The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with Bangladesh Chess Federation, organised a day-long Sheikh Russel Memorial Rapid Chess Tournament 2021 on Saturday at the Foreign Service Academy as part of its greater observance of the upcoming Sheikh Russel Dibash.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Ambassador Masud Bin Momen was present as the Guest of Honour while General Secretary of Bangladesh Chess Federation Syed Shahab Uddin Shamim, Grand Master Niaz Murshed and Grand Master Ziaur Rahman were present as Special Guests.
Foreign Secretary Ambassador Masud Bin Momen also emphasized on the importance of Chess for diplomats.
Thanking the Federation for its support, he expected the Federation to continue the same cooperation in future.
General Secretary of Bangladesh Chess Federation Syed Shahab Uddin Shamim thanked the Foreign Ministry for taking this grand initiative and assured of continuous support to any such future initiative of the Ministry.
In his address, Grand Master Niaz Murshed recalled the memory of his first ever official Europe visit as a professional Chess player and thanked the Ministry for all the support that it has extended to him ever since.
The inaugural session of the tournament was followed by a friendly match between the Foreign Minister Momen and Grand Master Niaz Murshed.