The Joytu Sheikh Hasina International Online Chess Tournament 2020, on the occasion of the 74th birth anniversary of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, begins Thursday.
Seventy-four players, including 49 from Bangladesh, representing 14 countries will compete in the nine-round Swiss league basis three-day competition.
The South Asian Chess Council is organising the meet online sponsored by Canadian University of Bangladesh.
Participating countries are: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Iran, Russia, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia.
The Inauguration ceremony will be held at 2:30pm Thursday at the conference room of Canadian University of Bangladesh.
Dr Benazir Ahmed, President of Bangladesh Chess Federation, President of South Asian Chess Federation and also the Inspector General of Bangladesh Police, will inaugurate the event as chief guest.
Chowdhury Nafeez Sarafat, Chairman of Canadian University of Bangladesh and Vice-President of Bangladesh Chess Federation and Hisham Al Taher, General Secretary of Asian Chess Federation will also be present as special guests at the ceremony.
FIDE and South Asian Chess Federation officials will virtually join in the inauguration ceremony.
The 1st to 3rd rounds matches will be held on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm, the 4th to 6th rounds games will be held on Friday from 2pm to 5pm while the 7th to 9th rounds games will be held on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm.
Seventeen grandmasters have already confirmed their participation in the heavyweight meet.
They are: GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, GM Vishnu Prasannna, GM Diptayan Ghosh, GM S. L. Narayanan, GM R. Laxman, GM Himanshu Sharma and GM D Gukesh of India, GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong of Vietnam, GM Ziaur Rahman, GM Reefat Bin Sattar, GM Enamul Hossain Razib of Banglaesh, GM Serkey Volkov of Russia, GM Megaranto Susanto of Indonesia, GM Antonio Rogelio and GM John Paul Gomes of Philippines, GM M Amin Tabatabaei of Iran and GM Villamayor Buenaventura of Singapore.
Besides, International Masters are – IM Mohammad Fahad Rahman, IM Mohammad Minhazuddin, IM Abu Sufian Shakil of Bangladesh, IM IM Priasmoro Novendra of Indonesia, IM Mohammad Nubaishah Shaik of India.
WIM Rani Hamid, WIM Sharmin Sultana Shirin, FM Md Taibur Rahman, FM Khandaker Aminul Islam, FM Sheikh Nasir Ahmed, FM Mehdi Hasan Parag, FM Subrota Biswas, FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman, FM Mohammed Abdul Malek and FM Mohammad Javed will also compete in the meet.
A total of US$ 6,000 prize money will be given to the winners as follows: 1st prize $1,200, 2nd $800, 3rd $500, 4th $300, 5th to 9th $200 each and 10th to 16th $100 each.
Three special prizes will be given to Bangladeshi players: 1st $700, 2nd $500, and 3rd $300.
Prize money will not be shared and one player will get only one prize.
The Prize distribution ceremony will be held on Sunday from 11am at Hotel La Meridian, Dhaka. State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell will be chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony.
Benazir Ahmed will preside over the ceremony.
President of Asian Chess Federation Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nehyan will virtually present as special guest and Chowdhury Nafeez Sarafat, Chairman of Canadian University of Bangladesh will also be present as special guest at the prize distribution ceremony.
The Walton 7th National Men's Baseball Tournament, organized by Bangladesh Baseball-Softball Association (BBSA), begins on September 30 at Palton Maidan here.
Eight teams, split in two groups, will initially compete on knock out basis in the three-day competition, sponsored by Walton Group.
The details of the Tournament disclosed by Tournament officials at a press conference here on Tuesday.
Executive Director of the meet's sponsor Walton Group FM Iqbal bin Anwar Dawn and BBSA General Secretary Aminul Islam Liton were present at the day's press conference.
Eight participating teams are:Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh Ansar, Dhaka District, SKSP Sirajganj, Community SC, Sand Angel Baseball Club, DCC Baseball Club and SSC.
After the knock out basis first round, two group champions will play in the final on October 2.
Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka from Belarus 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final to win the women's singles title of the US Open on Saturday.
It was her second US Open title and third Grand Slam title after her victories at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open.
"In the end, all I focus on is what I can control on the tennis court. That's what I did in 2018 final. I feel like that's what I did this time," said the 22-year-old who defeated Serena Williams to win the 2018 title, reports Xinhua.
Azarenka, 31, stormed to win the first set 6-1 in just 26 minutes while Osaka was uncharacteristically sloppy hitting a whopping 13 unforced errors.
At the start of the second set, Azarenka broke again for a 2-0 lead, but from there Osaka fought back to break her opponent's serve twice and took a 4-3 lead. Osaka then gained the momentum and broke a third time to take the match to a deciding set.
A quarter-century had passed since a woman who lost the first set of a US Open final wound up winning: In 1994, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario did it against Steffi Graf.
"I think in the first set I was so nervous, I wasn't moving my feet. I felt like I was not playing to my best. There are too many things in my head. It would be very embarrassing to lose this in under an hour so I just have to try my best," Osaka said of the turnaround.
Osaka broke in the fourth game of the third set to take a comfortable 3-1 lead. In the next game, Azarenka blew a golden opportunity to get back into the match, wasting all three break points as Osaka recovered from 0-40 down to hold for a 4-1 lead.
After that, Osaka dominated and claimed the set 6-3.
With the runner-up finish, Azarenka said she's proud of herself.
"I haven't had such results in quite a long time, so I'm very excited for it. Today, it's a loss, but it doesn't change for me much. Of course I would have loved to win today. It is what it is," Azarenka said.
"I gave everything that I could today on the court. I felt that I progressed a lot. I've played a lot of great matches. I felt that I've tested myself physically, mentally on very difficult stages. It's been great. I want to continue to keep going the same way, enjoy myself," she added.
The Olympic flame is going on display in Tokyo, not far from the new National Stadium where it was supposed to be burning a month ago.
The flame arrived in Japan from Greece in March and has been largely hidden away in Tokyo after the Olympics were postponed until next year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The flame was unveiled on Monday at a small ceremony with Yoshiro Mori, the president of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee, and Yasuhiro Yamashita, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, reports AP.
It will be on display beginning Tuesday at the new Japan Olympic Museum for at least the next two months. Visitors can only enter the museum, located across the street from the new stadium, with a reservation.
The flame's unveiling comes just days after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his plans to resign. He was on hand in 2013 in Buenos Aires when the IOC picked Tokyo, and he was the highlight of the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when he appeared as Nintendo game character Super Mario.
The fate of the Tokyo Olympics remains uncertain because of the pandemic.
Organisers and the International Olympic Committee say it will open on July 23 next year. But they have not revealed any details about how 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be safe in Tokyo.
Thousands of other staff, technical officials and media would also need to enter Japan to cover the event. The IOC says it wants fans at events but has not explained how this will happen, or if non-Japanese fans will be allowed.
Organisers are unlikely to start providing details until the fall, or into next year as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Olympic prospects becomes clearer.
A poll this month of almost 13,000 Japanese companies showed 53.6 percent want the games canceled or postponed again. The IOC has said if the Olympics can’t happen in 2021, they will be canceled. They cannot be postponed again.
A poll in July found that two-thirds of the public also favours another postponement or cancellation.
Tokyo organisers say they are officially spending $12.6 billion to hold the Olympics, although a national audit board says it’s twice that much. In addition, local estimates say the bill for the delay could add on several billion more. Organisers and the IOC have yet to give a detailed breakdown of the new costs.
Read Also: Tokyo Olympics postponed