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Meet India’s 67th Grandmaster, Leon Luke Mendonca

Leon Luke Mendonca (Photo Credit: Twitter/ @riga_niki)

Leon Luke Mendonca turned the second from Goa and 67th Indian to turn out to be a Grandmaster.

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  • Last Updated: December 31, 2020, 14:34 IST

India bought it is 67th Grandmaster as Leon Luke Mendonca accomplished his third and last GM norm on the Vergani Cup in Italy.

Leon achieved the feat on the age of 14 years, 9 months and 17 days and have become the second Grandmaster from Goa. He had bought his first GM norm on the Rigo Chess GMRR again in October and bought his second inside weeks, on the 1st Saturday occasion in Budapest, all in simply 21 days.

The pursuit for the third made Leon wait because the teenager had left for the Aeroflot Openback in February however was hated by the coronavirus pandemic. He and his father stayed in rented lodging however continued his coaching along with his coach GM Vishnu Prasanna.

He does miss his mom and residential however shortly will get over that section by taking part in and coaching,” Leon’s father instructed TOI.

During the pandemic-induced lockdown, Leon managed to participate in 16 occasions within the final 9 months and elevated his ranking from 2452 to 2544.

Mendonca mentioned he was delighted to turn out to be a GM and thanked those that supported him by way of thick and skinny. “Yeah.. I’m delighted to turn out to be a GM. It has come after a variety of arduous work. I can not thank a number of folks together with my mother and father, coach Vishu Prasanna and sponsors for the success,” he instructed PTI.

The Goa teenager had taken half in a camp organised by Microsense in Chennai late in 2019 when former world champions Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand skilled various Indian gamers. After the second GM norm was achieved, his father had mentioned, “It has been difficult to remain in Europe and for him to compete in occasions. We have been staying in Airbnb rooms. “Also, it has been difficult to plan for tournaments due to the uncertainty. But it has been a rewarding one though.” Chennai participant G Akash, had in July, turn out to be the nation’s 66th Grandmaster.

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