Joytu Sheikh Hasina International Online Chess Tournament, jointly organised by South Asian Chess Council (SACC), Golden Sporting Chess Club and Canadian University of Bangladesh, will kick off on Thursday.
President of SACC and Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) IGP Dr Benazir Ahmed will inaugurate the meet at Canadian University of Bangladesh here while General Secreatry of Asian Chess Federation (ACF) will be present there as special guest via Zoom.BCF General Secretary Syed Shahab Uddin Shamim told The Daily Sun that the tournament was going to be organised to mark the birth anniversary of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The tournament will end on September 26, the two days’ before of PM’s birthday. State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell MP will be the chief gust in the closing ceremony.
A total of 74 participants including 14 grandmasters from 15 countries will take part in the three-day open tournament. The 15 participating nations are: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia.
Top 16 players of the tournament will share the prize money of USD 4,500 and top 3 players from Bangladesh team will share the special prize money of USD 15,000.
BCF formed a 39-member team including three grandmasters namely GM Ziaur Rahman, GM Reefat Bin Sattar and GM Enamul Hossain Rajib, for the meet.