Thursday, November 8, 2007

Tal Memorial Rapid Chess Tournament

GM Abdullah Al Rakib became champion in the Tal Memorial Rapid ChessTournament organized by Bangladesh Chess Federation which was held yesterday (Friday) at the Conference-room of National Sports Council. GM Reefat Bin Sattar became runner-up and FM Sk. Nasir Ahmed became 3rd. Rakib, Reefat and Nasir earned 4 points each after end of the 5th or last round and tie-breaking system was used to break the tie. 12 invited leading chess players including 3 Grandmasters, 1 International Master, 7 FIDE Masters participated in the event. The event was held in 5 round Swiss-League system and cash prizes were given to the winners.

Tal Memorial Rapid Chess Tournament organised by Bangladesh Chess Federation will start today (Friday) from 10:30 AM at theConference-room of National Sports Council. 12 invited leading chess players including Grandmasters, International Masters, FIDE Masters will participate in the event. The event is being held for the birth-anniversary of former World Chess Champion late Mikhail Tal (1936-1992), who was also known as magician of the chess board as he was able to create attack on opponent's king out of nothing. Another former World Champion, Max Euwe declared:"Tal is an exceptional appearance in the chess arena. You better believe me: I've seen a lot of talented chess players in my long career, so I know it" His style is described as 'displaying an execptionally combinative,resourceful and spontaneous power, Tal took his opponent by surprise, harassed him with unsolvable problems, never ceasing to be confident and optimistic, finally won!' His games are fascinating, full of light and optimism, they display confidence in his talent and in the beauty of the chess. Tal himself is alike: cheerful, witty, self-confident. Was Tal an enigma? judging by his style, the impetous and unexpected sacrifices, his extraordinary courage and surprising fantasy he might have been. Grand Master Panov, referring to Tal, once said "each diamond must be polished". No, Tal cannot be polished up. Tal is unique, he is...just Tal

The event will be held in 5 round Swiss-League system and cash prizes will be given to the winners.
Participants are :
1. IM Enamul Hossain
2. GM Abdullah al Rakib
3. GM Ziaur Rahman
4. GM Reefat Bin Sattar
5. FM Kh.Aminul Islam
6. FM Sk.Nasir Ahmed
7. FM Abu Sufian Shakil
8. FM Md. Taibur Rahman
9. FM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagor
10. FM Mehedi Hasan Porag
11. Mohammed Javed
12. Mohammad Ali

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