GM Leon Mendonca

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  • GM Leon Mendonca Check out the article below especially Leon's game against the Italian Champion (first game in the play list). That should pick up your day! (as it did mine)

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    GM Leon Mendonca

    January 11, 2021

    From the ChessBase article:

    Leon Mendonca scored three GM-norms in a little over three months and crossed the 2500 rating barrier to become India's 67th GM. He managed to achieve this feat at the age of 14 years 9 months and 17 days.

    Leon's story of becoming a GM is an inspiring one. In March 2020 he and his father were stranded in Europe, when their flight back home was the first to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    In the nine months from after that Leon played in 16 tournaments, gained nearly 100 rating points and earned a full GM title.

    The first norm came at the Rigo Chess GM Round Robin (16-24 Oct), the second at the 1st Saturday Budapest (07-17 Nov) and the final norm at the Vergani Cup Italy (26 -30 Dec).

    18th Spilimbergo Open, Italy
    Round 4, August 11, 2020
    Mendonca, Leon – Lodici, Lorenzo
    A50 Queen’s Indian Accelerated

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.Nc3 Bb7 4.Qc2 d5 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.Rd1 a6 7.e4 b5 8.d5 e5 9.dxe6 Qe7 10.Nf3 Qxe6 11.Nd4 Qb6 12.e5 Nfd7 13.e6 fxe6 14.Be2 e5 15.O-O Bc5 16.Qf5 g6 17.Ne6 Be7 18.Ng7+ Kd8 19.Qxe5 Bxg5 20.Ne6+ Ke7 21.Qg7+ Kxe6 22.Bg4# 1-0

    Final Position


    29th Kavala Open, Greece
    Round 7, August 2, 2020
    Mendonca, Leon – Sipke, Ernst
    A07 Reti, King’s Indian Attack

    1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nd7 3.Bg2 e5 4.d3 Ngf6 5.O-O Bd6 6.c4 c6 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.e4 O-O 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.d4 exd4 11.Nxd4 N7f6 12.Nc3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 a6 14.Qb3 Qc7 15.Rb1 Nd7 16.Ba3 Bxa3 17.Qxa3 Nc5 18.Nc6 b6 19.Qb4 Be6 20.Qxb6 Qxb6 21.Rxb6 Rae8 22.Ra1 Bf5 23.Nd4 Bd3 24.Bc6 Re5 25.a4 h6 26.h3 Rc8 27.a5 Kh7 28.Bg2 Rce8 29.Nf3 R5e7 30.Rd6 Rb8 31.Nd4 Rbe8 32.Rd5 Rc7 33.Rd1 Bc4 34.Rd6 Ne4 35.Bxe4+ Rxe4 36.Ra1 Rce7 37.Nc2 Rc7 38.Ne3 Be2 39.Ra2 Bf3 40.Ra3 Rb7 41.Ra1 Be2 42.Rd2 Bf3 43.Rd6 Be2 44.Rd2 Bf3 45.c4 Re6 46.Kh2 h5 47.g4 h4 48.Nf5 Be4 49.Nxh4 Rc7 50.Rd4 Rc5 51.Kg3 g5 52.Ng2 f5 53.Re1 Rf6 54.gxf5 Bxg2 55.Re7+ Kh6 56.Rdd7 Kh5 57.Rh7+ Rh6 58.Rxh6+ Kxh6 59.Rd6+ Kh7 60.Kxg2 Rxa5 61.Kg3 Rxf5 62.Rxa6 Rc5 63.Ra4 Kg6 64.Rb4 Kf6 65.Kf3 Ke6 66.Kg4 Kf6 67.Ra4 Kg6 68.Kf3 Kf6 69.Ke4 Ke6 70.Ra6+ Ke7 71.Ra4 Ke6 72.Kf3 Kf6 73.Kg4 Kg6 74.Rb4 Kf6 75.h4 gxh4 76.Kxh4 Re5 77.Kg3 Rg5+ 78.Kf4 Rf5+ 79.Ke3 Re5+ 80.Kd3 Rf5 81.Rb6+ Ke7 82.Rb2 Kd6 83.Rc2 Rf8 84.c5+ Kc6 85.Ke3 Re8+ 86.Kf4 Rf8+ 87.Kg3 Rg8+ 88.Kh3 Rh8+ 89.Kg2 Rg8+ 90.Kf1 Rf8 91.Rc3 Rf6 92.f3 Rf7 93.Kg2 Rg7+ 94.Kh3 Rg8 95.f4 Kd5 96.c6 1-0

    Final Position