Enamul Hossain Razib, the youngest Grand Master of the country, retained his National ‘A’ Chess Championship title by beating fellow GM Abdullah Al Rakib in the title-deciding play-off on Wednesday.
The title was decided by play-off after both Razib and Rakib finished the regular stage with equal points of 11.
It was the fourth National Championship title for Razib, who played with whites in the first play-off and faced little trouble to win the game, though Rakib put some pressure on him in the second game.
Despite taking an early advantage, Rakib, however, failed to take him to winning position and gave up finally.
‘It was a great match for both of us,’ Razib told reporters after winning the title.
‘Rakib is always better than me in the rapid-fire format but this time I made a good start that boosted my confidence. Finally, he made a silly mistake to give me some room in the second game and I properly utilised it.’
Razib managed his first national championship title in 1997, two years after his debut in the top-tier competition. He then won the silverware in 2006 and 2016.
Rakib admitted that he missed a great chance to win the second game.
‘After losing the first game, I had to play attacking to win the second one,’ said two-time national champion Rakib.
‘But in the last part of the game, I made a silly mistake that cost me. Razib offered me a draw but I preferred to resign,’ he said.