Joytu Sheikh Hasina International Online Chess Tournament, jointly organised by South Asian Chess Council (SACC), Golden Sporting Chess Club and Canadian University of Bangladesh to mark the 74th birth anniversary of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, ended on Sunday in the capital.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell was present as the chief guest in the closing and prize-giving ceremony. President of SACC and Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) IGP Dr Benazir Ahmed, Canadian University of Bangladesh Chairman Nafeez Sarafat Chowdhury, BCF General Secretary Syed Shahab Uddin Shamim were also present there.“Our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is closely monitoring the country’s sports sector. We’ve built 125 mini stadiums in different Upazilas to develop this sector. We’ve also planned to build more 186 stadiums in this fiscal year. We became champions in cricket and were successful in SA Games. We're also working for the development of chess. We have a plan to arrange an international chess competition to celebrate the Mujib Borsho,” the state minister told the reporters.
Indonesian GM Megaranto Susanto emerged as the champion of Joytu Sheikh Hasina International Online Chess, Indian GM SL Narayanan became runners-up and Iranian GM M Amin Tabatabaei ranked third.
Among others, Vietnamese GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son ended 4th, Indian GM Diptayan Ghosh came 5th, Indian GM D Gukesh became 6th, Indian GM RR Laxman was 7th, Filipino GM John Paul Gomez was 8th, Indonessian IM Novendra Priasmoro was 9th and Indian GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly became 10th.
Bangladesh Navy’s FM Subrota Biswas, who finished 12th in the final ranking list, was the highest positioned Bangladeshi chess player. Navy’s Mohammad Javed and Abu Sufian Shakil became 2nd and 3rd. Jabed finished 14th and Shakil 15th in the overall rankings. Navy team also secured 8th, 11th and 19th place among Bangladeshi players.
GM Enamul Hossain Razib and Reefat Bin-Sattar finished 17th and 21st while GM Ziaur Rahman finished 22nd in the overall rankings.
Meanwhile, a total of 74 chess players including 17 grandmasters from 15 nations took part in the three-day tournament. Bangladesh formed a 49-member team including three grandmasters and Navy’s 12 players for the meet.