International Rating Chess Tournament 2021, sponsored by Walton, will begin on Tuesday at Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room in the capital.
Some 120 players including GM Ziaur Rahman, IM Mohammad Fahad Rahman, IM Mohammad Minhaz Uddin and WIM Rani Hamid will take part in the event which will be held in a nine-round Swiss-League system.
A total of Tk two lakh cash prize money will be distributed among the winners of the International Rating Chess.
GM Zia earlier emerged as the unbeaten champions in Asian Chess Zonal Championships (Open) for FIDE Zone 3.2 which ended last week. Zia along with GM Niaz Murshed will represent Bangladesh in the upcoming FIDE World Cup 2021, scheduled to be held on July 10 in Sochi, Russia.