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Babu M R Lalith
Number of games in database: 441
Years covered: 2006 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2553 (2557 rapid, 2557 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2593

Overall record: +174 -87 =113 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 67 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (27) 
    D02 A40 A41 E10 E00
 English (27) 
    A15 A13 A17 A14 A16
 King's Indian (23) 
    E97 E90 E75 E94 E91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D37 D38 D39 D30
 Slav (20) 
    D17 D15 D19 D11 D16
 English, 1 c4 c5 (18) 
    A33 A30 A35 A38 A34
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (61) 
    B18 B12 B13 B11 B17
 Queen's Pawn Game (27) 
    A45 E10 D02 E00 A46
 Nimzo Indian (25) 
    E54 E32 E36 E53 E46
 Queen's Indian (13) 
    E12 E15 E16
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C80 C77 C83 C78 C81
 English (10) 
    A14 A15 A10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yifan Hou vs B Lalith, 2017 0-1
   A Das vs B Lalith, 2012 0-1
   C Gosh vs B Lalith, 2007 0-1
   B Lalith vs Kuzubov, 2015 1-0
   Jobava vs B Lalith, 2016 1/2-1/2
   Srinath Narayanan vs B Lalith, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2011/12 (2011)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2016)
   Asian Continental (2019)
   World Junior Championship (2011)
   Dutch Open (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   13th Dubai Open (2011)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   MetLife Warsaw Najdorf Chess Festival (2017)
   Isle of Man Masters (2016)
   Commonwealth Championship (2008)
   World Junior Championship (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2018)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)

   🏆 Gibraltar Masters
   B Khotenashvili vs B Lalith (Jan-30-20) 1/2-1/2
   Dominik Horvath vs B Lalith (Jan-29-20) 1/2-1/2
   B Lalith vs Le Quang Liem (Jan-28-20) 0-1
   E Atalik vs B Lalith (Jan-27-20) 0-1
   B Lalith vs Adams (Jan-26-20) 0-1

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(born Jan-05-1993, 28 years old) India

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International Master (2008); Grandmaster (2012); Commonwealth Junior Champion (2010); Indian U19 Champion (2008 & 2010), Commonwealth Champion (2012).

Master Norms

<International Master> Babu M.R. Lalith gained his IM title through direct award by placing equal first at the Asian Junior Championship in 2008, which finished on 14 December 2008. (1) He was aged 15 years 11 months 9 days at the time.

<Grandmaster Norms> He gained his GM norms through his results at the 13th International Open de Balaguer in 2008, the Chennai Open (2010) and at the Hastings (2011/12). (2) The last mentioned finished on 5 January 2012, and he gained his GM title with effect from that date as he had previously reached a rating of 2500. He was aged 19 years exactly when he became a GM.


<Youth> Lalith was equal first alongside Sai Srinivas Dasari, Baskaran Adhiban and R Premnath at the National U17 Championship in January 2007. Won the National U19 Championship in 2008 held in Tadepalligudem, West Godawari District in the Indian state of Andra Pradesh. He also won the National U19 Championship in 2010 played at Puri, Odisha, India.

<Junior> He was equal third at the Asian Junior Championship in 2007 and equal first alongside Jayaram Ashwin (second on tiebreak) at the Asian Junior Chess Championship in 2008. 5th place at the Commonwealth Championship and the top placed Junior (U20) (ahead of GM Parimarjan Negi) and therefore Commonwealth U20 Champion 2010. He was second behind Somak Palit at the 18th National U25 Championship in 2009 in India. He placed equal fourth at the Asian Junior Championship held in India in 2010.

<National> Lalith was equal fifth at the Indian National Premier Championship in December 2010, a point behind the winner Parimarjan Negi.

<Regional and Continental> He was equal first at the Commonwealth Championship in 2012, and although he was second on tiebreak, he was the new Commonwealth Champion for 2012 because of his eligibility for the title as a resident of a Commonwealth country (former British Empire country). He was equal third (fifth on tiebreak) at the Commonwealth Championship in 2014, and equal second (3rd on tiebreak) at the Commonwealth Championship 2015. (3) Lalith scored 6/9 and placed 7th at the Asian Continental Champion held in Chennai in August 2015, thereby qualifying for the World Cup 2015 as two of the leaders had previously qualified.

