The title race in the Premier Division Chess League went down the wire after Bengal Chess Club caused a huge upset in the penultimate round by beating favourites Saif Sporting Club on Monday.
Bengal won the game by 2.5-1.5 points at the National Sports Council Auditorium to take their tally to 17 points, one clear of Saif, who were leading the table until this round.
Reigning champions Saif formed a strong side with three local Grand Masters and two foreign Grand Masters hoping to retain the title.
Local GM Abdullah Al Rakib, Enamul Hossain Razib and Russian GM Aleksey Goganov, who played for the club
last season, were joined by Bangladesh’s top-
rated GM Ziaur Rahman and Ukrainian GM Martyn Kravtsiv.
FIDE master Taiyobur Rahman is the other member of the six-member Saif team.
But in the most crucial round, Bengal’s GM Niaz Murshed beat Aleksey Goganov and GM Paichadze Luka beat Razib to give the side two crucial points.
Though Zia won his match against WIM
Shamima Akter Liza, Saif’s Kravtsiv had to settle for a draw with Bengal’s Georgian GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil.
Bengal will play against Fire Service & Civil Defence Sports Club today while SAIF will face Sultana Kamal Smirity Pathagar at the same venue in their final round matches.
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