Chattogram, Sept 10 (UNB) – Fide Master Mohammad Fahad Rahman of Sonargaon Chess Club emerged champion in the CJKS-Four H Group-Diamond Cement Grandmaster’s Chess Tournament securing seven points that concluded at the auditorium of MA Aziz Stadium here on Sunday.
FM Fahad and IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad of India have secured 7 points each after the 10th round matches, but in tie-breaking system FM Fahad clinched the title with better average rating than that of IM Bala Chandra, who finished runner-up.
Champions FM Fahad and runners-up IM Bala Chandra received US Dollar 1250 each as prize money.
Four players earned 6.5 points each. In tie-breaking system, GM Ziaur Rahman of Saif Sporting Club finished 3rd, GM MR Lalith Babu of India became 4th, GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib of Saif Sporting Club finished 5th while GM Niaz Murshed of Bengal Chess Club became 6th.
Four other players earned 6 points each. In tie-breaking system their positions are: 7th-Neelash Saha of India, 8th-IM Mohammad Minhaz Uddin of Bangladesh, 9th-FM M Taibur Rahman of Saif Sporting Club and 10th – FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman of Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society.
Besides, GM Dibeyndu Barua of India became 11th, IM Abu Sufian Shakil of Sheikh Russel Chess Club became 12th and FM Sheikh Nasir Ahmed of Bangladesh Navy became 13th securing 5.5 points each.
In the 10th or last round matches Sunday, FM Fahad beat GM Zia, GM Rakib drew with IM Bala Chandra, IM Minhaz drew with GM Lalith Babu, GM Niaz beat Neelash, FM Taibur drew with GM Dibyendu, FM Mahfuz beat FM Mohammad Abdul Malek of Chittagong, FM Kh. Aminul Islam of Bangladesh Navy drew with FM Mehdi Hasan Parag of Sheikh Russel Chess Club, FM Nasir beat Anata Choudhury of Golden Sporting Club, IM Shakil beat CM Rajbhandari Rijendra of Nepal, Anustoop Biswas beat CM Chanchal Kumer Ghosh of Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society, CM M Sharif Hossain of Bangladesh Navy beat his teammate CM SM Sharon, FM Subramaniam Sumant of Malaysia beat WIM Saheli Barua Dhar, Mainuddin Ahmed of Chittagong drew with Nik Ahmad Farouqi of Malaysia and CM Subrota Biswas of New Nation Chess Club beat WFM Sharmin Sultana Shirin of Sultana Kamal Smrity Pathagar.
The prize-distribution ceremony of the meet was held Sunday evening at the Rajanigandha Hall of Hotel Tower Inn in Chittagong.
Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation and General Secretary of Chittagong District Sports Association Alhaz AJM Nasir Uddin was the chief guest on the occasion and later he distributed prizes among winners.
Mohammad Eliyas Hossain, Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong and President of Chittagong District Sports Association, presided over the ceremony. Gaohor Siraj Jamil Chowdhury, Managing Director of Four H Group, Hakim Ali, Managing Director of Diamond Cement and Nizam Uddin Mahmud Hossain, Deputy Managing Director of CVO Petrochemical Refinery Ltd were present as special guests.
Syed Shahab Uddin Shamim General Secretary of Bangladesh Chess Federation and Additional General Secretary of Chittagong District Sports Association gave host speech in the ceremony. The event was held in 10 round Swiss Legue system.
A total of 30 players from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Nepal including 5 grandmasters, 3 international masters and one woman international masters took part in the 10-round Swiss League system event.
A total of 5,000 US dollars cash prizes distributed among the winners.