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Leon Luke Mendonca triumphs at Hamburg Chess Club GM Invitational 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/05/2022

GM Leon Luke Mendonca scored an unbeaten 7/9 to win Hamburg Chess Club GM Invitational 2022. He remained undefeated and finished a half point ahead of the field. This is Leon's second tournament of the year. Just like the previous event at Bangaladesh Premier League, Leon once again remained unbeaten. The 16-year-old gained 11.3 Elo rating points, taking his live rating to 2562.3. The reason behind Leon taking part in less events is because he was preparing for his tenth grade board exams for over nine months. Check out Leon's games from this event, including his final round win featuring a double exchange sacrifice.

Leon wins his first event of the year

Brand Ambassador of Geno and Microsense, GM Leon is undefeated so far in over-the-board tournaments in 2022. He increased his unbeaten streak to 20 games in this event.

Leon won his first tournament of the year 2022

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd GM Vasilios Kotronias (GRE), 1st GM Leon Luke Mendonca and 2nd IM Frederik Svane (GER) with the organizers

Leon - Souleidis, Round 9

Position after 24...Qc7

Leon made double exchange sacrifice in consecutive moves for three minor pieces. 25.Rxc5 bxc5 26.Rxd6 Qxd6 27.Qxb7+ Qe7 28.Qb6. Eventually it worked out as White capitalized on his opponent's mistake, went on to win the game and the tournament.

GM Leon Luke Mendonca in action | Photo: HSK Official site

Leon scored 7/9, remained undefeated and gained 11.3 Elo rating points in the process

Replay Leon's games

Final Standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/City TB1  TB2  TB3 
19GMMendonca Leon LukeIND25517,0528,50
24IMSvane FrederikGER2501Hamburger SK von 1830 eV6,5428,50
35GMKotronias VasiliosGRE24656,0520,75
410GMProhaszka PeterHUN2579ESV Nickelhütte Aue5,0319,00
53IMColpe MalteGER2348Hamburger SK von 1830 eV4,5317,25
62IMTrent LawrenceENG2398SK Norderstedt von 19754,5316,75
71IMSouleidis GeorgiosGRE2430Hamburger SK von 1830 eV4,0215,50
87IMCarlstedt JonathanGER2444SAbt SV Werder Bremen3,0111,75
96IMKöllner Ruben GideonGER2440SF Deizisau3,0111,00
108FMWoelk Tom-FredericGER2315Hamburger SK von 1830 eV1,507,00



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