An exciting third round of the U.S. Championship Online Qualifier featured four decisive games, all ending in favor of the players playing white. GM Daniel Naroditsky lost his game in a tough endgame to IM Christopher Yoo, who has taken this event by storm.
GM Aleksandr Lenderman launched a vicious attack on GM Andrew Tang’s king and eventually checkmated him, while GM Elshan Moradiabadi won his game against GM Robert Hess with a positional squeeze. The game of GMs Timur Gareyev and Dariusz Swiercz ended in favor of Gareyev after he took control in the middlegame.
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Lenderman vs. Tang (1-0)
Lenderman made quick work of Tang in this game that ended on move 23 with a checkmate.
White started out quite aggressively in a Queen’s Gambit, pushing 7.g4 and 8.h4 to gain a significant space advantage right off the bat. The fact that he played these double-edged moves so quickly showed how prepared he was in this game. This preparation paid off and Tang found himself in quite a scary position, as the possibility of a crushing attack was looming over his king.
Tang, who was being smothered on the board by White’s pieces, eventually slipped up with 16…Re8?! and exposed himself further to Lenderman’s attack. The game ended stylishly, with Lenderman sacrificing his queen to deliver checkmate.