GM Rohit Lalith Babu wins National Chess Rapid title

Ahmedabad: Grandmaster Rohit Lalith Babu clinched the National Rapid Championship title at the Gujarat State Co.op. Bank Ltd. (A.C Hall) today. Lalith defeated GM Swapnil Dhopade of Indian Railways in the final round while GM Aravindh Chidambaram edged out IM Dinesh Sharma on top board.

GM Aravindh Chidambaram of Tamil Nadu. [Photo: Gujarat State Chess Association]
After a tough and nail-biting final round, Aravindh and Lalith tied for the first place with 9.5/11 points respectively. While Lalith emerged as the champion with a better tie-break score, Aravindh secured the second place. Both players exhibited a brilliant show of the game, keeping opponents on their toes with speed and powerful moves.

IM Dinesh Sharma of L.I.C settled for third place. [Photo: Priyadarshan Banjan]
In the four-day event, around 164 players representing all states and affiliated sports departments participated. The event was organized by the Gujarat State Chess Association.

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name sex FED RtgI Club/City Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 n w we w-we K rtg+/-
1 1 GM Lalith Babu M R IND 2535 PSPB 9,5 1,0 77,0 81,5 69,75 9 11 9,5 8,39 1,11 20 22,2
2 14 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2353 TN 9,5 0,0 76,0 81,5 68,25 9 11 9,5 6,19 3,31 20 66,2
3 13 IM Sharma Dinesh K. IND 2357 LIC 8,5 0,0 75,0 80,0 60,50 8 11 8,5 7,45 1,05 20 21,0
4 37 IM Harsha Bharathakoti IND 2084 TEL 8,5 0,0 68,0 72,0 52,75 7 11 8,5 4,57 3,93 20 78,6
5 5 GM Laxman R.R. IND 2447 Rlys 8,0 0,0 75,0 81,0 56,00 7 11 8 7,46 0,54 20 10,8
6 10 IM Das Arghyadip IND 2389 WB 8,0 0,0 72,0 77,5 55,00 5 11 8 8,81 -0,81 20 -16,2
7 11 IM Karthikeyan P. IND 2387 Rlys 8,0 0,0 72,0 77,5 54,75 7 11 8 7,86 0,14 20 2,8
8 3 GM Thejkumar M. S. IND 2463 Rlys 8,0 0,0 70,0 76,0 52,75 7 11 8 9,52 -1,52 20 -30,4
9 20 FM Sadhwani Raunak IND 2308 MAH 8,0 0,0 70,0 75,0 50,75 7 11 8 6,87 1,13 20 22,6
10 17 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh IND 2336 MAH 8,0 0,0 69,0 74,5 52,25 7 11 8 7,33 0,67 20 13,4