Bangladesh Police emerged unbeaten champions in the Premier Division Chess League after defeating Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society by 3.5-0.5 points in the 11th and final round game at the National Sports Council Auditorium on Tuesday.
Police earned maximum 22 points from 11 rounds to clinch the title in their maiden appearance, dethroning two-time champions Saif Sporting Club.
Saif finished runners-up with 20 points while Uttara Central Chess Club finished in third with 17 points.
In the final round of the 12-team league, Saif beat Sonargaon Chess Club by 4-0 points while Uttara played out a 2-2 draw against Sheikh Russel Chess Club.
South Asia’s first Grand Master Niaz Morshed, who represented Police this year, hoped that the champions had a bright future.
‘I have made all four [Sheikh Rusell KC, Saif SC, Bengal Chess Club and Police] teams I have played for champions. As an institution Police have more resources. I hope the Police [team] will survive. It would be good for us,’ said Morshed to reporters.
‘Our target was to win the title. Win against Saif was the turning point for us. We had to work hard this time,’ he added.
Police had defeated Saif SC by 2.5-1.5 in the ninth round on December 15.
Sultana Kamal Smirity Pathagar and Sonargaon Chess Club were relegated to the first division after they finished 11th and 12th respectively.
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