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Tegernsee Masters 2020 R3: Leon holds Luigi to a draw

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/11/2020

Leon bounced back strong and played solid to hold GM Pier Luigi Basso to a draw in Round 3 of Tegernsee Masters 2020. Donchenko won the All-German battle and beat Nisipeanu comfortably. Bluebaum struck his opponent Dardha after the latter made an inaccuracy and allowed tactical advantage. Fier misjudged his opponent's threat and an incorrect defence allowed Parvanyan to walk away with the full point. Leon will face 15-year-old IM Daniel Dardha in the next round. The tournament continues with Round 4 tonight from 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: GM Sebastian Siebrecht

Bluebaum and Donchenko in the lead

Leon Mendonca played solid and held GM Pier Luigi Basso to a draw. He moves to 1.0/3. Both Matthias Bluebaum and Alexander Donchenko scored fine wins to share the lead with 2.5/3. IM Ashot Parvanyan defeated GM Alexander Fier. Leon will face IM Daniel Dardha in Round 4.

Leon makes a solid draw | Photo: GM Sebastian Siebrecht

Leon - Luigi 0.5-0.5

Leon played a near flawless game against GM Pier Luigi Basso (ITA) to make a draw in an equal Rook ending.

Dardha - Bluebaum 0-1

IM Daniel Dardha (BEL) made a tactical mistake which allowed the Germany no.1 Bluebaum to seize the opportunity

Position after 24.Qe2

Find out why 24.Qe2 is a mistake.

Donchenko - Nisipeanu 1-0

The All-German battle was won by Donchenko who got an advantage early in the middle game.

Position after 28...Ng4

White is obviously winning here. Can you find out the finish?

Parvanyan - Fier 1-0

Fier misjudged Parvanyan's threats and defended his position incorrectly which resulted in his opponent taking advantage of Fier's fear.

Position after 17.Bxe4

White has both bishops looking towards black's king side and the queen is also ready to jump at the attack. How should black react after 17.Bxe4 ?

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Round 3 results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
122499IMMendonca Leon Luke½ - ½GMBasso Pier Luigi25709
232468IMDardha Daniel0 - 1GMBlübaum Matthias26721
342658GMDonchenko Alexander1 - 0GMNisipeanu Liviu-Dieter26578
452451IMParvanyan Ashot1 - 0GMFier Alexandr25626
572571GMNguyen Thai Dai Van0bye0-1

Pairings of all rounds


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2nd 2000
3rd 1500
4th 1000
5th 500

Total Prize fund is €7500.


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