Pant takes lead

HETAUDA: Sumit Pant of Thapathali Chess Park took the lead in the Prem Bahadur Thapa Magar Memorial fourth National Amateur Chess Championship here on Wednesday.

Pant played a draw against Maniraj Dangi of Sunsari in the fourth round and defeated Rajan Subedi of Jhapa in the fifth to accumulate 4.5 points. Kathmandu’s Nabin Tandukar and Suraj Pandit are joint second with four points each.