Local briefs

Niraula on top

KATHMANDU: Neeraj Niraula of Jhapa accumulated six points to lead the National Open Chess Tournament after the seventh round, today. Digesh Shankar Malla, Rajan Chhetri, Punya Man Karmacharya, Janardan Shrestha and Binod Gyawali are at the second spot with five and a half points each. Rajendra Prasad Shrestha, Ramesh Adhikari and Hira Dangol, with five points, are at the third position. In the fourth place are Laxmi Nath Kandel, Maheshwor Lal Dangol, Purna Raj Khadka, Vijendra Singh, Anupam Tuladhar, Jitendra Shrestha and Shyam Shrestha. The five-day tournament has been organised by Nepal Chess Association.

Malpi School finish first in athletics

KATHMANDU: Malpi International School won the Inter-school Open Athletics Competition. Sagar Lopchan Tamang and Sabitri Puri of Dipendra Police Higher Secondary School were named the best athletes of the event organised by Athletics Development Club, Nepal.

Kiran Shrestha, Ramesh Chaudhari and Prafulla Chudhari grabbed the top three places in boys’ 100 metre race, while Anju Chaudhari, Bhagawati Thapa and Samjhana Karki did so in girls’ section. Other winners were Sagar Lopchan Tamang and Sabitri Puri (400m); Meena Poudel (800m); Samyak Shakya (1,500m); and Prafulla Chaudhari and Laxmi Kumari Maharjan (long jump). Dipendra Police School finished first, followed by Malpi and Nightingale School in both 100m girls’ relay, and 400m boys’ relay. In all, 140 students participated in 10 events at the one-day competition.

Maharjan duo advance in TT

LALITPUR: Suman Maharjan and Rabin Maharjan of Bal Dikshya Sadan entered the boys’ semi-finals of the second Valley wide Inter-school and Men’s Open Birthday Cup Table Tennis Tournament, which has been organised by Lalitpur District Sports Development Committee. Also, Sabin Prasai and Ayush Rimal of AVM School made it to the round of last four. In men’s Open section, Sunil Maharjan, Niroj Maharjan, Avaya Raj Shrestha and Rakesh Maharjan advanced to the semis. The finals are slated for Wednesday.

National Climbing C’ship on Friday

KATHMANDU: Pasang Lhamu Mountaineering Foundation is organising the third National Open Climbing Competition on Friday to mark the 59th birthday of King Gyanendra. In all, 65 climbers, including 15 female climbers from 30 trekking agencies, are taking part in the one-day event. The tournament will be held on Friday and the prize distribution ceremony is slated for Saturday. — HNS