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Indian players will return to the board at Bangladesh Premier Chess League

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/03/2021

8 GMs and 6 IMs will end their over a yearlong drought of playing over-the-board chess tournaments as they start their campaign tomorrow for their respective teams in SAIF POWERTEC Premier Division Chess League at Bangladesh's capital Dhaka city. It will be a round robin team championship between eleven teams. The winner will receive Tk 125000, runner-up will earn Tk 75000 and second runner-up will get Tk 50000. There are board prizes also for each boards. The tournament is organized Bangladesh Chess Federation. Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation

SAIF POWERTEC Premier Division Chess League starts tomorrow

Bangladesh Chess Federation organizes various national and international level rating events throughout the year. Apart from that, they organize three league tournaments every year. They are - Premier division chess league, First division chess league and Second division chess league. From 19th March 2021, SAIF POWERTEC Premier Division Chess League 2021 will start. It will be a Round-Robin tournament among eleven teams.

The tournament logo | Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation

Press Conference of SAIF POWERTEC Premier Division Chess League 2021 | Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation

The Press Conference of the Mujib Hundred Years SAIF POWERTEC Premier Division Chess League 2021, under the patronage of SAIF POWERTEC Limited and organized by Bangladesh Chess Federation, was held on Wednesday 17th March in the Conference-Room of NSC Tower of the National Sports Council. International Organizer Syed Shahab Uddin Shamim, General Secretary of Bangladesh Chess Federation and President of FIDE Zone 3.2 presented a written statement at the press briefing. KM Shahidullah, Vice President of Bangladesh Chess Federation, Masudur Rahman Mallick Dipu, Joint Secretary of Bangladesh Chess Federation and Secretary of the Chess League Committee and the Chief Arbiter Md Haroon Or Rashid also presided the conference.


Three members of the executive committee of Bangladesh Chess Federation Md. Moniruzzaman Palash, Sheikh Md. Monirul Islam Alamgir and Sajol Mahmud, two chess league committee members Lieutenant Ramzan Ali, Secretary of Navy Sports Control Board and Mohammad Rahat Hossain, President of Uttara Central Chess Club were present at the time.


Bangladesh Police is the defending champion which features two Indian GMs - Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Raunak Sadhwani along with IM Mohammad Fahad Rahman and two GMs from Bangladesh - Ziaur Rahman and Abdullah Al Rakib.

10. Bangladesh Police (RtgAvg:2516 / TB1: 1 / TB2: 0) Captain: Dr. Shoeb Reaz Alam
1IMMohammad Fahad Rahman23072307BAN102077910,00
2GMGanguly Surya Shekhar26352635IND50021500,00
3GMSadhwani Raunak25452545IND350934870,00
4GMMollah Abdullah Al Rakib24632463BAN102004440,00
5GMRahman Ziaur24192419BAN102000370,00

Can you identify them all?

Runner-up of the last edition - SAIF Sporting Club will have GM Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus and the country's own GM Reefan Bin Sattar return to the team. GM Adhiban B will joining the team along with FM Mehdi Hasan Parag, FM Mohammed Abdul Malek and CM Ahmed Mahtabuddin.

2. SAIF Sporting Club (RtgAvg:2480 / TB1: 1 / TB2: 0) Captain: Chowdhury Mahmuda Hoque
1GMAdhiban B.26592659IND50184710,00
2GMKovalev Vladislav26482648BLR135043980,00
3GMReefat Bin-Sattar24092409BAN102002070,00
4FMMehdi Hasan Parag22042204BAN102012030,00
5FMMohammed Abdul Malek21342134BAN102013000,00
6CMAhmed Mahtabuddin20392039BAN102020210,00

Can you identify him?

Bangladesh Biman is another star studded featuring three GMs - Gukesh D, Neelotpal Das and Enamul Hossain. The remaining three players are also titled - FM Md. Taibur Rahman, FM Rezaul Haque and CM Chanchal Kumer Ghosh.

7. Bangladesh Biman (RtgAvg:2407 / TB1: 1 / TB2: 0) Captain: Enamul Hossain
1GMGukesh D25632563IND466165430,00
2GMNeelotpal Das24252425IND50035120,00
3GMHossain Enamul24262426BAN102006490,00
4FMRahman Md. Taibur22152215BAN102006220,00
5CMGhosh Chanchal Kumer20612061BAN102018580,00
6FMHaque Rezaul20022002BAN102000610,00

Shahin Chess Club will have two GMs in their lineup and both of them are Indian - Abhimanyu Puranik and Narayanan S L. FM Debaraj Chatterjee and CM Sohel Chowdhury are the other titled players in the team.

8. Shahin Chess Club (RtgAvg:2394 / TB1: 1 / TB2: 0) Captain: Md Badrul Alam
1CMChowdhury Sohel21492149BAN102011140,00
2GMPuranik Abhimanyu25842584IND50612450,00
4FMChatterjee Debaraj22232223BAN102011300,00
5Islam Mohammad Aminul20782078BAN102009670,00
6Alam Badrul17941794BAN102013860,00

Second Runner-up of the previous edition - Uttara Central Chess Club will feature Indian IMs - Mitrabha Guha and Koustav Chatterjee making debuts for the team. They will join Bangladesh's youngsters CM Zia Tahsin Tajwar and CM Manon Reja Neer.