<World> Lalith's results at the Asian Continental Championship (2015) qualified him to play in the World Cup (2015) where he lost to Polish GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek in the first round, bowing out of the tournament.


<2004-2009> Lalith was second behind Sai Srinivas Dasari at the 2 Round Robin event in Vijayawada in August 2004. He was equal fourth at the 13th Balaguer International Open in 2008 a point behind the winner behind Vladimir Olegovich Baklan and half a point behind joint runners-up Lazaro Bruzon Batista and Fidel Corrales Jimenez. He was equal sixth, half a point from the lead, at the 1st Gurgaon International Open Chess Tournament in India in January 2009. He was the outright winner with 7.5/9 ahead of Stanislav Savchenko at the Leiden Tournament in the Netherlands in 2009.

<2010-2012> One of his best results was equal second with 7/9 at the Chennai International GM Tournament in January 2010, half a point behind Maxim Vladimirovich Turov and alongside Siddharth Ravichandran and Ziaur Rahman. He was equal first (5th on tiebreak) at the Vizag GM Open 2011. In 2012, he was equal second with 9/11, half a point behind Oliver Barbosa at the huge Parsvnath International Open that was staged in Delhi in January. In July 2012, Lalith was equal third behind David Howell and Negi with 6.5/9 at the 6th Leiden tournament. The following month he was equal first (2nd on tiebreak behind Pedro Alejandro Jimenez Fraga) with 7.5/9 at the 38th Badalona Open in Spain and in October 2012, equal fourth with 8/11 at the Vizag International Open, half a point behind the joint leaders Adhiban, Enamul Hossain and Davit Gevorgi Petrosian. In December 2012, he was equal first with 9.5/11 at the Commonwealth Championship in Chennai, but second on tiebreak to Sergei Tiviakov.

<2013-2014> 2013 saw some successes, including equal fifth at the Delhi Open in January; winning the Chennai Open ahead of Lu Shanglei on tiebreak; equal third at the Czech Open 2013, half a point behind Mikhailo Oleksienko and Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu In August he was equal first at the HZ Tournament in the Netherlands alongside Erwin L'Ami, Quinten Ducarmon and Michal Vladimirovich Krasenkow. His final tournament in 2013 was at the National Premier Open in Maharashtra where he placed outright third behind Krishnan Sasikiran and Adhiban, respectively. In March of 2014, he was equal first in a field of 400 alongside Oliver Barbosa the 19th International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament in Kolkata. Two months later in May he was equal first alongside nine other players at the National Challengers Championship.

<2015> The competitive year started in January for Lalith at the 17th Ruegenwalder North West Cup Group A in Germany when he finished equal second behind Alexandre Danin.

Team Events (4)

Won team bronze playing reserve for India at the Chess Olympiad (2014) played in Tromsø. His personal contribution to this historic result for India was to win two and draw one game. He also played reserve for India at the Asian Team Championship in 2014 and won team silver and individual bronze.

Lalith also played for India in the India-China summit match (won by China) in 2015 and in the Indian league from 2013.

Rating History

Lalith's initial rating was 2089 in January 2004. His highest rating to date was 2594 in April 2014.

References and Sources

(1); (2); (3); (4)

Wikipedia article: Babu M.R. Lalith; Photo:

