Nepal Chess News: MK Kayastha wins Mt Gauri Shankar Chess Open
Former Nepal champion Badri Lal Nepali finished second after he shared points with Bangladesh’s Sadiq Ahmed in the ninth round. Nepali earned seven points and pocketed Rs 30,000. Likewise, Kumar Gaurav of India came third on progressive points after he was tied with three other players on 6.5 points. His countryman Joydeep Dutt was fourth, while Nepal’s Himal Lama and Rijendra Rajbhandari came fifth and sixth respectively.
Winner of the first edition, Nepal’s Rajendra Prasad Shrestha was seventh, while Bhupendra Niraula came eighth. Rajan Puri of Nepal and Bangladesh’s Ahmed completed the top 10. India’s Sohini Ganguly was the best among women players, while Nandan Kumar won the unrated section title. Bikram Dhoj Shrestha of Dolahka was adjudged the best among the local players.
Other winners of the tournament included Frenchman Stephen Luhui (1900-2100 rated), Himal Rai (1700-1899 rated) and Govinda Shrestha (1500-1699 rated). Also, Nepal’s Prabhat Lama, Shreyak Thapa and Muskan Acharya and India’s Garima Gaurav won the age-category titles.
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