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Razib to replace Rausis for Chess World Cup

  • Published at 06:49 pm July 21st, 2019
GM Enamul Hossain Razib

Enamul Hossain Razib will coach chess prodigy Mohammad Fahad Rahman, ahead of the World Cup this September

The Bangladesh Chess Federation has decided to appoint Grandmaster Enamul Hossain Razib to replace its former coach Igor Rausis, who was earlier accused by World Chess Federation (Fide) of cheating. 

Razib will coach chess prodigy Mohammad Fahad Rahman, ahead of the World Cup this September.

“We decided in principle that we don’t have to bring a new foreign coach, rather we gave the job to our own GM Razib. He will now only coach Fahad for the World Cup,” said BCF general secretary Syed Shahab Uddin Shamim to Dhaka Tribune Sunday.

The deal however, has not been finalized yet as Shamim added that the contract with Razib, detailing the salary and other issues, will be drawn up during a meeting Tuesday.

Razib, who became the country’s fifth and last GM in 2008, has been coaching Elegant Chess Academy since 2017. 

He was also involved as the chess federation coach for three months last year before Rausis’ arrival.

Rausis was scheduled to come to Dhaka Saturday to take the job but the federation decided not to renew Rausis’ contract after the Latvian GM was accused of foul play during an international tournament in Strasbourg, France.

“I still have not heard the news officially (to become coach),” said Razib, who became a certified Fide trainer in 2016. 

“We have very little time for preparation. As Fahad’s ranking is low, he has to face one of the strongest opponents in the world, may be someone among the top 10. Fahad is trying to be a GM so this training would help him achieve the norm,” he added.

A year before becoming the GM, Razib, an International Master at that time, made a notable feat in the Chess World Cup 2007 where he reached the second round after beating the then world No 19 Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine.

Earlier, Fahad qualified for the World Cup after emerging as the champion in the Asian Zonal Chess Championship in March this year where he outraced Razib and other GM Abdullah al Rakib to clinch the title.