And here we go for the second round of the Serbia Chess Open 2022! Today, there were many clashes between grandmasters at ~2600 Elo and international masters at ~2400 Elo scheduled on top boards! Most of the time, the logic of the ranking was respected, but there were still a few surprises.
The biggest performance is probably the one from the young Turkish player Erdogmus Yagiz Kaan (2388 Elo), only 11 years old, who defeated with the black pieces the Indian grandmaster Mendonca Leon Luke (2562 Elo).
Position after 35…Nxd4
In this position, Mendonca could have won the game with 36.Nxf6+ Nxf6 37.Qd8+ Kg7 38.Re7+ Kh6 39.Qf8# but in time trouble, he blundered with 36.Qd8?? and after 36...Kg7, White’s attack was over and Mendonca ended up giving his queen in one move. A great performance for the 11-year-old Erdogmus!
Otherwise in the Masters tournament, the other surprises are the following:
- Serbian grandmaster Velimir Ivic (2628 Elo) who drew table 2 against FIDE master Risteski Emil (2405 Elo).
- Indian grandmaster Aryan Chopra (2609 Elo) who drew against Indian international master Muthaiah Al (2401 Elo)
In the amateur tournament, the Bulgarian grandmaster Popchev Milko (2207 Elo) drew table 1 against the candidate master Bozinovic Boban (1918 Elo). The same goes for the Serbian international master Kostic Filip (2185 Elo) against the Serbian player Jovic Stevan (1910 Elo). The tournament looks very open and difficult to predict!
In the Masters tournament, more than 30 players have 2 points out of 2 and we will start to see the first clashes between GMs on top boards! Don't miss the start of the games tomorrow at 4pm!
You can follow the games live on all the major online chess platforms, here are the links below: