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    Leon Masters 2019

    July 7, 2019

    From chessbase.com

    A long-standing tradition

    The first edition of the "Magistral Ciudad León" was played on 1988, with Chilean grandmaster Javier Campos becoming the champion. He could scarcely have imagined that the tournament would become a tradition that has kept going, uninterrupted, for 31 years. The list of winners now includes Alexei Shirov, Veselin Topalov, Garry Kasparov, Vishy Anand (nine-time winner), Vladimir Kramnik, Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So, just to name a few.

    Back in 2008, first place went to Vassily Ivanchuk, who now returns to León as the rating favourite. He will be joined by three ambitious youngsters: current world junior champion Parham Maghsoodloo from Iran, 14-year-old Indian prodigy Nihal Sarin and local rising star Jaime Santos Latasa.

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    Two semi-final matches took place Ivanchuk against Sarin and Maghsoodloo against Santos (20 + 10). The two winners, Ivanchuk and Maghsoodloo played four rapid games (20 minutes for the whole game + 10 second increments from move one).

    Round 1, July 5
    Ivanchuk, Vassily – Sarin, Nihal
    D02 Queen’s Pawn game

    1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.e3 b6 5.Bd3 Bb7 6.cxd5 exd5 7.O-O Nbd7 8.b3 a6 9.Ba3 Bxa3 10.Nxa3 O-O 11.Rc1 Re8 12.Nb1 c5 13.Nbd2 Qe7 14.Qc2 Rac8 15.Qb2 g6 16.Rc2 Nf8 17.Rfc1 Ne6 18.Bf1 Rc7 19.g3 Rec8 20.Bh3 h5 21.a3 Ng4 22.Bg2 cxd4 23.Rxc7 Rxc7 24.Rxc7 Qxc7 25.exd4 a5 26.Bf1 Nf6 27.Bh3 Qd6 28.Nf1 Ne4 29.Ne3 N6g5 30.Nxg5 Nxg5 31.Bg2 Nh7 32.Bf1 Ng5 33.Bg2 Nh7 34.b4 axb4 35.Qxb4 Qxb4 36.axb4 Nf6 37.f3 Kf8 38.Bf1 Ke7 39.Kf2 Kd6 40.Ke1 Bc8 41.Kd2 Bd7 42.Nd1 Ne8 43.Nc3 Ng7 44.Bd3 Bf5 45.Ba6 Bd7 46.Bb7 Be6 47.Ba6 Bd7 48.Bf1 Nf5 49.Kd3 Ne7 50.Be2 Nc6 51.Nb5+ Ke7 52.Kc3 Nd8 53.Na3 Kd6 54.Nc2 Ne6 55.Ne3 Nc7 56.Kd2 Ne6 57.Kc3 Nc7 58.Bd3 Bb5 59.h4 Bxd3 60.Kxd3 Ne6 61.Nd1 f6 62.Ne3 b5 63.Kc3 Kc6 64.Kd3 Kd6 1/2-1/2

    Round 2, July 5
    Sarin, Nihal – Ivanchuk, Vassily
    E12 Queen’s Indian Accelerated, Petrosian System

    1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.d4 e6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Qc2 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Be7 9.e4 O-O 10.Bd3 c5 11.O-O Qc7 12.Qe2 Nd7 13.Re1 Rfd8 14.Bb2 Rac8 15.Rad1 Nf8 16.g3 Bf6 17.h4 h6 18.e5 Be7 19.Nd2 cxd4 20.cxd4 f5 21.exf6 Bxf6 22.Qg4 Kh8 23.Bb1 Qf7 24.Ne4 Be7 25.Re3 Rd5 26.Rde1 Rcd8 27.Qe2 Qh5 28.Nc3 Qxe2 29.Nxe2 Rb5 30.Ba1 Ra5 31.Bb2 Bd6 32.Ba2 Bd5 33.Bxd5 Rxd5 34.Rc1 Kg8 35.Kg2 Rf5 36.Nc3 Kf7 37.Ne4 Rd5 38.Rc6 Be7 39.Kf1 Rb5 40.Rc2 Rbd5 41.Ke2 Nh7 42.Rc7 R8d7 43.Rxd7 Rxd7 44.Rc3 Nf6 45.Nxf6 Bxf6 46.Rc6 Ke7 47.Ke3 Rd6 48.Rc7+ Rd7 49.Rc6 1/2-1/2

