Saptarishi wins Rating Chess

Lalitpur, August 19:

International Master (IM) Saptarishi Roy of India won the Indo-Nepal Friendly Rating Chess Tournament after holding Nepal’s Surbir Lama to a draw in the ninth round on Sunday. Surbir needed win to claim the championship but ended up fifth on a weaker progressive points. Saptari accumulated 7.5 points. Indian trio Shanker Roy, Roktim Bandhopadhyaya and Atanu Lahari along with Surbir all had seven points but ended up second, third, fourth and fifth respectively on better progressive points. — HNS