HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Veteran Prachanda Man Malakar and Under-19 national champion Rupesh Jaisawal shared points as Nepal lost to Estonia 3-1 in the seventh round of the 40th World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday.
Nepal faltered against the Estonia team which was without any title holder player after Nepal champion FIDE Master (FM) Manish Hamal and Deergh Raj Joshi lost their matches.
In the second board, 1970-rated Prachanda drew with 2129-rated Mark Lapidus after the 68th move. Prachanda was lucky to have shared points with the Estonian, who was in winning position. With the draw, Prachanda accumulated 2.5 points from four matches.
Similarly in third board, 1956-rated Rupesh shared points with Sander Kukk (2173). Rupesh capitalised on a mistake of the Estonian and snatched half point from Kukk, who was in a strong position at one point, after 32 moves. Rupesh has three points from six matches.
In the fourth board, 2153-rated Ottomar Lavda defeated 1897-rated Deergh Raj after the 50th move, while FM Manish suffered an early loss at the hands of 2156-rated Pavel Vorobjov after the 32nd move. Following a blunder in the 30th move, Manish quit the match after just two moves.Deergh Raj has 1.5 points from five matches, while FM Manish — the only player to feature in all seven matches so far — has earned just two points.
Nepal are up against Malta in the eighth round.