Nikesh wins last round match

COLOMBO: Nepali Under-19 champion Nikesh Duwal registered victory over Sri Lankan unrated player Weeraken in the ninth and final round of the Continental Asian Junior Chess Championships in Colombo on Tuesday. The Nepal women champion Monalisa Khambu, however, lost against Sri Lankan SD Ranasinghe. Duwal finished with 3.5 points and Khambu 2.5 points. Indian IM Aswin Jayaram won the boys’ title while his compatriot WIM Padmini Rout won the girls’ title. IM Amanov Zhanibek of Kazakistan and WFM Hejazipour Mitra of Iran ended up runners up.