Kayastha, Hamal win opening-day matches

Lalitpur, April 2

Two-time champion Candidate Master Madan Krishna Kayastha and FIDE Master Manish Hamal made winning starts in the Shivani Air fifth Kaman Sahakari Chess Tournament here today.

Kayastha defeated Keshav Manandhar in the opening day match, while FM Hamal saw off Binita Kapali. Himal Lama defeated Sunil Bahadur Koirala and Badri Lal Nepali recorded a win against Bikram Singhak.

Likewise, CM Rijendra Rajbhandari defeated Sanjit Tamang and Punyaman Karmacharya registered a victory over Yuvaraj Paudel. Similarly, CM Kshitiz Bhandari, Sumit Panta, Govinda Khadka, Ashish Phuyal, Shyam Lal Das, Nabin Tandukar, Rabindra Shakya, Sujendra Prasad Shrestha, Suman Lama and Bhagawati Prasad Sharma won their matches in the first round.

Also, Ranjan Kunwar, Rajendra Prasad Shrestha, Manoj BK, Suman Rai, Anish Kumar Subedi, Mohamad Adarnam Adil, Sujan KC, Sabin Chandra Ghimire, Ramesh Maharjan registered victories in their matches. A total of 80 players are competing in the tournament which is jointly organised by Lalitpur District Saving and Credit Cooperative Ltd and Tamarakar Society.