Mouflon Chess Challenge April 2020: Damianou vs Savva
Today the Mouflon Chess Challenge starts with the match between defending Cyprus Chess Champion Ioannis Damianou and Marios Savva from Paphos at 8 PM!
1 April: DAMIANOU vs SAVVA
CM Ioannis Damianou is currently the reigning Cyprus Chess Champion. Currently ranked number 4 in Cyprus with 2202 FIDE Standard Rating (The ratings were updated 1 April 2020). He has participated in one chess olympiad in 2018 in Batumi in which he obtained his CM title. He won the Cyprus Chess Championship last year with 8.5/9 equalling the record set by GM Andreas Kelires. This year he won the Cyprus Open also by 8.5/9. In simple terms, he is one of the big favourites to win.
Marios Savva is from Paphos. Currently ranked number 16 in Cyprus with 1765 FIDE Standard Rating (The ratings were updated 1 April 2020). He has qualified twice for the Cyprus Closed Chess Championship. Along with Alexandros Isaakidis he is the first participant at the Cyprus Closed Chess Championship from the Paphos Chess Club.
The statistics make CM Ioannis Damianou clear favourite as the score between the two is 4.5-0.5. A small breakdown: As white Ioannis Damianou has won 2 standard, and 1 rapid game, as well as a draw in rapid time control, and as black he has a victory in the standard time control.