    Round 3, July 5
    Ivanchuk, Vassily – Sarin, Nihal
    D24 QGA

    1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.Qa4+ c6 6.Qxc4 b5 7.Qb3 Nbd7 8.g3 Bb7 9.Bg2 a6 10.Ne5 Qc8 11.O-O c5 12.Nxd7 Qxd7 13.Bxb7 Qxb7 14.dxc5 Bxc5 15.Bg5 O-O 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Rad1 Rfd8 18.Rxd8+ Rxd8 19.Rd1 Qb6 20.e3 f5 21.Ne2 Be7 22.Rxd8+ Qxd8 23.Qc2 Bf6 24.b3 Be5 25.Nc1 Qd5 26.Nd3 Bd6 27.h4 h5 28.Kf1 Kg7 29.Ke2 e5 30.Qc3 Kh7 31.Ne1 f4 32.Qc2+ Kg7 33.Qf5 fxe3 34.fxe3 Bb4 35.Nf3 f6 36.g4 Qf7 37.gxh5 Be7 38.Nh2 Kh8 39.Ng4 Qd5 40.h6 Qg2+ 41.Nf2 Qd5 42.h5 Qc6 43.Qg6 Bf8 44.h7 Qe6 45.Ng4 1-0

    Round 4, July 5
    Sarin, Nihal – Ivanchuk, Vassily
    E11 Bogo-Indian Defence, Nimzowitsch variation

    1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.d4 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.g3 Nc6 6.Nc3 O-O 7.Bg2 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Ne4 9.Rc1 d6 10.d5 Nb8 11.dxe6 fxe6 12.O-O Nc6 13.Nd4 Nxc3 14.Rxc3 Bd7 15.Nc2 Rad8 16.Qd2 b6 17.b4 a5 18.a3 Kh8 19.e4 e5 20.b5 Nb8 21.Ne3 Rde8 22.Nd5 Qd8 23.f4 exf4 24.gxf4 Be6 25.Rg3 Nd7 26.Qd4 Rf7 27.Ne3 Nc5 28.f5 Bc8 29.Ng4 Nd7 30.Kh1 Ne5 31.Ne3 Bb7 32.Rf4 Qf6 33.Qd1 Qh6 34.Qf1 Nd3 35.Rfg4 Ne5 36.Rf4 Nd3 37.Rfg4 Ne5 38.Rf4 1/2-1/2

    Round 5, July 6
    Maghsoodloo, Parham – Santos, Jaime
    A36 English, ultra-symmetrical variation

    1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.a3 d6 6.d3 e6 7.e4 Nge7 8.Nge2 O-O 9.O-O Nd4 10.Rb1 b6 11.e5 Nxe2+ 12.Qxe2 Rb8 13.exd6 Nf5 14.Be3 Nxe3 15.fxe3 Qxd6 16.Ne4 Qe7 17.b4 Bb7 18.b5 Rbd8 19.a4 f5 20.Nf2 h5 21.Rb3 Be5 22.Nh3 Bxg2 23.Qxg2 Rd6 24.Kf2 Kg7 25.Ke2 Rfd8 26.Rc1 Qd7 27.Rd1 Qe7 28.Rd2 Bf6 29.Nf4 Bg5 30.Ra3 Bxf4 31.gxf4 e5 32.fxe5 Qxe5 33.Qg3 Qe7 34.a5 bxa5 35.Rxa5 R8d7 36.h4 Rd4 37.Qg5 Rxh4 38.Qxe7+ Rxe7 39.Rda2 Rh2+ 40.Kf1 Rxa2 41.Rxa2 Rxe3 42.Rxa7+ Kf6 43.d4 cxd4 44.b6 Rb3 45.c5 Ke5 46.Rd7 Ke6 47.Rd6+ Ke7 48.Rxg6 Kd8 49.Rg8+ Kd7 50.Ke2 h4 51.Kd2 h3 52.Kc2 Rb5 53.Kd3 h2 54.Rh8 Rxc5 55.b7 Rb5 56.Rxh2 Rxb7 1/2-1/2

    Round 6, July 6
    Santos, Jaime – Maghsoodloo, Parham
    B31 Sicilian, Nimzowitsch-Rossolimo Attack

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.O-O Bg7 5.c3 e5 6.d4 exd4 7.cxd4 cxd4 8.Bf4 Nge7 9.Bd6 O-O 10.Nbd2 a6 11.Bc4 b5 12.Bd5 Bb7 13.Nb3 Nxd5 14.Bxf8 Qxf8 15.exd5 Nb4 16.Nbxd4 Bxd5 17.a3 Nc6 18.Rc1 Re8 19.b3 Qd6 20.Nc2 Bh6 21.Rb1 Qc5 22.Re1 Rxe1+ 23.Ncxe1 Be4 24.Ra1 Qc3 25.Ra2 d5 26.h3 Bf4 27.Re2 h5 28.Nd2 Nd4 29.Nxe4 Nxe2+ 30.Qxe2 dxe4 31.Qxe4 Bd6 32.a4 Qxb3 33.Qa8+ Kg7 34.Qxa6 Qd1 35.Qa5 bxa4 36.Qc3+ Kg8 37.g3 a3 38.Kg2 a2 39.Nc2 Qxc2 0-1

