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Friday, August 5, 2011

Kathmandu's very own chess park

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Hello everyone,

We have an interesting feature story from Kathmandu, nestled in the Himalayas, in Nepal where chess is catching up quite a bit lately.


This small park lies tucked behind the huge billboards at the Thapathali bend as you come to Tripureshwor from Kopundole. If you happen to be there during midday, it’s eerily deserted and reminds you of some forgotten place. But come late afternoon, and it wakes up to the gatherings of local elderly folks, and for two years now, to the rapt games of chess aficionados – from amateurs to national players.

Thought it still remains officially unnamed, people now call it the Chess Park for the reason that there’s always a game or two of chess going on at some corner with fully absorbed players and equally engrossed audience. Who and what brought these people together to this particular place? One man – Bharat Dhimal – and his love for the game is credited by many for giving the overlooked place its new identity.

Read the complete article at this link. A chess-y thank you to Navin Thapa for emailing us this article from Kathmandu.
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  • At August 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM , Anonymous A.T. Pokhara said...

    Yes chess is catching up in Nepal however the stress is still on carrom. Maybe because you dont have to learn anything in carrom just practice. We require a lot of studying in chess also. But still it's nice to have more people understand and play chess here in Nepal.


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