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Tegernsee Masters 2020 R1: Leon holds Nisipeanu to a draw

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/11/2020

The number of over-the-board events taking place in the world are very few at the moment. 14-year-old boy from Goa IM Leon Luke Mendonca is still playing otb events and his quest to become India's next GM is in progress. A few days after making his maiden GM-norm, Leon has been invited to play in the Tegernsee Masters. He made a strong start as he held Germany no.2 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu to a solid draw. In Round 2, he will face Germany no.1 Matthias Bluebaum. It is definitely time for Leon to shine. How will he fare against Germany's best? Catch all the action of Round 2 tonight from 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: GM Sebastian Siebrecht

Leon debuts at Tegernsee Masters

Days after making his maiden GM-norm and winning Budapest Rigochess for the second time in the year, Leon got invited to the strong Tegernsee Masters. The ten player Round-Robin tournament has a stellar line-up including the top three players of Germany - Matthias Bluebaum, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Alexander Donchenko. German prodigy Vincent Keymer and Brazil no.3 Alexander Fier are also among the strong players to battle it out. It will be definitely an interesting challenge for Leon as he looks for his second GM-norm.

Leon makes a strong start | Photo: GM Sebastian Siebrecht

Leon - Nisipeanu 0.5-0.5

Leon held the former World no.15 and the highest ranked Romanian player GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu to a draw in the opening round of Tegernsee Masters. The 14-year-old was never in danger and he played solid throughout the game.

Leon makes a solid start | Photo: GM Sebastian Siebrecht

Photo Gallery

Pier Luigi Basso made a short draw with Germany no.1 Matthias Bluebaum | Photo: GM Sebastian Siebrecht

Germany no.2 Alexander Donchenko scored a fine victory over Alexander Fier | Photo: GM Sebastian Siebrecht

German prodigy Vincent Keymer defeated IM Ashot Parvanyan | Photo: GM Sebastian Siebrecht

All ten participants of Tegernsee Masters 2020 | Photo: GM Sebastian Siebrecht

Replay Round 1 games

Round 1 results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
112672GMBlübaum Matthias½ - ½GMBasso Pier Luigi257010
222499IMMendonca Leon Luke½ - ½GMNisipeanu Liviu-Dieter26579
332468IMDardha Daniel1 - 0GMNguyen Thai Dai Van25718
442658GMDonchenko Alexander1 - 0GMFier Alexandr25627
552588GMKeymer Vincent1 - 0IMParvanyan Ashot24516

Pairings of all rounds


Rank Prize
1st 2500
2nd 2000
3rd 1500
4th 1000
5th 500

Total Prize fund is €7500.


31st October - 7th November - 7:30 p.m. IST

8th November - 3:30 p.m. IST


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