14-Year-Old Leon Luke Mendonca Wins Title At Skalicky Chess Festival

14-Year-Old Leon Luke Mendonca Wins Title At Skalicky Chess Festival

Leon Luke Mendonca pipped Czech Republic’s Jan Vykouk by means of part some extent for the identify.© Twitter

Younger Indian IM Leon Luke Mendonca emerged victorious within the Skalicky chess pageant in Slovakia, with 7.five issues from 9 rounds within the event. The Goa-based participant (Elo ranking 2472) remained unbeaten during the 9 rounds and notched up six wins together with one over higher-rated Pier Liugi Bosso (Italy, Elo 2600) within the 6th 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 3 attracts within the event.

The 14-year-old Mendonca drew his ultimate spherical sport in opposition to Matyas Marek (Czech Republic) to pip Jan Vykouk (Czech Republic) for the identify by means of a part some extent.

“Extraordinarily glad! I’m thrilled to win the event and hope to stay making improvements to my ranking and develop into a GM quickly,” he mentioned, including the win over Basso was once his absolute best sport within the match.


Mendonca had claimed 2nd place within the Paracin Open in Serbia July and previous in June gained the open phase on the Balaton Chess pageant in Budapest.

Mendonca had left for Moscow in February along side his father to play within the Aeroflot Open which featured a number of different Indian avid gamers and headed to Budapest after an match in Vietnam were given postponed because of the coronavirus and were given held up there because of the go back and forth restrictions. He has since been in Europe enjoying tournaments in his quest for GM norms.

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