Chess: Lalith Babu wins his third straight title

The Vijayawada-based Lalith scored 6.5 points from nine rounds to emerge winner in Czech Republic.

GM M R Lalith Babu with the winners trophy in the Marienbad Chess Open in Czech Republic on Saturday.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

GM M.R. Lalith Babu won his third straight title when he clinched honours in the Marienbad Chess Open at  Marianske Laznein, Czech Republic on Saturday.

The Vijayawada-based Lalith scored 6.5 points from nine rounds to emerge winner. "I am very happy to win three back-to-back titles on coming back to international Circuit after the pandemic break," he informed The Hindu.

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"Overall, my gameplay was very solid though I missed some chances in couple of games but at the end I am happy that I won the championship," he said.

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