Donchenko dominates Tegernsee Masters

by Klaus Besenthal
11/9/2020 – The Tegernsee Masters in Bad Wiessee ended with the expected victory of Alexander Donchenko. Despite his dominant performance in the first eight rounds, the German grandmaster did not miss his chances and defeated Ashot Parvanyan on Sunday — Donchenko finished with an impressive 6½/8 score and was the only undefeated participant in the field. Matthias Bluebaum and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu came in second and third respectively. | Photo: Amruta Mokal (Archive)

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One more win

In his game with black against Ashot Parvanyan, Alexander Donchenko had an inferior position for a few moves, but he continued to show a remarkable, unconditional desire to win once again — perhaps the main reason that allowed him to get a string of good results recently.


Ashot Parvanyan, Alexander Donchenko and main arbiter Ralph Alt | Photo: Sebastian Siebrecht

If Donchenko had not won in the last round, Matthias Bluebaum could still have made it to the top of the standings table with a win over Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. However, these are idle hypotheses, as after all Donchenko decided everything in his favour with his victory. Nevertheless, even a loss would have been enough for Donchenko — everything went wrong for Bluebaum in his last game of the event:


But then Matthias Blübaum came second after all! | Photo: Sebastian Siebrecht

Some mistakes were made by Thai Dai Van Nguyen and Leon Luke Mendonca in their last-round encounter. However, it was the Czech grandmaster who scored a full point to end the tournament.


Thai Dai Van Nguyen and Leon Luke Mendonca | Photo: Sebastian Siebrecht

Earlier in the day, Alexandr Fier and Daniel Dardha had signed a 31-move draw.

The hope for 2021: that the magnificent landscape in Upper Bavaria will again be the backdrop for another strong over-the-board event

Final standings

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Donchenko Alexander 6,5 23,50
2 Blübaum Matthias 5,0 17,50
3 Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 5,0 17,25
4 Basso Pier Luigi 4,5 15,25
5 Nguyen Thai Dai Van 4,0 13,25
6 Dardha Daniel 3,5 10,75
7 Fier Alexandr 3,0 13,00
8 Mendonca Leon Luke 3,0 12,00
9 Parvanyan Ashot 1,5 4,50
10 Keymer Vincent 1,0 1,50

All games



Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.


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