Lalith Babu emerges Champion, Lu Shanglei takes runner-up spot
Lalith Babu and Lu Shanglei logged in 9.0 points from eleven rounds, ahead of GMs Adhiban Baskaran and Niaz Murshed. Also, Lalith Babu becomes the first Indian to emerge the Champion in the five editions of Chennai Open held so far. Lalith Babu went through the event without any loss, winning seven and drawing four, while Lu Shanglei suffered a solitary loss to GM Adhiban Baskaran.
Shri K Shankar, President, Shipping Division, India Cements Ltd distributed the prizes. Present on the dais were Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, International Arbiter S Paul Arokiaraj, Chief Arbiter and Shri B Murugavel, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association.
1-2 M R Lalith Babu, Lu Shanglei (China) 9, 3-4 B Adhiban, Niaz Murshed (Bangladesh) 8.5, 5-15 Teske Henrik (Germany), Swapnil S Dhopade, Andrei Deviatkin (Russia), Kuderinov Kirill (Kazakstan), P Shyam Nikil, Wan Yunguo (China), Prasanna Raghuram Rao, C Praveen Kumar, R Ramnath Bhuvanesh, Padmini Rout, R Siddharth 8, 16-20 S L Narayanan, Marat Dzhumaev (Uzbekistan), B S Shivananda, Czebe Attila (Hungary), V R Aravindh Chithambaram 7 ptsRound 11 Results (Indians unless specified)
Andrei Deviatkin (Rus) 8 lost to Lu Shanglei (Chn) 9, Niaz Murshed (Ban) 8.5 drew with B Adhiban 8.5, M R Lalith Babu 9 bt Swapnil S Dhopade 8, R Ramnath Bhuvanesh 8 drew with Teske Henrik (Ger) 8, Wan Yunguo (Chn) 8 bt R A Pradeep Kumar 7.5, C Praveen Kumar 8 bt Aleksej Aleksandrov (Blr) 7, Swathi Ghate 7 lost to Kuderinov Kirill (Kaz) 8, Prasanna Raghuram Rao 8 bt P Lokesh 7, Padmini Rout 8 bt Kayumov Dmitry (Uzb) 7, Ziaur Rahman (Ban) 7.5 bt D P Singh 6.5, Matta Vinay Kumar 7 drew with Raset Ziatdinov (USA) 7