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Agami to organize ACG FIDE Rated School Chess Tournament on Sep 28-30

The tournament is open to all students from Class 1 to 10 who are currently enrolled in a school in Bangladesh

Update : 29 Sep 2023, 07:11 PM

The Agami Chess Guild, in association with the Bangladesh Chess Federation, is excited to announce the ACG FIDE Rated School Chess Tournament 2023, a three-day event to be held from September 28 to 30, 2023, at the Bangladesh Chess Federation Hall.

ACG, dedicated to advancing chess in Bangladesh, is a project under the umbrella of the Agami Education Foundation, a non-profit organization.

This initiative provides a range of chess programs and tournaments tailored for students, with a particular focus on underprivileged schools.

The tournament is open to all students from Class 1 to 10 who are currently enrolled in a school in Bangladesh.

Participants must provide proof of student status at the time of registration.

The tournament will consist of three categories:
•    ACG Standard Rating School Chess Tournament: for students from Class 1 to 5
•    ACG Standard Rating School Chess Tournament: for students from Class 6 to 10
•    ACG Blitz Rating Team School Chess Tournament: for teams of 4 players from the same school

All tournaments will have a time control of 60 minutes + 30-second increments per player, except for the Blitz Rating Team School Chess Tournament, which will have a time control of 5 minutes + 3 seconds increments per player.

Tahsin Rouf, the lead and architect behind the Agami Chess Guild, is brimming with excitement as the tournament approaches.

He said: “The ACG afterschool chess education program was primarily developed to foster the cognitive, intellectual, and social skills of low-income and disadvantaged youth. Life is like a game of chess, in which infinite moves are possible; you must seize the opportunities when available, defend if forced to, and attack when possible. It has been two years since we started this program, and we are observing exciting outcomes.

“Through this tournament, we intend to share those and promote the positive impact of a chess program in school. Good luck to all participants; let the battle of wits begin."

The total prize money for the tournament is Tk50,000, which will be awarded to the top finishers in the Standard Rating School Chess Tournament for Class 6 to 10.

All participants will receive crests, medals, and certificates.

International-rated player and former Dhaka Mohanogori champion, Farhadur Rahaman, who serves as one of the coaches for ACG and is also an organizer of this tournament, has high hopes for the event.

He stated: "Through this tournament, we aim to foster a competitive spirit among students in Bangladesh and offer the students of Agami Chess Guild the chance to compete alongside some of the finest chess players. Our long-term objective is to nurture world-class players right from our schools."

ACG encourages all students to register for the tournament and to take advantage of this opportunity to improve their chess skills and to compete against other talented chess players.

To register for the tournament, please visit the Agami website at The registration deadline is 8 PM on September 27, 2023.

The prize-giving ceremony for the ACG FIDE Rated School Chess Tournament 2023 will be attended by some of the biggest names in Bangladesh chess community, including Grandmaster Reefat Bin Sattar, Woman International Master and Bangladesh chess legend Rani Hamid, and national chess team captain and International Master Abu Sufian Shakil.

ACG is grateful for the sponsorship of its generous partners.

Amra 92 Foundation, a BUET Alumni Organization, takes the lead as the Platinum Sponsor, followed by the Silver Sponsor, Purbani Group, and the Bronze Sponsor, SalesTrace.

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