5. Uttara Central Chess Club (RtgAvg:2278 / TB1: 1 / TB2: 0) Captain: Md Monjur Alam
1Alam Md. Monjur18531853BAN102006060,00
2CMZia Tahsin Tajwar20922092BAN102118880,00
3IMMitrabha Guha24452445IND50570000,00
4IMKoustav Chatterjee24312431IND250730600,00
5CMManon Reja Neer21432143BAN102240090,00
6Md.Abu Hanif20082008BAN102008350,00

GM Arjun Erigaisi and IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad will debut for Titas Club Chess Team. They will join Bangladesh's FM Md. Saif Uddin and CM Ikramul Haq Siam.

6. Titas Club Chess Team (RtgAvg:2273 / TB1: 1 / TB2: 0)
1Jabed Al Azad20022002BAN102302380,00
2GMErigaisi Arjun25592559IND350091920,00
3IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad24412441IND250058120,00
4FMUddin Md. Saif18551855BAN102014240,00
5Md. Masum Hossain20542054BAN102031330,00
6CMIkramul Haq Siam20372037BAN102025950,00

Bangladesh Navy is the all Bangladesh team which means players are only from Bangladesh who will be taking part in this event. IMs Abu Sufian Shakil and Mohammad Minhaz Uddin will be the spearheads for the team. They are supported by three FMs - Subrota Biswas, Sheikh Nasir Ahmed and Aminul Kandaker Islam.

9. Bangladesh Navy (RtgAvg:2249 / TB1: 1 / TB2: 0) Captain: Sheikh Nasir Ahmed
1IMAbu Sufian Shakil22442244BAN102009160,00
2IMMohammad Minhaz Uddin22952295BAN102019550,00
3FMAhmed Sheikh Nasir21932193BAN102005250,00
4FMIslam Khandaker Aminul21742174BAN102009750,00
5FMSubrota Biswas22622262BAN102162000,00
6Md. Sagor20052005BAN102062990,00

IM Aronyak Ghosh will represent Leonin Chess Club along with Bangladesh's CM Md. Shawket Bin Osman Shaon. Subhayan Kundu is the only other Indian in the team who is on the verge of knocking on the IM-norm and rating barrier's door.

4. Leonin Chess Club (RtgAvg:2158 / TB1: 1 / TB2: 0) Captain: Gulam Sarwar
1Shahnaz Mohammad Faruque18311831BAN102032060,00
2IMAronyak Ghosh24362436IND250728460,00
3Subhayan Kundu23052305IND50948010,00
4CMMd. Shawket Bin Osman Shaon19821982BAN102163400,00
5Asif Mahmud19071907BAN102214250,00

Sheikh Russel Chess Club has Bangladesh's legendary woman WIM Rani Hamid and no.3 woman of the country WIM Sultana Sharmin Shirin in the team. They are joined by CM Nayem Haque. Kaustuv Kundu and Sumit Kumar will be the Indians who would want to make their mark.

3. Sheikh Russel Chess Club (RtgAvg:2135 / TB1: 1 / TB2: 0) Captain: Showkat Hossain Pollab
1WIMHamid Rani19231923BAN102000960,00
2CMNayem Haque20402040BAN102177540,00
3Sumit Kumar21962196IND50540100,00
4Kaustuv Kundu23012301IND50569000,00
5WIMSultana Sharmin Shirin20022002BAN102044820,00

Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society is the only team with one titled player FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman. Ashutosh Kumar and young kid Sanket Chakravarty are the only two Indians in this team.

1. Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society (RtgAvg:2090 / TB1: 1 / TB2: 0) Captain: Md Raushan Alam
1Hasan Md Emam20582058BAN102015560,00
2FMRahman Syed Mahfuzur21582158BAN102007380,00
3Ashutosh Kumar19751975IND50187140,00
4Sanket Chakravarty21062106IND250320380,00
5Mihir Lal Das19641964BAN102064770,00
6Islam Aminul20362036BAN102020480,00

Sonali Bank Sports & Recreation Club will see the participation of two Indian veteran IMs who will bring a wealth of experience with them - Anup Deshmukh and Chandra Sekhar Sahu.

11. Sonali Bank Sports & Recreation Club (RtgAvg:2082 / TB1: 1 / TB2: 0) Captain: Md morshedul Islam
1Sabya Sachi18741874BAN102040320,00
2Md. Matiur Rahman (Mamun)19791979BAN102101210,00
3IMSahu Sekhar Chandra20492049IND50001570,00
4IMDeshmukh Anup21902190IND50005640,00
5Bose Protul Chandra20942094BAN102024550,00
6Dewan Shahidul Amin19961996BAN102010840,00

There is one round every day starting at 3 p.m. BST (2:30 p.m. IST) from 19th to 28th March 2021. On 29th March the final round starts at 2 p.m. BST (1:30 p.m. IST). A total of 63 players including 13 GMs, 9 IMs, 2 WIMs, 10 FMs and 8 CMs are slated to take part. A staggering 66.67% players are titled, 20.6% are GMs and 14.3% are IMs.



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