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Busy summer awaits Lalith Babu

J.R.Shridharan
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Grand Master M.R. Lalith Babu—PHOTO: V. RAJU
Grand Master M.R. Lalith Babu—PHOTO: V. RAJU

It is my dream to play in World Cup, he says

A hectic summer awaits city-based Grandmaster Musunuri Lalith Babu (Elo 2565) as he will be taking part in three important tournaments in the next three months. Lalith will be taking part in the Dubai GM chess tournament from April 7 to 16, in which, best players from the European countries, would take part.

“I am seeded 20 and that means I will be facing 19 GMs who are rated above me. I am a regular at Dubai tourney since 2006 and except improving my ratings I am yet to put up a good show. I am keen to employ the moves imparted by veteran GM Elizbar Ubilava, former second of World champion Vishwanathan Anand, under whom I took training last year,” said Lalith before his departure to Dubai.

Much to the relief of the 20-year-old GM and his parents, the Dubai Federation had come forward to foot the boarding and lodging bills, thus allowing the young GM to concentrate on his moves. “After the Dubai sojourn, I will be taking part in the Asian Continental GM tourney in May which is a selection tourney for the World Cup. The top three will qualify for the coveted tourney (WC) and it is my dream to play in WC. Later in June, I will be defending my title at the Commonwealth GM tournament in South Africa”.

Lalith’s career graph took an interest twist after his training with Ubilava in Spain. Soon after his return Lalith won three major titles – Barcelona Open, Commonwealth and Super Kings GM tourney both in Chennai.

“Ubilava is thrilled with Lalith’s consistency and he is willing to train him before the Asian Continental GMs tournament at Manila. I am in search of a sponsor,” said a pensive Padma, mother of the Grandmaster.

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