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Lalit Babu dominates Czech Open G1 Rapid 2023, Iniyan third

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/07/2023

GM Lalit Babu scored 8/9 to win Czech Open G1 Rapid 2023. He finished a full point ahead of the field. GM Lev Yankelevich (GER) and GM Iniyan P scored 7/9 each. They secured second and third place respectively. Both Lalit and Yankelevich remained undefeated. Their penultimate round battle against each other ended in a draw. The total prize fund of the event was 60000 CZK. The top three prizes were 10000 + trophy, 6000 and 5000 CZK each respectively. This is Lalit's first tournament triumph of the year. He is in the championship scene of Czech Open A Pardubice 2023. Lalit's last tournament triumph was last year at Dreamhack Rapid Open 2023. Photos: Czech Open Pardubice

Lalit wins the tournament with a round to spare

GM Lalit Babu won the tournament with one to spare when he drew against GM Lev Yankelevich (GER) in the penultimate eighth round. He maintained a 1.5 point lead heading into the final round. Even a loss in the final round would not have allowed anyone to match his score. He drew against IM Jakub Pulpan (CZE) to become champion 8/9. GM Iniyan P defeated GM Peter Michalik (CZE) to finish third 7/9

Top 3 - 2nd GM Lev Yankelevich (GER) 7/9, 1st GM Lalit Rohit 8/9 and 3rd GM Iniyan P 7/9

GM Lalit Rohit in action

GM Lalit Rohit scored an unbeaten 8/9 and gained 17.7 Elo rating points

Czech Open 2023 G1 Rapid in progress at Congress Center Ideon in Pardubice, Czech Republic

A total of 83 players including 10 GMs and 13 IMs took part from 16 countries across the world in  this two-day Rapid Rating Open tournament. It was organized by AVE-Kontakt s.r.o., Pardubice at Congress Center Ideon in Pardubice, Czech Republic on 19th and 20th July 2023. The time control of the event was 20 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Krtg+/-
GMLalit, Babu M RIND255084852,545,751017,7
GMYankelevich, LevGER2333748,55239,002053,2
GMIniyan, PIND24417424635,5010-2
IMVykouk, JanCZE2420SK ZIKUDA Turnov, z.s.6,546,55134,00108,2
IMPulpan, JakubCZE2519ŠK JOLY Lysá nad Labem6,54447,533,5010-7,3
GMMichalik, PeterCZE25266505535,2510-1,7
GMRasik, VitezslavCZE2411SK Line646,55133,00100,3
GMMovsesian, SergeiARM26166465030,0010-15,9
GMStocek, JiriCZE2534644,548,529,2510-11,3
IMPercivaldi, MartinDEN23416444729,00201



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