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1st Vezerkepzo IM R8: Leon takes a full point lead heading into the final round

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/02/2021

Leon extended his lead to a full point 7.5/8 as he beat IM Sandor Farago of Hungary convincingly in the penultimate round of 1st Vezerkepzo IM Round-Robin. His closest rival in the event is GM Milan Pacher who is at 6.5/8. They will clash against each other in the final round to decide the winner. Leon needs just a draw to win the event, however a win in the final round means he will finish two points ahead of the competition which will assert his dominance. Final round starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Check out Leon's penultimate round win over Farago. Photo: Niki Riga

Leon is just a draw away from winning the tournament

India's 67th and latest GM Leon Luke Mendonca extended his lead to a full point by scoring victory over IM Sandor Farago. Leon is now at 7.5/8 and he is pursued by GM Milan Pacher 6.5/8 who will duke it out in the final round.

Leon is on the brink of first tournament victory in 2021 | Photo: Niki Riga

A small bump

Leon scored a fantastic victory in the penultimate eighth round, however there was a slight opportunity for his opponent IM Sandor Farago to stir up some trouble.

Sandor - Leon

Position after 17...Nc5

In a seemingly equal position, Leon defended the e6-pawn incorrectly with 17...Nc5. Find out why it is a mistake and what was the better way for black to defend it.

Standings after Round 8

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 nw-weKrtg+/-
17
IMMendonca Leon LukeIND25387,50,023,2580,50105,0
23
GMPacher MilanSVK23946,50,020,5080,48104,8
310
FMBodi TiborHUN23845,50,017,2580,13202,6
41
FMPasti AronHUN21985,00,013,2581,522030,4
56
CMPapadiamandis ElliotFRA21344,00,014,7581,244049,6
62
IMFarago SandorHUN21933,50,012,7580,20102,0
79
FMLyell MarkENG21983,00,06,258-0,4820-9,6
85
Palczert BotondHUN20822,50,05,7580,05402,0
94
Lakatos TamasHUN21981,50,03,008-1,8940-75,6
108
Konyves AlmosHUN21311,00,02,758-1,7540-70,0

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