Biggest GM Chess of All Time Starts Tomorrow
Around 100 chess players, including 32 Grandmasters and a Women Grandmaster, will compete for the highest prizes at the Sheikh Russel International Grandmasters Chess Tournament which starts tomorrow in Dhaka, with $ 55,000 offered.
According to organizers, the Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF), this is the largest GM chess tournament ever to be held in the country – both in terms of number of participants and prize money.
With the number one seeded Sergei Tiviakov of the Netherlands – a familiar face of Bangladeshi chess, the nine-round Swiss League tournament will feature GM, IM, FM, CM alongside WFM, WIM and d ‘a WGM from Asia, Europe and South America.
Three of the country’s five general managers – Niaz Murshed, Ziaur Rahman and Enamul Hossain Razeeb are expected to spearhead the local players with $ 10,000 in stipulated prizes for the locals, aside from anything they get from the set
standing, informed the organizers during a press briefing in a hotel in the capital yesterday.
“The lowest scoring point requirement for participation is 2000, however, we have allowed ourselves to be lenient on this requirement in the case of some promising local players,” said Shahab Uddin Shamim, general secretary of BCF, during the event.
While the country’s biggest chess event will not feature the country’s five general managers, the official BCF tournament hopes, especially the separate prize for locals, will encourage them to play well and compete with the locals. others.
“Even if the locals miss out on the overall prize money, we make sure that the best finishers in Bangladesh get a certain amount. We also provide money for appearances to the local GMs to ensure their participation,” said Shamim.
Sponsored by Saif Powertec Limited, the mega event will offer local players the chance to achieve the required standards, even if the locals have failed to grasp the standards in the three recent GM chess tournaments held in the past month. .
The tournament’s highest rated player, Tiviakov, said he was impressed to see such an important event unfold during this pandemic.
“I am happy to be back here. I think the level of competition will be high. I have to congratulate the Bangladesh Chess Federation for organizing this event despite the pandemic”, the Dutch general manager, who played for the first time at national chess in 1998 before returning a few times as a player and later as a national team coach, media told.