Saturday, January 7, 2012

Musunuri Lalith Babu becomes GM

International Master Musunuri Lalith Babu (Elo 2484) (Vijayawada) clinched the final GM norm at the ongoing Hastings Grandmasters chess championship at London on Thursday thus becoming a Grandmaster, the 26 player from India.

Nineteen-year-old Lalith defeated fellow- Indian GM Deep Sengupta in the eighth round to become the fourth GM from Andhra Pradesh — the other three being Pendyala Hari Krishna (Guntur), Koneru Humpy (Vijayawada) and Dronavalli Harika (Guntur).

“The wait is over. It took some time for Lalith to win the elusive final norm. Getting it in an alien land is special,” said Lalith's mother M. Padma.

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