Kathmandu: Six Nepali players are competing in the Asian Junior and Girls Online Chess Championship organized by the Asian Chess Federation after many competitions were postponed due to the corona virus (Covid-19) epidemic.
Abishreya Shrestha, Vivek Shrestha and Niken Kusatha are representing Nepal in the men’s side while Khushbu Thapa, Anisha Neupane and Kritisara Adhikari are representing Nepal in the men’s under-20 championship. According to Monalisa Khambu, central member of the Nepal Chess Association, the top three players from the men’s side and the top three players from the women’s side have been selected through an online competition.
Zone 3.2 includes Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives. In both men and women, 3—3 players from all countries will be able to compete. The competition will be of 9 rounds according to the Swiss system. The top three finishers in each of the six zones of Asia will advance to the finals. The women’s final will be held on June 3 and the men’s final will be held on June 4.
According to the Nepal Chess Association’s Khambu, the winner of the men’s event will get dollar 1,500, the runner-up dollar 1,000 and the third place winner dollar 500. On the women’s side, the first place winner will receive 750, second place winner 500 and third place winner 250 dollar.