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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sparkling Chess Stars Trivia Photo: Name the Chess Celebrities

Hello chess blog friends, the 2014 Corsican Circuit Rapid has started and includes multiple World Champion Vishy Anand and Women World Champion Hou Yifan. They were joined by fourteen qualifiers from the Open held before. The tournament has not been without surprises. You can follow the action live at the official website. For now, here is the trivia chess question: Name the chess stars in this photo:


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tashkent Chess Grand Prix Round 1: Andreikin, Nakamura, Vachier-Lagrave begin with Wins

Hello chess blog friends, the Tashkent Chess Grand Prix has begun with chess stars Andreikin, Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave scoring in the first round. Dmitry Andreikin, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents, perhaps, inspired by the great Champions Bobby Fischer, Tigran Petrosian and Mikahil Tal (whose portraits are on the background of the photo from the opening ceremony). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started the Grand Prix series with victory over the top seed of the tournament Fabiano Caruana. 

Photo: FIDE/Yulia Monakova
In a “must see” game Nakamura vs Jobava, the Georgian player sacrificed a rook for three pawns but blundered in a very complex position being short of time. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov unexpectedly lost in the endgame with pawn up against Dmitry Andreikin. Three other games Giri-Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov-Jakovenko, Radjabov-Karjakin were drawn. 


Round 1 resultsSNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12
2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 0 - 1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11
3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10
4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9
5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8
6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7

You can find lots of lovely photos and a detailed report at the official website.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Saint Louis Chess Thanksgiving Open 2014 begins Nov 7

Hello chess blog friends, the Saint Louis Thanksgiving Chess Open and ALS Benefit will take place from 7-9th November at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland Ave. Saint Louis, MO 63108. The five-round Swiss event will offer a guaranteed prize fund of $4,000.



3 Sections: Open, U1800, U1400

- Open Section: (FIDE Rated) $1000-$600-$400-$300. U2300: $250-$150. U2000: $125-$100
- Under 1800 Section: $250-$200-$125
- U1400 Section: $200-$150-$100
- Winner of each Section qualifies for 2015 Club Championship

Ent: 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, or online at saintlouischessclub.org Info: 314-361-CHESS info@saintlouischessclub.org

Entry Fee:
Open Section- $ 50.00
U1800 Section- $ 50.00
U1400 Section- $ 50.00


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Tashkent Chess Grand Prix begins Today

Hello chess blog friends, the second stage of the FIDE Chess Grand Prix Series 2014-15 begins in Tashkent, Uzbekistan today. The premier chess event runs from October 20 to November 2. Back in 2012 and 2013 Tashkent hosted one of the stages of the Grand Prix series 2012-2013 as well as one of the tournaments of the Women's Grand Prix series 2013-2014. 

The tournament follows the first stage which recently finished in the capital of Azerbaijan. Fabiano Caruano (ITA) and Boris Gelfand (ISR) tied for the first place in Baku Grand Prix and are the leaders in the third GP series. 



Both winners will come directly from Baku to participate at the second stage in Tashkent as well as six other participants from the previous stage including former world chess champion and local hero Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE), Teimour Rajabov (AZE), Hikaru Nakamura (USA). Sergey Karjakin (RUS) and Dmitry Andreikin (RUS). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA), Anish Giri (NLD), Dmitri Jakovenko (RUS) and Baadur Jobava (GEO) are the other 4 participants, who join the GP series 2013-2014 starting from the second stage. 

On 15th of October FIDE announced the change of the third leg of the Grand Prix series to Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. According to regulations the representative for the new host city is GM Baadur Jobava who replaces GM Ghaem Maghami with his complete playing schedule. 

Over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament with the time control of 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, with 60 minutes being added at that point and then each player will be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control and an increment of 30 seconds per move will be allowed from move 61 onwards.

The prize money offered by host city is 120,000 Euros. The winner of Grand Prix in Tashkent will get 20,000 Euros. 
A very special cup will be prepared for the strongest player in the Grand Prix series 2014-2015. During the opening ceremony in Baku the Classic Jewelry House Lobortas demonstrated the models of future Big and Small trophies to award the FIDE Grand Prix series winner. 

The trophy consists of precious elements and stones of varying size, including silver, gold and diamonds. The Classic Jewelry House Lobortas has experience addressing the FIDE’s needs, having previously created for the FIDE the Large and Small Chess Cups "Caissa" and the cup for the winner of recently finished Women’s Grand Prix series 2013-2014.