Last updated: 2019-01-05 06:42:45

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 441  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Kayumov vs B Lalith  0-14820068th Dubai OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. B Lalith vs Kotsur  0-111320068th Dubai OpenA04 Reti Opening
3. S Prathamesh vs B Lalith  0-18520068th Dubai OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
4. B Lalith vs A Adly  0-13920068th Dubai OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Negi vs B Lalith 1-04020068th Dubai OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
6. B Lalith vs J Al-Huwar  1-03420068th Dubai OpenD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
7. F El Taher vs B Lalith  ½-½3420068th Dubai OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
8. B Lalith vs A El Arousy  1-051200616th Abu Dhabi International CD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. A Mohammad vs B Lalith  ½-½6120078th United Insurance DhakaB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
10. B Lalith vs N Murshed  0-12720078th United Insurance DhakaD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. C Gosh vs B Lalith 0-15620078th United Insurance DhakaB12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. G N Gopal vs B Lalith  ½-½4320078th United Insurance DhakaB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
13. B Lalith vs Z Rahman  ½-½5420078th United Insurance DhakaD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. B Lalith vs A Minhazuddin  1-03320078th United Insurance DhakaA17 English
15. M Lodhi vs B Lalith  1-04320078th United Insurance DhakaA47 Queen's Indian
16. B Lalith vs M Hossain  1-03620078th United Insurance DhakaE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
17. B Lalith vs W So ½-½522007Asian Individual ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
18. A Nguyen vs B Lalith  ½-½432007Asian Individual ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
19. B Lalith vs E Moradiabadi  0-1432007Asian Individual ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Li Shilong vs B Lalith  1-0602007Asian Individual ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
21. B Lalith vs S Fancy 1-0182007Asian Individual ChampionshipA15 English
22. S Khader vs B Lalith  1-0442007Asian Individual ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. B Lalith vs V Sevillano  ½-½532007Asian Individual ChampionshipA15 English
24. E Bagamasbad vs B Lalith  1-0382007Asian Individual ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
25. B Lalith vs Wei Ming Kevin Goh  ½-½512007Asian Individual ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-23-07  samsal27: Lalith Babu drew with IM Wesley So which is really an excellent result considering that Wesley had just won the Gold medal on the first board in the World Under 16 Chess Olympiad.
Jul-15-08  BIDMONFA: Babu M R Lalith

LALITH, Babu M. R.

Nov-11-08  samsal27: Lalith wins National Junior after becoming IM in Goa earlier this year ...

Congrats to him!

Jul-19-09  indianchessupdates: Laith Babu wins the 3rd Leiden Chess Tournament 2009 with a outstanding 7.5/9 points

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Jul-19-09  Dredge Rivers: My sweet Babu!
Jul-26-09  returnoftheking: Good performance at Leiden Chess Tournament. The newspaper said his last round game was the only one played for a decisive result-his competitors for first place made quick draws. Fighting spirit rewarded!
Aug-01-09  indianchessupdates: .

Lalith Babu continued his good form from Leiden tournament by finishing 8th with 6/9 points in the Dutch Open.

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  Tabanus: 5th place today and Commonwealth U20 Champion 2010 (ahead of GM Parimarjan Negi):, congratulations!

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  wordfunph: scorching performance by IM Babu Lalith with 6.5/8 behind current leader GM Wang Yue's 7/8 in Hastings Congress 2011-2012..

no doubt this guy will soon achieve the GM title, go Babu!

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  wordfunph: congrats GM Babu!

<Babu Lalith is officially listed as an International Master, but he is actually already a GM, having accomplished that title in the Hastings Congress early last month when his rating crossed the 2500 level. Lalith is 19 years old, the 26th International Grandmaster of India>

Source: Bobby Ang's Chess Piece

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  wordfunph: FIDE finally approved Babu Lalith's GM title..


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  Penguincw: Babu M R Lalith will play in the 2015 World Cup. He finished in 7th place at the Asian Continental Championship (6/9), and would normally not qualify, as only the top 5 will make it. However, 2 of the top 5 have already qualified via. other means, so he'll get to play!
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  WannaBe: Somebody's gotta do a Peanuts based pun on "Sweet Babu"!
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  tpstar: "Searching For Babu Fischer"
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  wordfunph: goodluck, GM Babu!!!
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  wordfunph: Lalith (2547) vs So (2765)

exciting game tonight..

Jan-29-19  gokusano: If it is a draw, a 216 difference in Elo means nothing but just equal in strength. What could that mean? Both are 2547 in strength, or both are 2765. Pick which one is correct. I presume it's the former.
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  wordfunph: gwapo ba si GM Babu Lalith?
Jan-30-19  torrefan: Type din nya mga balbon kasi.
Jan-30-19  jith1207: Funny first and last post on this page currently is about a draw between Babu and So, 12 years apart.
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  Penguincw: Excellent performance for BMRL at Gibraltar Masters (2019). Was undefeated, scored 7/10 in a massive tie for 6th. He was the top performer out of those who were undefeated, excluding winner Artemiev.
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  Williebob: Not intended harshly, but here is a nugget of thought for you, <gokusano>: One game of chess is not enough to establish anyone’s ability or rating.

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