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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Nepal Chess News: MK Kayastha wins Mt Gauri Shankar Chess Open

Hello chess friends, Nepal is a growing chess country that has taken to chess only in the last few years. We like to share any chess news coming from the country which was, earlier, known as the Himalayan Kingdom. It's a republic now, but back to chess. The Mount Gauri Shankar international chess tournament concluded in the scenic town of Charikot recently. A lot of Indians and Bangladeshis are seen at chess tournaments held in Nepal.

Madan Krishna Kayastha of Nepal won the title of the Mt Gauri Shankar third Internationa Chess Tournament. Kayastha settled for a draw against Indian FIDE Master Joydeep Dutt of India in the final round match to accumulate 7.5 points and remained unbeaten in nine rounds at the Gauri Shankar Multiple College. Kayastha won six and drew three matches. With the title, Kayastha received Rs 50,000.

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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