Goa’s Leon Mendoca returns from Europe as India’s 67th Grandmaster

Gomantak Times Desk
Thursday, 2 September 2021

Leon is the youngest chess grandmaster in Goa. At the end of December last year in Italy, he achieved the third norm required for the title and finally achieved his dream. 

Leon Mendonca, a young chess player from Goa who went to play in a European chess tournament in March last year, got stuck there with his father due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

During that period, he achieved the required three norms and became India’s 67th Grandmaster. But, he had to wait for one and a half years to return home.

Leon and his father, Lyndon, finally arrived on Thursday. At that time, they were warmly welcomed by chess lovers in the state. At Dabolim Airport, officials of Tiswadi Taluka Chess Association and Goa Chess Association were present to welcome him.

Leon is the youngest chess grandmaster in Goa. At the end of December last year in Italy, he achieved the third norm required for the title and finally achieved his dream. 

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