    Round 7, July 6
    Maghsoodloo, Parham – Santos, Jaime
    D02 Queen’s Bishop game

    1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.c3 Nh5 6.Be5 f6 7.Bg3 Nxg3 8.hxg3 e6 9.Bd3 f5 10.Nh4 Qg5 11.Nd2 Bd6 12.Qe2 Bd7 13.g4 g6 14.f4 Qf6 15.gxf5 exf5 16.Nhf3 c4 17.Bc2 b5 18.Ne5 h5 19.Ndf3 Rb8 20.b3 Ke7 21.O-O Ba3 22.Rab1 Rhc8 23.Qf2 Be8 24.bxc4 bxc4 25.Ba4 Kd8 26.Bxc6 Bxc6 27.Nxc6+ Qxc6 28.Ne5 Qf6 29.Qg3 h4 30.Qf2 Bd6 31.Rxb8 Bxb8 32.Rb1 Bxe5 33.fxe5 Qe7 34.Rb5 Qd7 35.Qxh4+ Kc7 36.Rc5+ Kb7 37.Qf6 Rxc5 38.dxc5 Qa4 39.Qf7+ Kb8 40.Qxd5 Qc2 41.c6 1-0

    Round 8, July 6
    Santos, Jaime – Maghsoodloo, Parham
    C49 Four Knights, symmetrical, Metger unpin

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.O-O O-O 6.d3 Bxc3 7.bxc3 d6 8.Bg5 Qe7 9.Re1 h6 10.Bh4 Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 12.g4 Bg6 13.d4 Nd8 14.d5 c6 15.Bd3 b6 16.c4 Nb7 17.Nd2 Bh7 18.f3 Nc5 19.Nb3 cxd5 20.cxd5 Rac8 21.a4 Nxd3 22.Qxd3 Qc7 23.Bxf6 gxf6 24.Rec1 Qc3 25.Qxc3 Rxc3 26.Nd2 Rfc8 27.Ra2 Kf8 28.Kf2 Bg8 29.Nb1 R3c4 30.c3 f5 31.gxf5 f6 32.Ra3 Bf7 33.Nd2 R4c5 34.c4 Be8 35.Ke3 a6 36.Kd3 b5 37.axb5 axb5 38.Kc3 R5c7 39.Ra6 Rd8 40.Rb1 h5 41.h4 bxc4 42.Rb4 Rg7 43.Rbb6 Rg1 44.Rxd6 Rc8 45.Rxf6+ Kg7 46.Rfe6 Kf8 47.Ra2 Rc1+ 48.Rc2 Rh1 49.Rf6+ Ke7 50.Ra6 Rxh4 51.Nxc4 Rh3 52.Re6+ Kf8 53.Rxe5 Ba4 54.Rc1 Rxf3+ 55.Kd4 h4 56.d6 h3 57.Ra5 Be8 58.Rh1 Rb3 59.Rc5 Ra8 60.e5 Bh5 61.d7 Be2 62.Rc8+ 1-0

    Round 9, July 7
    Maghsoodloo, Parham – Ivanchuk, Vassily
    A15 English Opening

    1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.O-O O-O 6.b3 d6 7.d4 e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Ba3 Qxd1 10.Rxd1 Re8 11.Nc3 Na6 12.Ng5 Bf5 13.e4 Bg4 14.f3 Bd7 15.Bh3 Rad8 16.Kg2 Bh6 17.Bxd7 Nxd7 18.h4 Ndc5 19.Rxd8 Rxd8 20.Rd1 Rxd1 21.Nxd1 f6 22.Nh3 Kf7 23.Kf1 Ne6 24.Ndf2 Be3 25.Nd3 h5 26.Nhf2 Nac5 27.Nxc5 Bxc5 28.Bxc5 Nxc5 29.Ke2 Ke7 30.Ke3 a5 31.g4 Ne6 32.Nd3 Kd6 33.gxh5 gxh5 34.f4 b6 35.f5 Nd4 36.c5+ Kc7 37.Nb2 b5 38.Nd3 Nc2+ 39.Kd2 Nd4 40.Nf2 Kd7 41.Nh1 Ke7 42.Ng3 b4 43.Nxh5 Nb5 44.Ng3 Nc3 45.a4 Kf7 46.Ke3 Kg7 47.Nf1 Nb1 48.Kd3 Kh6 49.Ne3 Na3 50.Ng4+ 1-0

    Round 10, July 7
    Ivanchuk, Vassily – Maghsoodloo, Parham
    B57 Sicilian, Sozin, Benko variation

