KATHMANDU, Aug 5: Rijendra Rajbhandari of Nepal recorded a historic win on Tuesday in the 41st Chess Olympiad underway in Tromso city of Norway.
The 2161 rated Rijendra defeated Mongolia´s Grand Master Khatanbaatar Bazar, rated 2390, to become the first Nepali player to defeat a grand naster in a classic game. Rijendra is on two points after the win. Earlier, FIDE Master Bimal Lal Shrestha had defeated a grand master in a rapid game during the Guangzhou Asian Games.
Rijendra, who played the second board, put Khatanbaatar under pressure in the 39th move and the Mongolian made a mistake in the 48th move. Rijendra then played defensively and forced Khatanbaatar to quit the game in the 71st move.
However, Nepal lost 2.5-1.5 to Mongolia despite Rijendra´s historic victory.
National champion Keshab Shrestha (2137) collected 0.5 point after playing a draw with Grand Master Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan (2501).
Meanwhile, FIDE Master Manish Hamal (2068) lost to Grand Master Barchuluun Tsegmed (2513) and Sajin Maharjan (1980) faced defeat against International Grand Master Battulga Namkhai (2411).
However, the Nepali women´s team registered a 3-1 win over Seychelles.
Bina Jaiswal (1592) won against unrated Elza Hoareau and Ashmita Bhandari (1663) defeated unrated Jessee Eulentin. Likewise, Sangita Jaiswal beat Rachelle Hoareau and unrated Suruchi Thing won her game against Dericka Figaro (1710).