Prakash shares lead with Bhaktapur trio

KATHMANDU: Prakash Nepal of Jhapa shared lead with Bhaktapur trio of Madan Krishna Kayastha, Nikesh Duwal and Prasant Bhasina after the second round of the Under-19 National Chess Championship here today.

All the four players won their first and second round matches held today to stay atop with two points each. Prakash beat Dharmendra Prasad Chaudhary of Saptari and Kishor Shah of Banke in the first two rounds.

Madan Krishna defeated Kishor Budhathoki of Tanahun and Madan Chand of Salyan, while Nikesh registered wins over Manishwor Thapa of Kathmandu and Santosh Bhandari of Kathmandu. Also, Prashant beat Purna Shrestha of Sindhupalchowk and Binay Kishor Rai of Kathmandu.

Rupsayan Jaiswal of Rautahat and Rabin Sunuwar of Kathmandu earned 1.5 points to remain at second position. Rupsayan played a draw against Dipak Lamichhane of Sindhupalchowk and beat Ajay Shakya of Kathmandu in the second round. Rabin played a draw against Ajay Shakya before defeating Deepak Lamichhane in the second round.

In the Under-15 National Championship, Nabin Jaiswal of Rautahat, Subha Kalyan Shrestha of Tanahun, Bijay Man Thaiba of Rupandehi, Bijay Dangol of Kathmandu and four players from Bhaktapur — Deep Mukhiya, Sri Krishna Prajapati, Raj Prajapati, Anil Silpakar — earned two points each to take joint lead after the first two rounds. Bijay Aryal of Kathmandu and Rupesh Jaiswal of Rautahat are joint second at 1.5 points each.

A total of 27 players are taking part in the U-19 championship, while 43 are vying for the Under-15 championship. The top two players from the championships will qualify for the second Asian Junior Chess Championship to be held in Sri Lanka from July 15.