January 23, 2022 5:27:50 pm
Indian Grandmaster M R Lalith Babu emerged victorious in the Marienbad Open 2022 chess tournament here.
He remained unbeaten through nine rounds and accumulated 6.5 points to finish half a point ahead of Icelandic GM Hannes Stefansson, the runner-up.
Lalith Babu won four games and drew the other five to take the top position.
His wins came against Czech players Vaclav Finek, Karel Malinovsku, Daniel Sorm and Jakub Kusa.
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The 29-year old Indian GM drew his final round match against Stefansson late on Saturday to seal the top spot.
It was a third straight title for Lalith Babu. He had previously won in Thailand, followed by one in Italy.
“Kickstarted 2022 by achieving hat-trick championship, by winning my 3rd event Marienbad Open 2022!,” the Indian GM tweeted.
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