Dhaka, Aug 8 (UNB) – Grand Master Ziaur Rahman of Saif Sporting Club emerged unbeaten champion in the Walton Air Conditioner International Rating Chess Tournament securing eight points after the 9th and final round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room on Thursday.
International Master Mohammad Minhaz Uddin of Bangladesh Navy finished runner-up collecting 7.5 points. FM Mehdi Hasan Parag of Golden Sporting Club became 3rd while Md Sariatullah of Esoft Arena finished 4th bagging 7 points each.
Tahsin Tajwar Zia of Golden Sporting Club became 5th, CM Md Sharif Hossain of Bangladesh Navy was placed 6th, Md Abzid Rahman of Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society finished 7th and CM Sohel Chowdhury of Titas Club became 8th with 6.5 points each.
Seven players earned 6 points each to share 9th to 17th positions. They are: 9th-Abdul Momin, 10th-CM SM Sharon, 11th-FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman, 12th-Afzal Hossain Sacchu, 13th-CM Subrota Biswas, 14th -Md Masum Hossain, 15th-Mihir Lal Das.
Three players collected 5.5 points each. They are 16th - Swarnavo Chowdhury, 17th--CM Manon Reja Neer and 18th -Kazi Zarin Tasnim became best woman player of the meet.
Other players who received special prizes are: Abu Taher, Jannatul Ferdous, Md Mahbubur Rahman, Md Moinuddin, Kazi Taherul Islam and Mohammad Din.
In the 9th and last round matches on Wednesday night, GM Zia beat CM Sharon, IM Minhaz beat Tahsin, Sariat beat CM Sharif, FM Parag beat Momin, Abzid beat Zarin, CM Sohel beat Javed, CM Subrota beat Taher, FM Mahfuz beat Zoar, Masum beat Din, Sacchu beat Ripon and Mihir beat Monjur.
The prize-distribution and closing ceremony of the meet was held Thursday noon at same venue. Executive Director and Head of Games of Sports of Walton Group FM Iqbal Bin Anwar (Dawn) was the chief guest at the function and later he distributed prizes among winners.
KM Shahidullah, Acting General Secretary and Vice President of Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) presided over the ceremony while BCF another vice president Gazi Shayiful Tarique was also present as special guest.
A total of Tk 1,50,000 handed over to the participants as cash prize money while another Tk 50,000 one were given as Walton home appliances.
Eighty six players took part in the five-day meet on nine-round Swiss-League system.