Young Indian International master Leon Luke Mendonca won a GM tournament in Hungary with a round to spare to close in on the coveted Grandmaster title.
The 14-year-old player from Goa won the First Saturday GM November 2020 event in Budapest to earn his second Grandmaster norm in the space of 21 days. He needs one more norm to earn the GM title.
Mendonca (Elo 2516) finished with 7.5 points and won the title with a round to spare. He remained unbeaten in the event and scored wins over two Grandmasters.
He posted six wins and three draws in the nine-round championship.
In October, he won the Rigochess International Chess Festival Grandmaster tournament in Hungary where he gained his maiden GM norm.
“Extremely happy with my performance having won the tournament and the norm with a round to spare,” he told PTI from Budapest.