Nepal Chess News: Bibek Thing is Nepal u-19 National Chess Champion
Bibek needed not less than a victory to lift the title and in the seventh and final round he was up against Bijay, who was on six points where a draw could have fetched the latter his first national crown. Bijay, however, lost the decider and after both players were tied on six points, the winner was decided through head-to-head result.
Along with the title, Bibek pocketed a cash purse of Rs 10,000 and secured a berth in the National Chess Championships to begin from January 20. Bijay got Rs 6,000. In the sixth round, Bibek had overcome Yaishash Khamboo. Yaishash ended up third in the table on progressive rate after he was tied on five points with four other players. He took Rs 4,000.
Defending champion Rupesh Jaiswal’s miserable performance ended on a disgraceful fifth spot after his brother Bikesh edged him on progressive point. Raj Prajapati of Khwapring School finished sixth and Surya Basnet of St Lawrence was seventh. All of them got Rs 1,000 apiece. Surya Basnet was named the best player of the tournament.
Nepal Chess Association President Rajesh Hari Joshi, Joint-president Santesh Man Singh Pradhan and General Secretary Ekka Lal Shrestha among others handed over the prizes to the winners. (The Himalayan Times)