Nepal fail to impress

KATHMANDU: Nepali chess players gave a mediocre performance on the second day of the ninth Unied Insurance and United Leasing Grandmasters Chess Tournament held Bangladeshi capital today.

Keshav Shrestha was amongst the gainers from Nepali side earning 1.5 points after the completion of third round.

Shrestha outplayed 2177-rated Mostafa Guilan Bhiyam of Bangladesh in the third round and shared a point with 2281-rated Debaraj Chaterjee, another Bangladeshi player, in the second round match.

Bilam Lal Shrestha also earned a point in the third round after a bye. Bilam Lal lost to 2204-rated FIDE Master (FM) Mohammad Javed of Bangladesh.

Nepali FM Manish Hamal also collected 1.5 points after the completion of third round when he shared a point with 2391-rated Ahmed Minhazuddin, another FM from Bangladesh. Hamal earlier lost his second round match under the time limitation against Indian Grand Master (GM) Dibyendu Barua.

The 2162-rated Nepal champion Badri Lal Nepali also shared a point with Karma Pandya of India in the second round. Nepali earlier lost the third round match to 2372-rated Bangladeshi FM Shakil Abu Sufian after he failed to press the clock in time when he was on the threshold of a win.

Veteran Naveen Tandukar, who held a Bangladeshi FM for a draw a day before, had a poor day and lost both of his matches against tough Bangladeshi opponents. The 2133- rated Tandukar lost to 2541-rated GM Inamul Hossain in the second round and later lost to FM Mahfur Sayed Rahman in the third.