Indian player Subhayan Kundu wins Hetauda Cup Asian Open Chess Tournament 2023

Top-Seeded Subhayan Kundu🇮🇳(2393) became the champion of the Hetauda Cup Asian Open Chess Tournament-2023 with 7.5/9 points and won the cash prize of NRs 1,25,000/- He won his last game with FM Md., Sharif Hossain🇧🇩(2143) being unbeaten in the tournament with 3 draws.

Chief guest Honorable Kumari Moktan Minister of Social Development Special guest Mr. Parshuram Basnet president of Nepal Confederation of Sports(NeCOS) & Mr. Herakaji Maharjan Acting President of Nepal Chess Federation (NCF) attended the closing ceremony having their remarkable words towards the development of chess. 

IM Mohammad Minhaz Uddin🇧🇩(2217) secured second place and FM Singh Arvinder Preet🇮🇳(2040) finished third.

The winner, second and third places got Rs.1,25,000 Rs.75,000, and Rs.40,000 respectively.

Also, Mr. Dharam Bahadur Lama tournament director & General Secretary of NeCOS & NCF, Ms. Monalisha Khamboo Deputy General Secretary of NFC, Mr. Santosh Bantawa Secretary of NeCOS, Mr. Tara Bahadur Ranabhat Treasurer of NCF, Mr. Ujwal Subedi Treasurer of NeCOS, Mr. Niranjan Prajapati Chief Arbiter & Secretariat member of NCF and Mr. Raju Tamrakar member of NCF Mr. Keshav Lal Shrestha President of Private and Boarding School's Organization Nepal, Bagamati Province, Mr. Sitaram Karki president Necos, Bagamati Province were there to spend their valuable time in the event working hard for the development of Chess in Nepal. 

Similarly, there were other prizes too where FM Md. Sharif Hossain Shakil🇧🇩 (2143), Bartakke Amardeep S.🇮🇳 (1963) , IM Abu Sufian🇧🇩(2208), FM Ahmed Sheikh Nasir🇧🇩(2193, Rahul Gurung🇮🇳(2030), AFM Sourabh Choubey🇮🇳(1976) and Marium Fatima🇮🇳(1740) are secured 4 to 10 place respectively. likewise, FM Nayem Haque, AIM Dahal Sushrut, Deboushnik De, Ashish Raj and Bartakke Aditya finished 11 to 15 respectively.

Final ranking:

The best 38 players were awarded a total cash prize of Rs5,87,500.

70 players participated in this event including 2 IMs and 6 FIDE Masters from all over Nepal, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka.

Organized by: Hetauda Chess Club, Makawanpur District Chess Association & Nepal Confederation of Sports (Necos) held in Hetauda, Nepal from 13 Nov. to 3 Dec. 2023.