Rijendra wins unrated trophy

KATHMANDU: Rijendra Bhandari of Nepal won the unrated section trophy at the second Mumbai Mayor’s Cup International Chess Championship on Saturday. Rijendra defeated 1821 rated Indian Rabindra Dage in the 11th and final round match to accumulate six points. Along with the trophy, he also pocketed Rs 16,000. Rijendra finished overall 152nd out of the total 414 players in the championship.

Other Nepali players had mixed fate at the championship. The only FIDE Master of Nepal, Manish Hamal bettered 39 rating points. In the last round, he defeated Abdhanulu of India in 39th step and wrapped up the championship at 91st position with 6.5 points.

Niraj Niraula also earned 6.5 points after he played a draw with Santosh Kumar Sinha of India in the last round. He bettered his rating by one point.

Also, Purushottam Chaulagain lost the final round match but still bettered his ratings by 41 points, while Deepak Maharjan and Prem Krishna Maharjan — who won the last round matches — bettered their ratings by 15 points each. In the last round, Purushottam lost to 1795-rated Indian Santharam to finish 197th in the championship with 5.5 points.

Deepak defeated unrated Abhinab Poddar and Prem Krishna registered win over 1697-rated Ganesh Joshi of India. Both the players accumulated 5.5 points each. Deepak came in overall 198th, while Purushottam earned the 216th position. Prakash Nepal, who returned home after the completion of the eighth round, was 324th in the championship.