The Bangladesh Chess Federation is set to organise its first Grand Master Chess tournament in 11 years after the government has approved its budget for the birth centenary celebration of country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Federation said it had planned two GM tournaments, one each in Dhaka and Chattogram and a youth tournament across the country as part of the celebration.
The first Bangabandhu GM tournament is scheduled from April 15 to 23 while the Federation said it will host the second tournament in June.
‘The ministry for youth and sports has already approved a budget of worth Tk 2.35 crore for three tournaments – two GM tournaments in Dhaka and Chattogram and a youth championship across the country,’ said BCF general secretary Syed Shahabuddin Shamim.
‘We have already informed about the GM tournament to FIDE and are waiting for them to confirm the final schedule, which we hope will come by February 15,’ he said.
The Federation hoped that 15 to 20 GMs from India, Russia, Hungary, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Malaysia and Indonesia along with GMs and rated players of Bangladesh will take part in the Dhaka competition.
BCF’s chief arbiter Haroon-Ur-Rashid informed that they were yet to start sending the invitation letters to the foreign GMs.
Five GMs and above 2,000 rating players from hosts Bangladesh will be given opportunities to take part in the tournament, so that the local International Masters and FIDE Masters can get their chances to gain norms.
The last time a GM tournament was organised by the chess federation was the United Insurance and Leasing GM Chess Tournament in 2009.
However, four more GM tournaments were held later by other oganisations – two by Six Seasons and two by Chittagong Jilla Krira Sangsha.
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