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International Grandmaster Open in Chennai – Three players share lead

Grandmaster M R Lalith Babu of India defeated GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel of Armenia and moved into shared lead with 4.5 points, after the fifth round of the Chennai Grandmaster International Open Chess tournament held in celebration of the FIDE World Championship Match 2013 at Nehru Stadium, Chennai here today.

Sharing the lead at 4.5 points along with Lalith Babu were GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (India) and IM Mozharov Mikhail (Russia).

Grandmaster M R Lalith Babu

Grandmaster M R Lalith Babu

Top round 5 results:
GM Lalith Babu M.R. IND 2570 – GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2568 1 – 0
IM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2441 – GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2582 0 – 1
GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2519 – GM Vishnu Prasanna. V IND 2505 ½ – ½
IM Loeffler Stefan GER 2404 – IM Mozharov Mikhail RUS 2508 0 – 1
GM Popov Ivan RUS 2652 – IM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2444 1 – 0
GM Babujian Levon ARM 2510 – FM Petrosyan Tigran S. ARM 2389 1 – 0
GM Laxman R.R. IND 2428 – GM Papin Vasily RUS 2510 ½ – ½
Navin Kanna T.U. IND 2348 – GM Drazic Sinisa SRB 2469 0 – 1
IM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2454 – Sardana Rishi AUS 2356 0 – 1

The playing format of the tournament is 11-round Swiss and the total prize fund is 16,000 USD.

R R Vasudevan
Press Officer

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