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Leon and Souhardo dominate First Saturday November 2020

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/11/2020

While the number of over-the-board has dwindled a lot since the Coronavirus Pandemic took over early this year, one Indian kid has continued his quest to become India's next GM. 14-year-old IM Leon Mendonca Luke won First Saturday GM November 2020 emphatically with an unbeaten 7.5/9 and a performance of 2688. Since he has crossed 2500 this month, he is just a GM-norm away from becoming India's next GM. 13-year-old Souhardo Basak secured his second IM-norm with a score of 7.0/9 and a performance of 2477. He is an IM-norm and 2400 rating away from becoming India's next IM. 18-year-old Shubham Bandikatte scored 7.0/10 to win the FM section. Photo: IO Nagy Laszlo

Leon makes his second GM-norm in 24 days

Leon Mendonca made his second GM-norm with a performance of 2688 and scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 to win First Saturday GM November. He defeated two GMs - Tibor Fogarasi, Keith Arkell and drew with GM Vojtech Plat. Leon has already crossed 2500, so he is just a norm away from becoming India's latest GM. 13-year-old Souhardo Basak won the IM Round Robin with a score of 7.0/9. Despite starting with a loss against IM Andrew J Muir, he managed to win the next six games and also beat IM Adam Szeberenyi and IM Endre Vegh. He drew the last round against WIM Julianna Terbe to score his second IM-norm with a performance of 2477.

Leon makes his second GM-norm | Photo: Lyndon Mendonca

Leon's best win

Leon beat former European and World Senior champion GM Keith Arkell in Round 6 of the tournament. The English GM made a tactical error which Leon capitalized upon with ease.

Leon - Arkell, Round 6

Position after 21...Bb7

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Leon performed at an impressive 2668 gaining 15.5 rating points and securing his second GM-norm
14-year-old Leon Mendonca scores his 2nd GM norm, reaches Elo 2530 | Video: Sagar Shah

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Final Standings of the GM section

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtg TB1  TB2  TB3 Rpnwwew-weKrtg+/-
110IMMendonca Leon LukeIND25167,50,029,75266897,55,951,551015,5
25FMPetkov MomchilBUL24096,00,024,252532964,531,471014,7
31GMPlat VojtechCZE25625,50,522,50243484,55,75-1,2510-12,5
44IMSubelj JanSLO24035,50,521,75248895,54,441,061010,6
52FMVanczak TamasHUN23504,50,016,25241494,53,740,762015,2
63FMSeemann JakubPOL23064,00,016,502376943,170,832016,6
79FMPapp LeventeHUN24033,51,014,25232893,54,44-0,9410-9,4
87FMDobrovoljc VidSLO23933,50,013,50232993,54,32-0,8220-16,4
98GMArkell Keith CENG23833,00,011,502304833,92-0,9210-9,2
106GMFogarasi TiborHUN23502,00,08,252194923,74-1,7410-17,4


Souhardo makes his second IM-norm

Despite starting the tournament with a loss, Souhardo won his next six games consecutively. His best win was against Federico Rocco (2183) of England in Round 6.

Rocco - Souhardo, Round 6

Position after 32.Rg1

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Playing with a mask on is certainly not an easy task | Photo: IO Nagy Laszlo

Souhardo performed at 2477 and 60 Elo rating points earning his second IM-norm

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Final Standings in the IM section

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtg TB1  TB2  TB3 Rpnwwew-weKrtg+/-
Souhardo BasakIND22167,00,029,252477974,012,992059,8
IMSzeberenyi AdamHUN23765,50,023,25231995,56,12-0,6210-6,2
Geher KoppanyHUN23195,01,019,502289955,37-0,3720-7,4
IMVegh EndreHUN22135,00,020,502300953,961,041010,4
WIMTerbe JuliannaHUN22694,51,020,50225194,54,70-0,2020-4,0
Tancsa TamasHUN20924,51,016,75227194,52,442,064082,4
Rocco FedericoENG21834,51,016,50226194,53,560,944037,6
IMMuir Andrew JSCO22664,00,018,752208944,68-0,6810-6,8
FMExposito Amaro JosueESP23342,51,09,00207892,55,56-3,0620-61,2
FMLyell MarkENG22612,50,012,50208692,54,60-2,1020-42,0


18-year-old Shubham Bandikatte scored 7.0/10 and gained 143 Elo rating points to win the FM section which was a Double Round-Robin event.

Shubham Bandikatte scored 7.0/10 and won the First Saturday FM November 2020 | Photo: Shubham's fb

Shubham won six, drew two and lost two games to gain 143 rating points

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Final Standings in the FM section

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgRtgI TB1  TB2  TB3 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
AGMBandikatte ShubhamIND151215127,01,534,501073,423,5840143,2
FMMayer IstvanHUN185918597,00,529,001078,44-1,4420-28,8
Monduk LaszloHUN158515854,51,516,75104,54,54-0,0440-1,6
Szurkos AndrasHUN161216124,50,519,25104,54,98-0,4820-9,6
Sainbayar AnuuraiENG158315834,00,019,001044,54-0,5420-10,8
Nemeth OttoHUN155415543,00,018,001034,08-1,0820-21,6



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