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Russia, China Rule in World Junior Chess; Aleksandra Goryachkina, Lu Shanglei World U-20 Chess Champions

Hello chess blog friends, Russian and Chinese chess ruled at the World Junior Chess this year in Pune, India. Russia's Aleksandra Goryachkina defended her title to become the World Junior Girls' Chess Champion for the second time in a row. She earned the gold with a round to spare. In the open section, Chinese Lu Shanglei won the gold with a winning performance in the final round.



Four players, Wei Yi of China, Duda Jan-Krzysztof of Poland, Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia and Lu Shangleiu, went into the 13th round with 9 points each. 

There was a four way tie from second to fourth position where Wei Yi of China secured Silver, Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia bagged bronze while Duda Jan Krzysztof was a trifle unfortunate to go without a medal, finishing fourth after the resolution of the tie-break by the Bucholz system. All four players had scored 9.5 points. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi was the best Indian finisher with 9 points and was placed fifth. Shardul Gagare was the best performer from Maharashtra and was awarded the Pune Mayor Cup in the Open section.

In the Girls section 16-year-old Aleksandra Goryachkina had successfully defended her title with a round to spare yesterday and today settled for a short draw against Anna Iwanova to raise her points tally to 11. Ann Chumpitaz of Peru also drew against Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva while Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran defeated Srija Seshadri of India to bag the bronze, both tallying 9.5 points each. After the tie-breaks Sarasadat secured the Silver medal and Chumpitaz had to settle for the bronze.

Padmini Rout was the best Indian finisher with 9 points and was placed fourth. Rucha Pujari was the winner of the Pune Mayor’s Trophy for Girls as the best performer from Maharashtra.. Today Padmini scored a quick victory over Marina Brunello of Italy. Srija Seshadri had scored 8/11 but lost the last two rounds to finish tenth.

Both Lu Shanglei and Aleksandra Goryachkina earned a qualification slot for the World Cup 2015 for Open and Women respectively. The World Cup is a part of the World Championship Cycle. Both players also received a cash Prize of Rs 1,50000 each. The silver Medalists were richer by RS 100000 each and the bronze medallists by Rs 50000.

This 13 round gruelling Swiss League event was sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone were the Associate sponsors. There were 132 players from 51 countries in fray while the Girls section had 77 players.

The encounters between Wei and Krzysztof was a hard fought Italian game lasting 57 moves before fizzling into a draw. Top seed Fedoseev could not also make much headway and had to settle for a draw after 40 moves. Shanglei opted for the Dutch Defence against Indjic and appeared heading for trouble in the initial stages with Indjic playing positively and aggressively. However White lost way, failed to keep the momentum, did not castle and watched helplessly as Black’s pieces (Knight, queen and rook ) infiltrated decisively to weave a check-mating net. (FIDE)

Final standings:

Open: 1. Lu Shanglei (China) 10 points; 2. Wei Yi (China) 9.5 (106.5 Bucholz), 3. Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia) 9.5 (105.5 Bucholz), 4. Dida Jan-Krzysztof (Poland) 9.5 (99.5 Bucholz), 5. Vidit Gujrathi (India) 9 (94.5 Bucholz), 6. Kamil Dragun (Poland) 9 (92.5 Bucholz), 7. Srinath Narayanan (India) 9 (91.5 Bucholz), 8. Murali Karthikeyan (India) 9 (85.5 Bucholz), 9. Diptayan Ghosh (India) 8.5 (97 Bucholz), 10. Bai Jinshi (China) 8.5 (95.5 Bucholz).

Girls: 1. Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia) 11 points, 2. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) 9.5 (98.5 Bucholz), 3. Ann Chumpitaz (Peru) 9.5 (97 Bucholz), 4. Padmini Rout (India) 9, 5. Zhai Mo (China) 8.5 (95.5 Bucholz), 6. Anna Iwanow (Poland) 8.5 (95 Bucholz), 7. Sabina Ibrahimova (Azerbaijan) 8.5 (92 BUcholz), 8. Meri Arabidze (Georgia) 8.5 (89.5 Bucholz), 9. Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva (Uzbekistan) 8.5 (81 Bucholz), 10. Srija Seshadri (India) 8 (91 Bucholz).


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lagos Chess Classic 2014 begins

Hello chess blog friends, there is a chess tournament in Lagos coming up with titled players from India and Egypt, apart from several other international players, taking part. This is going to be the second edition of the Lagos International Chess Classic 2014.



The tournament will be hosted at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium and is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Grandmaster Sriram Jha of India, International master duo of Hesham Abdelrahman and Ezat Mouhamed of Egypt and FIDE Master, Degondo Simplice Armel, and his compatriots from Cote d’Ivoire, Lobognon Anderson Oliver and Manan Yoboue Hermann will be in Lagos for the four-day chess tournament.

