Sunway Sitges Open R5: Leon Mendonca holds Oleg Romanishin to a draw
GM Vojtech Plat emerged as the sole leader after round 5 as he was the only one to score a victory among eleven leaders. Plat beat GM Bilel to take the sole lead with 4.5/5. 15 players are behind him at 4.0/5. IM Leon Mendonca held legendary Ukrainian GM Oleg Romanishin to a draw. Leon could have pushed for a win in the endgame but it was not that easy. He will now face the only other Indian taking part in Group-A, Souhardo Basak in Round 6 on Saturday 19th December from 9 p.m. IST. Shubham Bandikatte suffered his first loss of the event in Group B. Friday 18th December is a rest day for all categories. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open
Plat takes sole lead
Czech GM Vojtech Plat scored the sole victory among the leaders against Algeria no.1 GM Bilel Bellahcene to move to 4.5/5. He will now face GM Joules Moussard in Round 6 after the rest day. IM Leon Mendonca held legendary Ukrainian GM Oleg Romanishin. Although Leon could have taken his chances in the endgame, eventually it ended up in a draw. He will now face the only other Indian taking part in the Group A, Souhardo Basak in Round 6. They both are at 3.0/5. Shubham Bandikatte suffered his first loss of the event against Mariano Ribon Calabia in Round 5. He is now at 3.5/5
In a seemingly equal endgame, the Algeria no.1 GM Bilel Bellahcene erred and blundered a pawn which eventually became the deciding factor of the game.
Plat - Bellahcene
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Leon held legendary Romanishin
Leon played some solid chess and held Ukrainian GM Oleg Romanishin to a draw. Although Leon had a good chance.
Romanishin - Leon
White has a bishop pair but black has a passed pawn on the a-file. The game went on with 21...b6 which is slightly slower. What was the better continuation for black here?
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13th - 22nd December - 9:00 p.m. IST
18th December - Rest day
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