Nov 9 (UNB) - Three players -- GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib of Saif Sporting Club, GM Niaz Murshed and IM Mohammad Fahad Rahman of Bangladesh Ansar– are sharing the top slot in the Saif Powertec 45th National Chess Championship securing 6 points each after the 7th round matches at the SREDA auditorium of Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh on Saturday.
GM Reefat Bin Sattar of Bangladesh Ansar is in the 2nd slot securing 5.5 points, GM Enamul Hossain Razib of Saif SC, IM Mohammad Minhaz Uddin of Bangladesh Navy, FM Taibur Rahman and FM Mohammad Javed of Ansar were in the 3rd slot collecting 5 points each.
In the days matches, GM Rakib beat CM Manon Reja Neer of Chattogram, GM Niaz drew with IM Minhaz while IM Fahad beat FM Taibur.
GM Reefat beat his teammate and reigning national champion GM Ziaur Rahman, GM Razib beat FM Sheikh Nasir Ahmed of Navy and FM Javed beat FM Debaraj Chatterjee of Barishal.
In the day’s other matches, FM Mehdi Hasan Parag of Golden Sporting Club drew with CM Sharif Hossain of Navy, IM Abu Sufian Shakil of Bangladesh Navy beat Emdadul Haque of Satkhira, FM Khandaker Aminul Islam of Bangladesh Navy beat FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman of Janata Bank Officers Welfare Society, FM Abdul Malek of Chattogram drew with Delwar Hossain of Khulna, Anata Choudhury of Sheikh Russel Chess Club beat CM Nayem Haque of Mir Chess Club, Tahsin Tajwar Zia of Golden Sporting Club beat Sariatullah of Bangladesh Police, CM SM Sharon of Bangladesh Navy drew with CM Sohel Chowdhury of Titas Club, CM Jamal Uddin of Bangladesh Police beat WIM Rani Hamid of Bangladesh Ansar and CM Saiful Islam Chowdhury of Sylhet drew with CM Monir Hossain of Narayanganj.
The 9th round matches will be held on Sunday (November 10) from 3:00 pm at same venue.