Rupesh held, three others win in Dhaka

KATHMANDU: Rupesh Jaiswal settled for a draw, while Bijay Raj Aryal, Asmita Adhikari and Shanta Thapa won their fifth round matches at the 11th Standard Chartered School-level Chess Championship in Dhaka, Bangladesh today.

Rupesh, the only unbeaten player in the four-member Nepali team, played a draw against Ikramul Haque Saim of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Under-16 champion Saim, who was under time pressure, accepted the offer made by Rupesh to share points after 33 moves.

Both the players accumulated 4.5 points each and are in the second position behind Indian player Debotpal Day and Bangladesh’s Abdullah All Saif. The leaders won their fifth round matches to earn five points. “It was a tough match and I think the draw was a good option for me,” said Rupesh. Saim accepted he was under time pressure. “Accepting the offer was better for me than making moves in a hurry,” Saim said. Nepal coach Nabin Tandukar said Rupesh was in a strong position. “He could not finish off the match due to the time pressure,” he said.

In the boys’ section other match, Bijay Raj Aryal defeated Muntasinuzzaman Akand to accumulate three points. “I took advantage after my opponent made a wrong start and registered an easy win,” said Bijay. In girls’ section, Asmita beat Khodeja after 54 moves, while Shanta defeated Rokeya Aktar in the 40th move. Both Asmita and Shanta have four points each.