VIJAYAWADA: M.R. Lalith Babu of Vijayawada won the Commonwealth u-20 chess championship that concluded at Singapore on Tuesday by garnering eight points out of the possible nine.

However, Lalith could not play the first round owing to the new rule introduced by the FIDE. “FIDE has introduced ‘zero tolerance’ rule and as per the rule players should report to their respective tables one minute before the start of play. I reached a bit late hence I was prevented from playing,” Lalith said.

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