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Mohammedan clinch hat-trick chess title

Update : 10 Nov 2013, 05:53 PM

The two foreign Grandmasters of Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club Ltd, who propelled the club to its hat-trick title of the premier division chess league, termed Bangladesh chess has the potential to go ahead.

Tajikistan GM Amonatov Farrukh and Russian GM Sergey Volkov along with local GM’s Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman registered the hat-trick by clinching the Rupahali Sarees Premier Division Chess with 16 points from nine games. In the last round yesterday the treble winners beat Gopalganj Chess Club.

Mohammedan all but assured the title in the very first game of the league when they defeated Bangladesh Navy by 3.5-.05 points and the win made all the difference. Navy finished second with 14 points.

Amonatov, the lone GM of Tajikistan who has a rating of 2616, said the level of competition was not very high as not many strong teams were there, but he was surprised to see the potential. “This is my first appearance in Dhaka and I did not have good idea about Bangladesh chess, after playing the league I am surprised to see that there are many talented players,” said Farrukh.

The Tajik GM said Bangladesh Navy team was their main challenger and the Bangladesh Navy GM’s Reefat bin Sattar, Abdullah al Rakib and Enamul Haque Razib are good players. “They are good players and as far I saw, their style of playing is also good, even little Fahad Rahman showed a lot of potential, I hope Bangladesh progress in the chess arena,” he added.

Volkov also echoed the same tune and said, “I love playing in Bangladesh, and I enjoyed the league, I hope it would be more competitive in the future.”

Abdullah al Rakib also admitted that the defeat against Mohammedan made the journey difficult. “We failed to implement our plans, we hoped to win against Niaz Murshed and Zia and earn a  draw against one of the foreign GMs. Reefat was in a good position against one of them, but we could not succeed, however we admit that Mohammedan was superior in strength,” said Rakib.

Rakib opined that if the league was played in game points rather than match points then the level of competition would have been greater.

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