Younger Indian Grandmaster Leon Mendonca emerges victorious in second Kumania GM chess event

Younger Indian Grandmaster Leon Mendonca emerges victorious in second Kumania GM chess event

The 15-year-old Goa participant, who turned India’s 67th Grandmaster in December final, remained unbeaten and completed with 4 wins and 5 attracts within the event which concluded on Thursday.

Young Indian Grandmaster Leon Mendonca emerges victorious in second Kumania GM chess tournament

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Chennai: Younger Indian Grandmaster Leon Luke Mendonca emerged victorious within the 2nd Kumania GM chess event in Kisjszlls, Hungary, with a rating of 6.5 factors from 9 rounds.

The 15-year-old Goa participant, who turned India’s 67th Grandmaster in December final, remained unbeaten and completed with 4 wins and 5 attracts within the event which concluded on Thursday.

“Feeling blissful to retain the title regardless of enjoying the world faculty on-line event facet by facet,” Mendonca mentioned, including that it was a powerful occasion with 5 different younger Grandmasters within the fray.

Mendonca, with an ELO score of 2532, completed equal on factors with Slovakia’s Milan Pacher however took the highest place on the idea of a greater tie-break rating.

He began the event with a draw earlier than notching up 4 consecutive victories after which 4 straight attracts to complete with 6.5 factors.

The Indian scored a high-quality victory in spherical 2 in opposition to IM Peter Lizak after the latter made a positional error earlier than happening to beat GM Gergely Kantor comfortably within the third spherical.

Within the penultimate spherical, Mendonca fought effectively in opposition to GM Gergely Aczel and secured a attract 95 strikes with some good defending within the end-game.

He shared factors in his ultimate spherical sport in opposition to American Alexander Velikanov.

He had final month gained the Vezerkepzo IM Spherical-Robin tourney.

The Indian teenager had additionally gained the primary version of Kumania Championship in November 2020.

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