Others expected include, Ghana’s duo of Jamena Joseph Mensah and Anquandah Francis Eric as well as Kenyan national champion, Magana Ben. The prize money for this year’s tournament is $22,000 while players will compete for honours in three categories while the star prize is $6,000.

The Nigerians include International Master, Odion Aikhoje, and a gold medalist at the Elista Olympiad in 1998, while 2012 zonal champion, international master, Bunmi Olape, will also be part of the party. United States-based Dapo Adu will also be part of the championship. According to Tournament Director, Bayo Babalola, this year’s Section B was introduced to cater for lower rated players that may want to play those on their level or those slightly higher as the might not be able to play in the tougher International Open categories.



“We have more foreign players this year and this goes to show that the tournament is growing each year and it is getting attention from international players while the star prize in the Open Section was increased to $6,000 against $5,000 for last year. We are expecting over 150 participants in this year’s edition,” he said.


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bangladesh Chess League: Agrani Bank in Lead

Hello chess blog friends, the Bangladesh Chess League is on. Chess news updates state, in Dhaka, the Agrani Bank Limited Daba Dal is in lead with 8 match points after the 4th round games of the 2nd Division Chess League being held at Bangladesh Chess Federation hall.

Mir Chess Club and Sonargaon Chess Club follow the leaders jointly with 7 points. In the 4th round games held on Friday, Agrani Bank beat Asad Chess Club of Habiganj by 2.5-1.5 points.

Miniruzzaman Khan and Mukitul Islam Ripon of Agrani Bank won against accordingly M Abdur Rauf and Rezaul Karim of Asad Chess, Habibur Rahman Sohel of Agrani Bank split points with Fariduddin and Jewel Khan lost to Quamruzzaman Khan Imran.

Besides, Sonargaon Chess Club beat Dabanol Chess Club by 4-0 points, Mir Chess Club beat Monipur Chess Club by 2.5-1.5 points, Chess Q beat Barimojlish Chess Academy by 3-1 points, Konika Sangaskritik Sangah beat New Nation Chess by 2.5-1.5 points, Dhaka Chess Club split points with Pin Chess Power by 2-2 points, Nahar Chess Academy of Narayanganj beat Phenomenon Chess Club by 2.5-1.5 points, Boroder Daba School beat Learning Chess Academy by 3.5- 0.5 points, Bangladesh Mohila Daba Samity beat Golden Chess Club (Boys) by 4-0 points, DPS STS School Chess Club (Boys) beat Golden Chess Club (Girls) by 3-1 points and Geandaria Friend's Chess Club beat DPS STS School Chess Club (Girls) by 4-0 points.

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Top Chess Stars to Play Tashir Chess in Memory of 9th World Chess Champin Tigran Petrosian

Hello chess blog friends, a special chess tournament in memory of chess legend GM Tigran Petrosian will be held in Moscow from November 3-11. The chess tournament is being organised by the Tashir Group of Companies and the Russian Chess Federation. Petrosian was the ninth World Chess Champion. 2014 is the 85th birth anniversary year of Petrosian. 

Some of the top chess players of the world will be attending the tournament. The chairman of the tournament organising committee is the President of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. SerzhSargsyan.

The competitors in the 21 Category tournament will be: the World Cup holder, three-time Olympic Chess Champion Levon Aronian (Armenian), former world champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), two-time World Blitz Chess Champion Alexander Grischuk (Russia), former Vice World Chess Champion Boris Gelfand (Israel), Vice World Champion Peter Leko (Hungary), China’s leading Grandmaster Din LiZhen, two-time Chess Champion of Russia Alexander Morozevich and the winner of the Russian Championship Higher Leagues Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia).The tournament will be a round-robin. The prize fund of the tournament is 100,000 euro.

Zara Agemyan, aide to the President of the Tashir Group of Companies, Head of Communications and Marketing department, says: “Tashirinvariably strives to support the most promising cultural and sports initiatives.We are convinced that a tournament where the world’s most prominent grandmasters compete will become yet another contribution of our Group to the sports and culture development in Russia. An international tournament is not a mere mastery competition betweenchess players from different countries. It also represents a uniting effort for nations, an additional confirmation that for people who have a passion for something no borders or divisions exist."

