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Unstoppable Leon conquers three events in April 2021

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/05/2021

GM Leon Luke Mendonca won all three Vezerkepzo tournaments he played this year. He won four consecutive over-the-board tournaments so far, starting with a victory at 2nd Kumania GM. He scored a massive 23.5/27 in April and became unbeaten champion in all of them. He finished a half point ahead of the competition in the first event, 1.5 points in ahead in the second and a whopping 2.0 points ahead in the third event. He is now at a 42 game unbeaten streak. All these are over-the-board tournament statistics. He also took part in the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour for Team Kramnik and finished ninth. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Sunway Sitges Open

Leon is on a four tournament winning streak

Brand Ambassador of Geno and Microsense GM Leon Luke Mendonca won four consecutive tournaments since March including three wins in April. He won First Saturday IM April 2021 with an unbeaten 7.5/9 on 13th April, then he won 2nd Vezerkepzo IM with another unbeaten performance of 8.0/9 on 22nd April and the last tournament of the month was Vezerkepzo IM April 2021 which he also won with the same score as the previous event 8.0/9 and remained undefeated. He also played Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour. In total he played 45 tournament games and remained undefeated for the entire month in over-the-board tournaments.

Leon wins three tournaments in April 2021 | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Sunway Sitges Open

First Saturday April IM

Leon launched fantastic attack against WFM Zsoka Gaal in Round 3.

Leon - Zsoka, Round 3

Position after 19...Ng6

White has a huge advantage here. What should be the correct plan after 19...Ng6 ?

Leon scored 7.5/9 and remained undefeated to win First Saturday IM April 2021

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 nw-weKrtg+/-
IMMendonca Leon LukeIND25497,530,250,09-0,1910-1,9
IMSzeberenyi AdamHUN23617,026,750,080,95109,5
FMJuhasz AgostonHUN23566,021,750,090,32206,4
FMPapadiamandis ElliotFRA22925,520,250,090,644025,6
IMVegh EndreHUN22235,018,000,081,341013,4
FMLyell MarkENG21754,013,000,090,632012,6
WFMGaal ZsokawHUN21693,512,000,090,21408,4
WIMVidic TejawSLO21922,511,000,09-1,0820-21,6
Tancsa TamasHUN21572,56,500,09-0,6340-25,2
WIMHrescak IvanawSLO22011,56,000,09-2,1920-43,8


2nd Vezerkepzo IM

Leon won seven straight games before making two draws. He scored a clinical victory against FM Elliott Papadiamandis in Round 3.

Leon - Papadiamandis, Round 3

Position after 12...Be2

12...Be2 is a big mistake. Find out why.

Leon had some fantastic games against FM Elliot Papadiamandis | Photo: IA Tamas Gyomber

WFM Kata Karacsonyi lost to GM Leon Luke Mendonca in Round 5 | Photo: IA Tamas Gyomber

Leon scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 and performed at 2576

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 nw-weKrtg+/-
IMMendonca Leon LukeIND25498,00,031,0090,26102,6
GMPacher MilanSVK24356,50,027,509-0,2010-2,0
WIMJuhasz BarbarawHUN22116,00,021,5091,952039,0
IMSong JulienFRA23205,50,520,0090,09100,9
FMPapadiamandis ElliotFRA22925,50,517,5090,444017,6
Mahieu LucFRA21644,00,011,5090,544021,6
WFMKaracsonyi KatawHUN21383,50,010,7590,354014,0
Konyves AlmosHUN21203,00,09,0090,06402,4
Lakatos TamasHUN21391,51,03,259-1,6740-66,8
WFMJuhasz JuditwHUN21531,50,08,509-1,8240-72,8


Vezerkepzo IM April 2021

After starting the tournament with two draws, Leon won the remaining seven games and finished first with 8.0/9. Leon sacrificed his queen to score a brilliant victory in the fifth round against Jan Brhel.

Leon - Brhel, Round 5

Position after 22...Ndc5

Find out the winning continuation for white after 22...Ndc5.

Leon scored his first win of the tournament against Stanislav Starek | Photo: IA Tamas Gyomber

Leon once again scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 to win the event

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 nw-weKrtg+/-
IMMendonca Leon LukeIND25498,00,032,5090,14101,4
FMPasti AronHUN22316,00,023,5091,512030,2
Forgacs Attila Jr.HUN21725,50,022,0081,194047,6
Balint VilmosHUN22544,50,016,759-0,2720-5,4
WFMTerbe ZsuzsannawHUN21864,01,016,2590,07201,4
FMLyell MarkENG21754,00,016,7590,23204,6
Brhel JanSVK20313,51,013,2591,372027,4
IMKahn Evarth Dr.HUN21693,50,014,509-0,2010-2,0
IMJakab AttilaHUN23713,00,513,009-3,2110-32,1
Starek StanislavCZE22253,00,511,508-0,8320-16,6


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