Nepal Chess News: Tough Fights at NECOS Open
Top seeded Badri Lal Nepali, 2131-rated former Nepal champion, lost his third round match against 1947-rated Bhagawati Prasad Sharma, while 1945-rated Prakash Nepal defeated 2050-rated another former Nepal champion Surbir Lama. The shock defeats of former Nepal champions continued when 1974-rated Naveen Tandukar suffered a loss at the hands of 1688-rated Bikram Dhwoj Shrestha.
Defending champion Ganesh Man Duwal suffered back-to-back defeat after the 2002-rated veteran lost to 1761-rated Deepak Maharjan in the second round before being beaten by 1574-rated Mohan Singh Pradhan in the third.
Sharing the third-round lead with Punya Man were Bhagawati, Prakash, Madan Krishna Kayastha (2092), Krishna Thapa (2022), Niraj Niraula (2012), Sudip Bajracharya (1917), Kamal Shrestha (1881), Rajan Puri (1977), Bibek Thing (1881), Dharam Bahadur Lama (1974), Purna Raj Khadka (1969) and Bhuwaneshwor Chaudhary (1777). FIDE Master Bilam Lal Shrestha missed on a chance to share the lead and was at the second spot with 2.5 points after playing a draw with 1820-rated Laba Kumar Shrestha in the second round.
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