Leon Luke Mendonca pipped Czech Republic’s Jan Vykouk by half some extent for the title.© Twitter
Younger Indian IM Leon Luke Mendonca emerged victorious within the Skalicky chess pageant in Slovakia, with 7.5 factors from 9 rounds within the match. The Goa-based participant (Elo score 2472) remained unbeaten by means of the 9 rounds and notched up six wins together with one over higher-rated Pier Liugi Bosso (Italy, Elo 2600) within the sixth spherical. The opposite wins for Mendonca got here towards Marek Pniaczek (Poland), Alexndr Skalsky (Czech Republic), Marcin Molenda (Poland), Thomas Dionisi (France) and Harry Grieve (England).
He had three attracts within the match.
The 14-year-old Mendonca drew his final spherical recreation towards Matyas Marek (Czech Republic) to pip Jan Vykouk (Czech Republic) for the title by a half some extent.
“Extraordinarily blissful! I’m delighted to win the match and hope to maintain bettering my score and change into a GM quickly,” he mentioned, including the win over Basso was his greatest recreation within the occasion.
Mendonca had claimed second place within the Paracin Open in Serbia July and earlier in June received the open part on the Balaton Chess pageant in Budapest.
Mendonca had left for Moscow in February alongside along with his father to play within the Aeroflot Open which featured a number of different Indian gamers and headed to Budapest after an occasion in Vietnam obtained postponed as a result of coronavirus and obtained held up there as a result of journey restrictions. He has since been in Europe taking part in tournaments in his quest for GM norms.
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