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Lalith wins again, shares fourth spot

NEW DELHI: International Master M.R. Lalith Babu downed local talent Ali Bitalzadeh in the eighth and penultimate round of Dutch Open chess tournament at Dieren, Holland, on Wednesday.

A fourth victory on the trot raised Lalith’s tally to six points.

He shares the fourth spot with two others, including the world’s youngest Grandmaster at present, Anish Giri of the Netherlands.

The results (eighth round, involving Indians):

Sitges Open: S. Arun Prasad (6) bt Alexis Douriet (Cub, 5); Povilas Lasinskas (Ltu, 5) lost to S. Kidambi (6); Olga Alexandrova (Esp, 5.5) drew with P. Magesh Chandran (5.5); Ruben Martin (Esp, 4.5) lost to S. Satyapragyan (5.5).

Dutch Open: M. R. Lalith Babu (6) bt Ali Bitalzadeh (Ned, 5); B. Adhiban (5) drew with Erik Hoeksema (Ned, 5); Aleksandar Wohl (Aus, 5.5) bt P. Karthikeyan (4.5); Shyam Sundar (5) bt Peter Ypma (Ned, 4); Stefan Kuipers (Ned, 4.5) drew with V. A. V. Rajesh (4.5); Soumya Swaminathan (4.5) bt Nathanael Spaan (Ned, 3.5).

Rob van Helvoort (Ned, 4) drew with Padmini Rout (4); David Klein (Ned, 3.5) lost to S. Harini (4.5); Shreyansh Daklia (3.5) drew with Milan Mostertman (Ned, 3.5); Reint van der Knijff (Ned, 4) bt Kiran Manisha Mohanty (3); P. Uthra (3.5) bt Ton Ellenbroek (Ned, 2.5): R. Meenu (2) lost to Djurre den Heeten (Ned, 3).

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