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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bangladesh Chess: GM Abdullah Al-Rakib wins National Title on Return to Chess

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Bangladeshi Grandmaster Abdullah Al-Rakib has won the Berger Paints 39th National ‘A’ Chess Championship without a single loss. Since his first national title in 2007, Rakib took part in only one national chess championship that also in 2008. Representing Duronto Rajshahi Rakib defeated Fide Master Kh. Aminul Islam of Bangladesh Ansar in the ultimate round at the Bangladesh Olympic Association media centre to secure his second national title. 

Rakib played with white pieces against English Opening of Amin and won the game after 27 moves. He finished with 11 points from 13 rounds. Rakib, who drew with three GMs of the country - Zia, Niaz and Rajib, admitted that his opponents failed to perform up to their level that won him the title.

“The preparation was not good and I have not played my natural attacking game as I used to. It’s not like I played well and won, but the truth is that my opponents were not up to their mark which made my task easier,” said Rakib.

He achieved his third and last GM norm back in 2007 and following a poor display in the Indian chess tournament last year, Rakib said he was not prepared to participate in the national chess tournament now. “This is the first time I have played in the national chess since 2008. I couldn’t play in the last tournaments as I was not prepared after taking part in a chess tournament in India.”

While asked about the future of chess in Bangladesh, Rakib criticised the system for no sponsor, fund and enough facilities. “The standard of the game would have been better if Rifat had played. Even some Fide Masters like Shumon, Fahad Rahman got crashed out from the qualifiers. My rating is 2510/11 and it’s sad to say that this is the rating of the top ranked chess player of the country. That signifies the whole scenario of the game,” he said before adding that he will take part in two international tournaments in India in November.

Meanwhile, 12-time national chess champion GM Ziaur Rahman became the runner-up with 10.5 points after getting walk-over from FM Nasir Ahmed yesterday. IM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar finished third with 10 points. GM Enamul Hossain Razib was fourth with 9 points.

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