KATHMANDU, April 16: Nepali players have presented average performance during the six rounds of matches in the ongoing Kathmandu GM International Open Chess Tournament on Sunday. Nepal’s Sumit Panta was defeated by India’s Surijit Pal, while India’s Hrishita Guddanti beat Nepal’s Bikram Jati. Likewise, Nepal’s Badri Lal Nepali shared a point after drawing with his compatriot Rajendra Prasad, while Sri Lanka’s Kabinda Akila saw off Nepal’s Maniraj Dangi. Also, Nepal’s candidate master Bhupendra Niraula lost to India’s Prithivi Kumar, while Rajan Puri beat Prakash Subedi, Purshottam Chaulagain overcame Maheshwor Lal Dangol, candidate master Bhagwati Prasad Sharma defeated another candidate master Rajendra Rajbhandari. Likewise, Nepal’s Sikhar Regmi was defeated by India’s Thendup Tamang and Harichandra faced a defeat at the hands of India’s C Laxmi. Also, Nepal’s Surya Basnet beat Punya Man Karmacharya, Surbir Lama saw off Chetan Sharma, FIDE master Sujendra Prasad Sharma defeated Sushil Chaudhart and India’s Sayantaman Chandra overcame Bibek Raj Shrestha in the sixth round of matches.
With this round of matches, seven grand masters including 14 players have taken a five-point lead.