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9th Continental Chess Championship begins in Brazil, offers 4 slots for Baku World Chess Cup 2015

Hello chess blog friends, a Latin America chess news release states Cuban Grandmasters Isam Ortiz and Lazaro Bruzon will be taking part in the 9th Continental Chess Championship in Brazil starting Saturday. This event extends four tickets to the upcoming World Chess Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan next year.
Bruzón, second best player in Latin America due to his 2679 Elo points, is the top seed of the event. Meanwhile, Ortiz (2611) is the sixth in a list that includes as favorite players Peruvian Julio Granda (2674), the Paraguayan Axel Bachman (2645), Brazilian Rafael Leitao (2636) and American Samuel Shankland (2633).

According to information by the organisers, over 180 participants from 11 nations are expected to attend the competition in the Brazilian city of Rio Grande do Norte. The tournament will run from Oct 18-26. 


In these Continental chess tournament, Bruzón, currently 72nd in the world ranking list, won in 2005 and 2011, while Ortiz, a national champion was second in 2013. Granda took the title in 2012.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

World Chess Championship 2014: GM Sasikiran says Anand on Track to Challenging Carlsen

Hello chess blog friends, Indian media reports that Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran has said former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand is on track to taking on World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in Sochi for the World Chess Champion 2014.

"The way he bounced back winning Candidates and Bilbao (recently) speaks volumes about Anand's determination. Certainly, he's on track," Sasikiran told the Times of India.

Fresh from his stint with Anand, Sasikiran did not divulge the team preparation ahead of the chess world championship scheduled to be held in Sochi from November 7-21.

Sasikiran said: "He did not play that badly during the World chess championship in Chennai. Had it not for the few blunders he did in the middle, the result would have been completely different."
"I'm sure things would start looking better in terms of getting sponsors after our historic win in the Chess Olympiad. We may think of organising big tournaments (like Bilbao Masters)," he said.

"Team game is all about complementing and backing each other. Thankfully we all did well and at the same time we maintained a fine strategy with coach RB Ramesh. Both the factors played in our win," he said.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hou Yifan vs Judit Polgar Chess Video: Who Won?

Hello chess blog friends, it was a historic chess encounter between the women's world chess champion and the top-rated woman chess player at that time - Hou Yifan versus Judit Polgar at the Gibraltar Chess Tournament in 2012. Macauley Peterson's video includes highlights from Round 7 with excerpts from GM Simon Williams live commentary at the 10th Gibraltar Chess Festival. Enjoy.





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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Russia Deaf Chess Championship 2014 Video

Hello chess blog friends, here is the closing ceremony video of the Russian Deaf Chess Championship 2014 held in Zelenograd.






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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lovely Chess Girls Photos: Name Them

Hello chess blog friends, we're back with a quick pick from www.chesspics.com. Can you name these lovely chess girls who brighten up our chess universe?






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Get Official FIDE Chess Rating Playing Online

Hello chess blog friends, yes, it's true, you can actually get an official chess rating now by playing chess from the comfort of your home! FIDE ONLINE ARENA is the newest member of the Premium Chess community of arenas. Thanks to Premium Chess’ advanced anti-cheating technology, members are for the very first time able to obtain official FIDE online ratings, with a planned merging of online and over-the-board blitz and rapid ratings, revolutionising the way we think about and play chess.



Every day is scheduled a master challenge, a simul, live video lesson, or a thematic tournament.Find here today's events.



The chess world’s ultimate prize is a FIDE rating or title. Only the top 3% of chess players in the world get there, ranging from active club players to the current World Champion phenomenon, Magnus Carlsen. In addition to awarding official FIDE ratings, FIDE online arena offers the complete chess experience: events broadcasting, official FIDE tournaments and match play, full statistical analysis, game archive, a multi-lingual interface, and much more.
GM's & IM's: one year's free membership

All IMs and GMs, including WGM’s and WIM’s, are entitled to one year’s FIDE online arena and/or Premium Chess full membership. Find out more.



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World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad Promo Video

Hello chess blog friends, the big clash of the chess world, the World Chess Championship 2014 is coming up between World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Viswanathan Anand in Sochi, Russia from November 7. But there's always the new talent from the next generation to look forward to. Coming up in December, Hungary will host the World Chess U-16 Olympiad. Here is a nice video promo for the event. Enjoy.


The promo video features Judit Polgar, Csaba Balogh, Benjamin Gledura who was European Champion of his age group and Kata Karacsonyi who was the first to follow in the footsteps of Judit Polgar to win the National Championship topping all boys in their age groups.






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NYT may not End Chess Column

Hello chess blog friends, Andrew Beaujon has just written that after ll, the New York Times column may not be scrapped. A report — in the New York Times — of the death of the New York Times’ chess column may be premature, a Times spokesperson says. A note at the foot of Dylan Loeb McClain’s Oct. 11 appeared to say the column was toast: “This is the final chess column to run in The New York Times.”