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 Qb6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.O-O g6 9.Qe1 Qc7 10.Bf4 Nh5 11.Bg5 Bg7 12.Rd1 O-O 13.b3 e6 14.Be2 Nf6 15.Bf4 e5 16.Bg5 Be6 17.Bf3 h6 18.Bxf6 Bxf6 19.Qd2 Rad8 20.Qxh6 Bg7 21.Qg5 Qa5 22.Qd2 Qc7 23.Rfe1 f5 24.Qg5 Kh7 25.Qc1 Qa5 26.Rd3 d5 27.exd5 cxd5 28.b4 Qxb4 29.Bxd5 Bxd5 30.Nxd5 Qc5 31.c4 f4 32.Re4 Rb8 33.h4 Rf7 34.Qc2 Kh6 35.Rb3 Rfb7 36.Qd1 Qc8 37.Kh2 a5 38.g4 a4 39.Rh3 Rb2 40.Qf3 Qc5 41.Kg2 Rxa2 42.g5+ Kh7 43.h5 Rbb2 44.hxg6+ Kg8 45.Rxf4 exf4 46.Nf6+ Bxf6 47.Qa8+ Qf8 48.Qd5+ Kg7 49.Rh7+ Kxg6 50.Qe4+ Kxg5 51.Qd5+ Be5 52.Qxe5+ Kg6 53.Qh5+ Kf6 54.Rh6+ Qxh6 55.Qxh6+ Ke5 56.Qg5+ Kd4 57.Qxf4+ Kc5 58.Qe5+ Kb4 59.Qb5+ Kc3 60.Qe5+ Kb3 61.Qb5+ Kc2 62.Qf5+ Kd1 63.c5 a3 64.c6 Rxf2+ 1/2-1/2

    Round 11, July 7
    Maghsoodloo, Parham – Ivanchuk, Vassily
    A04 Reti Opening

    1.Nf3 b6 2.c4 Bb7 3.g3 c5 4.Bg2 g6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nf6 7.b3 d6 8.Bb2 Nbd7 9.Nc3 Bg7 10.O-O O-O 11.Rfd1 a6 12.Ne1 Ne4 13.Qe3 Nxc3 14.Bxc3 Bxc3 15.Qxc3 Qc7 16.Qe3 Nf6 17.a4 Rab8 18.Rd4 Rfc8 19.Qh6 b5 20.axb5 axb5 21.Rh4 bxc4 22.bxc4 Ra8 23.Rc1 Ra2 24.Qe3 Bxg2 25.Nxg2 d5 26.Ne1 Ra4 27.c5 Rxh4 28.gxh4 e5 29.Nf3 Re8 30.c6 d4 31.Qb3 Rb8 32.Qc4 Ne4 33.Kg2 Rb2 34.Ng5 Nd6 35.Qd5 Rb5 36.Rc5 Rxc5 37.Qxc5 Nf5 38.Qd5 Qe7 39.Kf1 Kg7 40.Ne4 Qc7 41.Ng5 Qe7 42.Qd7 h6 43.Nf3 Kf6 44.h5 gxh5 45.Qd5 Qc7 46.Qd7 Qxd7 47.cxd7 Ke7 48.Nxe5 f6 49.Ng6+ Kxd7 50.Nf4 h4 51.Kg2 Kd6 52.Kf3 Ke5 53.Ng6+ Kd5 54.Nf4+ Ke5 55.Kg4 Ne7 56.Nd3+ Ke4 57.Kxh4 Nd5 58.Kh5 Nc3 59.Nc1 Nd1 60.Nd3 Nc3 61.Nc1 Nd1 62.Nd3 Nc3 1/2-1/2

    Round 12, July 7
    Ivanchuk, Vassily – Maghsoodloo, Parham
    B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Rauzer Attack Defence

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O Bd7 9.f3 Be7 10.Kb1 O-O 11.Be3 b5 12.g4 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 Bc6 14.g5 Nd7 15.h4 b4 16.Ne2 d5 17.e5 a5 18.f4 Nc5 19.Qe3 Ne4 20.Bh3 Bd7 21.Bg2 Qc7 22.Bxe4 dxe4 23.Ng3 Rfc8 24.Rh2 a4 25.Nxe4 b3 26.cxb3 axb3 27.a3 Bc6 28.Rhd2 Ra4 29.Nc3 Rc4 30.f5 exf5 31.e6 Be4+ 32.Ka1 fxe6 33.Bxg7 Qa5 34.Bf6 Bxa3 35.Rd8+ Bf8+ 0-1


    1 Maghsoodloo 5.5
    2 Ivanchuk 3.5
    3-4 Santos, Sarin 1.5

    Chess24.com - Congratulations to 18-year-old Parham Maghsoodloo on defeating Vassily Ivanchuk 3:1 to win the 2019 #LeonMasters in style!