Sheikh Hasina International Online Chess to begin Thursday...

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Sheikh Hasina International Online Chess to begin Thursday

 Sports Desk

 Published: 12:46 PM, 22 September 2020   Updated: 12:47 PM, 22 September 2020

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

On the occasion of the 74th birthday celebration of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, “Joytu Sheikh Hasina International Online Chess tournament-2020” has been organised by Golden Sporting Club.

The tournament is scheduled to begin Thursday and will continue till Sunday, said general secretary of the Bangladesh Chess Federation Syed Shahabuddin Shamim in a press briefing at Hotel Westin in Dhaka's Gulshan on Tuesday morning. 

President of the South Asian Chess Council and Bangladesh Chess Federation and IGP Dr Benazir Ahmed will inaugurate the tournament in the conference room of the Canadian University at 2:30 pm on Thursday. 

A total of $6,000 prize money will be given in the tournament, sponsored by Chowdhury Nafiz Sarafat, chairman of the Canadian University of Bangladesh and vice-president of the Bangladesh Chess Federation.

Most of the 49 chess players of Bangladesh will take part in the tournament. The second highest five will be from India while two contestants each from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Indonesia and the Philippines. One contestant each will be from Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Iran and Russia. 

About 12 Grandmasters will play in the tournament. Therefore, $1500 will be kept for the chess players of Bangladesh. 16 people will get $4500 as the main prize money. 19 contestants including three from Bangladesh will get prizes in the competition.

NTV and ATN Bangla are the media partners of 'Jaytu Sheikh Hasina International Online Chess Tournament-2020'.