Leon Luke Mendonca pipped Czech Republic’s Jan Vykouk by half a degree 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 event. The Goa-based participant (Elo score 2472) remained unbeaten by 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 in opposition to Marek Pniaczek (Poland), Alexndr Skalsky (Czech Republic), Marcin Molenda (Poland), Thomas Dionisi (France) and Harry Grieve (England).
He had three attracts within the event.
The 14-year-old Mendonca drew his final spherical sport in opposition to Matyas Marek (Czech Republic) to pip Jan Vykouk (Czech Republic) for the title by a half a degree.
“Extraordinarily completely satisfied! I’m delighted to win the event and hope to maintain bettering my score and change into a GM quickly,” he stated, including the win over Basso was his greatest sport within the occasion.
Mendonca had claimed second place within the Paracin Open in Serbia July and earlier in June gained 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 received postponed because of the coronavirus and received held up there because of the journey restrictions. He has since been in Europe enjoying tournaments in his quest for GM norms.
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