Not necessarily so, says Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha: “We are considering eliminating the chess column in order to keep freelance costs in line. A final decision for the column (on all platforms) has not been made yet.”
The New York Times chess column has its own charm. A whole lot of chess fans read it online from around the world. It would be heartening to have it stay!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Nigel Short wins PokerStars Isle of Man Chess

Hello chess blog friends, GM Nigel Short has won the PokerStars Isle of Man Chess tournament with a clear first after beating GM David Howell. Short had slipped out of the top-100 for the first time in three decades in September and is now back in the list with the £6000 tournament victory. 


Laurent Fressinet and Sergey Tiviakov drew their round 9 game quickly and got 6.5 points each, as well as Gil Popilski and David Howell. The 6-points group consists of Michael Adams, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Gabriel Sargissian, Gawain Jones, IM Jonathan Hawkins and FM Alan Merry (the latter has outplayed Avital Boruchovsky in the long endgame). The best woman player was Harika Dronavalli with 5.5 points. (Inputs via www.chess-news.ru and official website)

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Detroit Chess Club Video: How chess helps Kids, Families

Hello chess blog friends, we found this nice chess video about the Detroit Chess Club. Definitely chess kids have a higher self esteem. It's a great weekend detox for the entire family! If you're in the Detroit area, check out the chess club. 







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R7 at Millionaire Chess Las Vegas: GMs Wesley So, Ray Robson in Lead

Hello chess blog friends, the Millionaire Chess Open Tournament is taking place on 9-13th October 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The total prize fund is One Million US dollars. Tournament Director is GM Maurice Ashley and Chief Arbiter is Franc Guadalupe. The tournament format is 9-round Swiss with the time control 40/2; SD/30 and 5 second delay from the start.



Standings after Round 7

11
GMSO WesleyPHI27556.0
11
GMROBSON RayUSA26286.0
34
GMYU YangyiCHN26975.5
8
GMAZAROV SergeiBLR26395.5
14
GMNARODITSKY DanielUSA26015.5
19
GMZHOU JianchaoCHN25805.5
72
GMBU XiangzhiCHN27105.0
6
GMDREEV AlekseyRUS26545.0
9
GMNAJER EvgeniyRUS26355.0
10
GMSHANKLAND Samuel LUSA26335.0

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GM Ziaur Rahman is Bangladesh National Chess Champion for 13th Time!

Hello chess blog friends, chess in Bangladesh has progressed steadily with chess events and training witnessing improvement in the Asian country. GM Ziaur Rahman has just become the 40th Bangladesh National Chess Champion... for the 13th time!




GM Ziaur Rahman of Dhaka Mohammedan S.C. Ltd. remained unbeaten at the 40th Berger Paints National ‘A’ Chess Championship 2014 sponsored by Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited and Organised by Bangladesh Chess Federation which was held at the Media Centre of Bangladesh Olympic Association. 


Zia earned 11 points to clinch the title. He won it last in 2011 and first in 1988. GM Niaz Murshed of Dhaka Mohammedan was runners-up with 10 points. Defending champion GM Abdullah Al-Rakib of Bangladesh Navy was third followed by team-mate GM Enamul Hossain. Rakib and Enamul both earned 9½ points each.

According to tournament regulations they played play-off matches for the 3rd and 4th positions. Rakib won play-off matches by 1½-½ points. IM Minhazuddin Ahmed of Bangladesh Navy became 5th and his teammate FM Sk. Nasir Ahmed became 6th. Minhaz and Nasir both earned 8½ points each. Minhaz won against Nasir in play-off matches by 1½-½ points. Uten of Access Group became 7th with 7½ points. 

Masum Hossain of Fire Service & Civil Defense became 8th with 5½ points. FM Kh. Aminul Islam of Bangladesh Navy became 9th and FM Debaraj Chatterjee of Titas Club became 10th. Amin and Debaraj both earned 5 points each. In play-off match Amin got walk-over against Debaraj. CM Sohel Chowdhury of Leonine Chess Club became 11th with 3½ points, FM Rezaul Haque of Access Group became 12th with 3 points, Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan of Sonali Bank Sports & Recreation Club became 13th with 2½ points and CM Mahtabuddin Ahmed of Dhaka Mohammedan became 14th with 2 points. The event was held in all play all Round Robin League system and 14 players including 4 Grandmasters, 1 International Master, 4 FIDE Masters participated, according to a FIDE chess news update

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