KATHMANDU- Nepali men’s team made a light work of Kuwait registering a thumping 3-1 victory in the ninth round of the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway on Monday.
The women’s team, which had hammered Rwanda 4-0 on Sunday, were held by Aruba. Nepal champion Keshav Shrestha, Rijendra Rajbhandari and Sajin Maharjan won men’s matches, while Monalisa Khamboo and Suruchi Thing came out victors in women’s category.
The 2137- rated Candidate Master (CM) Shrestha, who is eyeing a promotion to FIDE Master (FM), took just 32 moves to close out his match against Khaled Hashem. Shrestha has accumulated 5.5 points and one point from the remaining two games will see him become Nepal’s fourth FM. Rajbhandari outplayed Ibrahim Shehab and forced him to surrender after the 51st move. Maharjan, the youngest team member, recorded his first victory of the current Olympiad with victory over Tahor Khatib. Maharjan now has 1.5 points.
In the women’s section, Khamboo, playing in the second board, earned the first point for the team as she downed Jelly Avila. Thing continued the winning streak with win over Maria Paula.
Thing has three points in the tournament so far and one more point will make her Nepal’s first women’s CM. Nepal champion Bina Jaiswal, meanwhile, had a disappoining day, losing to Stacey Caton. Sangeeta Jaiswal who succumbed to Liana Jacob.
Joshi elected South Asian president
The 58th general assembly of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) on Monday elected Nepal Chess Association President Rajesh Hari Joshi as the South Asia Zone 3.2 president for the next four years. The South Asia Zone 3.2 consists of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The congress also re-elected Kirsan Ilyumzhinov as the FIDE president. Ilumjenov defeated his closest contender and former world champion Gary Kasparov by 59 votes.
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