Sunway Sitges Open R9: Leon Mendonca beats Nino Batsiashvili
Ivan Cheparinov, Jules Moussard and Jaime Santos Latasa will battle for the championship in the final round as they lead the tournament with 7.0/9 in VII Sunway Chess International Open. Cheparinov and Moussard made a draw to retain their lead, while Latasa beat the defending champion Korobov to join the leaders. IM Leon Mendonca beat GM Nino Batsiashvili and Souhardo Basak beat IM Yovanna Gatineau in the penultimate round. Leon will face GM Nicolas Checa and Souhardo will be up against GM Fernando Cuenca in the final round which will start today from 1:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open
Cheparinov, Moussard and Latasa in a three-way lead
Ivan Cheparinov and Jules Moussard had a tepid draw to maintain their lead with 7.0/9 heading into the final round of the tournament. Jaime Santos Latasa beat top seed and defending champion Anton Korobov to join the leaders with 7.0/9. IM Leon Mendonca beat GM Nino Batsiashvili and he is looking for a good finish. Souhardo Basak beat IM Yovann Gatineau and he is also looking for a good ending and his final IM-norm. Shubham Bandikatte was held to a draw by Ramos and he is now at 6.5/9 in Group B.
Latasa - Korobov: 1-0
Korobov went wrong early in the opening against Latasa and destroyed his own pawn structure.
Latasa - Korobov
Find out why 12...f4 is mistimed and what black should have played instead before going with f4. With this win Jaime Santos Latasa takes the lead with Ivan Cheparinov and Jules Moussard heading into the final round of the tournament.
Batsiashvili - Leon: 0-1
Leon played solid throughout the game. In the double rook endgame, Batsiashvili made an incorrect pawn break.
Batsiashvili - Leon
41.d5 is not a good idea for white. Find out why. White made some more mistakes soon afterwards which allowed Leon to have a decisive advantage and win the game.
Souhardo - Yovann: 1-0
Souhardo seized almost every single opportunity his opponent Yovann presented himself and checkmated him in just 30 moves.
Souhardo - Yovann
Black's king is completely vulnerable. 25...Nxc2 didn't help black's case. Find out the finish for white.
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