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Musunuri Rohit Lalit Babu (born 5 January 1993) is an Indian chess player. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 2012.

He was born in Vijayawada,[1] Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. Lalith Babu took the silver medal at the Asian Junior Chess Championship in 2008 and as a result he was awarded the title of International Master.[2] He achieved the title of Grandmaster after scoring norms at Balaguer in October 2008, Chennai Open in 2010 and Hastings Masters in 2012.[1]

He won the Leiden chess tournament in the Netherlands in 2009.[3] The following year, Lalith Babu took the bronze medal at the Parsvnath Commonwealth Championship in New Delhi.[4] He won the Commonwealth Chess Championship in 2012 at Chennai[5][6] and won the Chennai Super Kings International Grandmaster tournament in 2013 on tiebreak over Lu Shanglei.[7]

In 2014, he played on the Indian national team in the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway winning the team bronze medal.[8] He won the 55th National Premier Chess Championship of India, held in Patna in November 2017, to become the Indian national chess champion.[9][10] He went on winning the National rapid 2018 championship and finished second in the National blitz.[11] Lalith Babu he won the SCO Open, held from the 14 to the 22 October 2018 in the town of Xingtai, Hebei, China.[12]


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  2. ^ "After GM title Babu aims to become world champion". Zee News. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ "The Week in Chess 767". Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Parsvnath Commonwealth Chess Championship 2010". Chessdom. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Commonwealth Chess Championships 2012 – Tiviakov Champion, Lalith Babu awarded Commonwealth title | Chessdom". Retrieved 11 June 2019.
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  7. ^ "Chennai Super Kings Open: Lalith Babu emerges Champion". Chessdom. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Lalith creates history at Chess Olympiad in Norway". Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Lalith Babu crowned national chess champion". The Times of India. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  10. ^ "GM Lalith Babu is the new Indian Champion". FIDE. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  11. ^ Shah, Sagar (5 May 2018). "Lalith Babu is the National Rapid 2018 Champion". ChessBase India. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Lalith Babu shares some of his secrets from the win at Shanghai Cooperation Cup 2018 - ChessBase India". Retrieved 11 June 2019.

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