Tegernsee Masters 2020 R1: Leon holds Nisipeanu to a draw
The number of over-the-board events taking place in the world are very few at the moment. 14-year-old boy from Goa IM Leon Luke Mendonca is still playing otb events and his quest to become India's next GM is in progress. A few days after making his maiden GM-norm, Leon has been invited to play in the Tegernsee Masters. He made a strong start as he held Germany no.2 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu to a solid draw. In Round 2, he will face Germany no.1 Matthias Bluebaum. It is definitely time for Leon to shine. How will he fare against Germany's best? Catch all the action of Round 2 tonight from 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: GM Sebastian Siebrecht
Leon debuts at Tegernsee Masters
Days after making his maiden GM-norm and winning Budapest Rigochess for the second time in the year, Leon got invited to the strong Tegernsee Masters. The ten player Round-Robin tournament has a stellar line-up including the top three players of Germany - Matthias Bluebaum, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Alexander Donchenko. German prodigy Vincent Keymer and Brazil no.3 Alexander Fier are also among the strong players to battle it out. It will be definitely an interesting challenge for Leon as he looks for his second GM-norm.
Leon - Nisipeanu 0.5-0.5
Leon held the former World no.15 and the highest ranked Romanian player GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu to a draw in the opening round of Tegernsee Masters. The 14-year-old was never in danger and he played solid throughout the game.
Replay Round 1 games
Round 1 results
|1||1||2672||GM||Blübaum Matthias||½ - ½||GM||Basso Pier Luigi||2570||10|
|2||2||2499||IM||Mendonca Leon Luke||½ - ½||GM||Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter||2657||9|
|3||3||2468||IM||Dardha Daniel||1 - 0||GM||Nguyen Thai Dai Van||2571||8|
|4||4||2658||GM||Donchenko Alexander||1 - 0||GM||Fier Alexandr||2562||7|
|5||5||2588||GM||Keymer Vincent||1 - 0||IM||Parvanyan Ashot||2451||6|
Total Prize fund is €7500.
31st October - 7th November - 7:30 p.m. IST
8th November - 3:30 p.m. IST