliant example of him destroying a 2650 opponent with that same method!)
  • Minor Piece Sacrifices: Learn GM Topalov’s secret weapon for sacrificing a whole piece to tear apart the enemy king position (plus, the 3 “soft spots” where this sacrifice is 10x more powerful!).
  • Long-Term Positional Sacrifices: The astonishing revelation GM Lenderman got from studying Komodo’s play (what chess at the 3400 ELO is revealing, even about the weakness of GMs!)

So if you’re ready for a step-by-step course in chess gambits and sacrificial play, from one of the leading grandmaster coaches in the U.S, The Lenderman Method is a choice that will transform your chess forever.

Enjoy the ride to a whole new level in your chess skills!

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Running Time

15 hours



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Chapter List


Part 1: Dynamic Pawn Sacrifices and Gambits

  1. The Smith-Morra Gambit: Berg-Luch
  2. Snowballing the Initiative: Stockfish-Bobcat
  3. Tearing Open the Kingside: Komodo-Stockfish
  4. Rapid Development: Stockfish-Vajolet2
  5. Pushing Pieces Back: Petrov-van Foreest

Part 2: Positional Pawn Sacrifices and Gambits

  1. Tying Up the Opponent: Fire 5-Bobcat
  2. Opening the Center: Komodo-Critter
  3. The Tal Gambit: Vajolet2-Naum
  4. Hidden Compensation: Jonny8-Stockfish
  5. Attacking the King: Naum-Stockfish

Part 3: Dynamic Middlegame Pawn Sacrifices

  1. Playing Against the King
  2. Restricting the Enemy Forces
  3. Improving Your Pieces
  4. Winning with Passed Pawns: Spassky-Petrosian

Part 4: Long-term Positional Advantages

  1. Superior Piece Coordination
  2. Winning with the Bishop Pair
  3. The Blockade
  4. Defensive Pawn Sacrifices

Part 5: Double Pawn Sacrifices

  1. Overwhelming Initiative: Zherebukh-Onischuk
  2. Relentless Energetic Play
  3. Punishing Materialistic Players: Rybka-Ginkgo
  4. Initiative Without Queens

Part 6: Mastering the Exchange Sacrifice

  1. Hidden Venom in the QGA: Javakhishvili-Edouard
  2. An Exchange for an Attack: Movsesian-Kasparov
  3. Sacrificing the Exchange for the Bishop Pair
  4. Other Positional Exchange Sacrifices: Anand-Mamedyarov
  5. Defensive Exchange Sacrifices

Part 7: Piece Sacrifices

  1. Minor Piece Gambits: Topalov-Kramnik
  2. Piece Sacrifices on d5: Fischer-Rubinetti
  3. Sacrificing Pieces for Pawns: The Baron-Hannibal
  4. Positional Piece Sacrifices: Weser-Lenderman

Part 8: Positional Queen Sacrifices

  1. Queen Sacrifices in the Opening: Mamedyarov-Brkic
  2. Dynamic Queen Sacrifices: Nezhmetdinov-Chernikov
  3. A Queen for the Bishop Pair: Izoria-Petrosian
  4. Sacrificing the Queen for the Initiative: Kramnik-Kasparov
  5. Defensive Queen Sacrifices: Lenderman-Bajarani

Bonus: Live Blitz with GM Alex Lenderman

Bonus: Q&A Session with GM Alex Lenderman