Prizes of the Joytu Sheikh Hasina International Online Chess Tournament' 2020 were handed over at a function at the La Meridian Hotel in the capital on Sunday.
State Minister for Youth & Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell MP distributed the prizes among winners as the chief guest.
President of Asian Chess Federation His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nehyan was present the function as the guest of honour while Dr. Benazir Ahmed, President of Bangladesh Chess Federation, President of South Asian Chess Council and Inspector General of Bangladesh Police was also present as special guest.
General Secretary of Asisn Chess Federation Hisham Al Tahir joined the function through video conference.
Chowdhury Nafeez Sarafat, Chairman of Canadian University, Bangladesh and Vice President of Bangladesh Chess Federation presided over the ceremony.
A documentary film on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's life and leadership was also displayed at the function.
Addressing the function the State Minister for Youth and Sports said, Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Sheikh Hasina created a rare example in the world facing Coronavirus successfully and made Bangladesh a role model of development.
Prasing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for making huge development in the country's sports at grassroot level, the minister finally assured the Chess Federation to provide a permanent land for them very soon.
Grand Master Megaranto Susanto of Indonesia emerged unbeaten champion in the Joytu Sheikh Hasina International Online Chess Tournament' 2020 securing seven points from nine-round Swiss League basis competition that concluded on Saturday.
On completion of the nine-round competition last evening, three players have secured seven points each, but in the tie breaker Susanto clinched the title of the first ever meet, arranged on the occasion of the 74th birthday of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He received prize money of US dollar 1200.
The two other players---Indian GM SL Narayan and Iranian GM M Amin Tabatabaei, who also bagged seven points each, finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the tie breaker to earn prize money of US dollar 800 and 500 respectively.
Among the Bangladeshi players, promising Fide Master Subroto Biswas was placed 12th securing six points while another Bangladeshi Fide Master Mohammad Javed was placed 14th, also collecting six points.
Three Bangladeshi GM even failed to manage a seat in the top 15 places of the meet, sponsored by Canadian University, Bangladesh, organised by South Asian Chess Council, associated by Golden Sporting Club.
Five players earned 6.5 points each. Their positions are: 4th-GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong of Vietnam, 5th-GM Diptayan Ghosh of India, 6th-GM D Gukesh of India, 7th-R. R. Laxman of India and 8th – Jhon Paul Gomes of Philippines.
Six players earned 6 points each. Their positions are: 9th-IM Priasmoro Novendra of Indonesia, 10th- GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly of India, 11th- Volkov Sergey of Russia, 12th –FM Subrota Biswas of Bangladesh Navy, 13th- Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh of India and FM Mohammad Javed of Bangladesh Navy.
Three players of Bangladesh Navy achieved the top three positions among Bangladeshi players. They are: FM Subrata became 1st and FM Mohammad Javed 2nd and IM Abu Sufian Shakil became 3rd.
The 7th to 9th rounds games were held on the Last day of the three-day meet on Saturday in the online chess platform.
In the 7th round: GM Megaranto drew with GM Diptayan, GM Gukesh drew with GM Thruong Son, GM Valkov drew with GM Tabatabaei, GM Narayan beat GM Antonio, IM Priasmoro beat Villamayor, GM Gangulay beat IM Nubairshah, IM Shakil beat GM Vishnu, GM Razib beat FM Taibur.
In the day's 8th round: GM Thruong Son drew with GM Megaranto, GM Diptayan drew with IM Priesmoro, GM Narayanan beat GM Razib, GM Tabatabaei beat GM Ganguly, GM Laxman drew with GM Volkov, GM Gomes beat IM Shakil, GM Gukesh beat FM Parag, FM Subrota drew with GM Zia and Shafiq beat GM Villamayor. drew with GM Megaranto, GM Ganguly drew with GM Thurong Son, GM Zia drew with GM In 9th or last round GM Megaranto drew with GM Narayanan, GM Gomes drew with GM Thruogn Son, GM Gukesh drew with GM Diptayan, GM Tabatabaei beat IM Priesmoro, GM Laxman beat Shafiq, GM Volkov drew with Shakil, GM Ganguly beat IM Fahad, FM Subrato beat GM Vishnu.
A Total 74 players including 17 grandmasters, 6 International Masters from 14 countries including Bangladesh took part in the thee -day meet.
The National Athletics Championship' 2020 has been shifted to January next year due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The decision was taken at an executive committee meeting of Bangladesh Athletics Federation held on Friday with its President ASM Ali Kabir in the chair.
As per preliminary decision, the 44th National Athletics'2020 will be held in January 15-27 next.
The 43rd National Athletics Championship'2019 was held in last January in Chattagram.
The meeting also decided not to arrange Summer Athletics meet this year. The last Summer meet was held in August last year.
But, the Federation decided to start their athletics activities by arranging two-day long 36th National Junior (Age Group) Athletics meet, likely in November 20-21 this year.
They also decided start federation's development program very soon.
The Joytu Sheikh Hasina International Online Chess Tournament 2020, on the occasion of the 74th birth anniversary of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, begins Thursday.
Seventy-four players, including 49 from Bangladesh, representing 14 countries will compete in the nine-round Swiss league basis three-day competition.
The South Asian Chess Council is organising the meet online sponsored by Canadian University of Bangladesh.
Participating countries are: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Iran, Russia, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia.
The Inauguration ceremony will be held at 2:30pm Thursday at the conference room of Canadian University of Bangladesh.
Dr Benazir Ahmed, President of Bangladesh Chess Federation, President of South Asian Chess Federation and also the Inspector General of Bangladesh Police, will inaugurate the event as chief guest.
Chowdhury Nafeez Sarafat, Chairman of Canadian University of Bangladesh and Vice-President of Bangladesh Chess Federation and Hisham Al Taher, General Secretary of Asian Chess Federation will also be present as special guests at the ceremony.
FIDE and South Asian Chess Federation officials will virtually join in the inauguration ceremony.
The 1st to 3rd rounds matches will be held on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm, the 4th to 6th rounds games will be held on Friday from 2pm to 5pm while the 7th to 9th rounds games will be held on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm.
Seventeen grandmasters have already confirmed their participation in the heavyweight meet.
They are: GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, GM Vishnu Prasannna, GM Diptayan Ghosh, GM S. L. Narayanan, GM R. Laxman, GM Himanshu Sharma and GM D Gukesh of India, GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong of Vietnam, GM Ziaur Rahman, GM Reefat Bin Sattar, GM Enamul Hossain Razib of Banglaesh, GM Serkey Volkov of Russia, GM Megaranto Susanto of Indonesia, GM Antonio Rogelio and GM John Paul Gomes of Philippines, GM M Amin Tabatabaei of Iran and GM Villamayor Buenaventura of Singapore.
Besides, International Masters are – IM Mohammad Fahad Rahman, IM Mohammad Minhazuddin, IM Abu Sufian Shakil of Bangladesh, IM IM Priasmoro Novendra of Indonesia, IM Mohammad Nubaishah Shaik of India.
WIM Rani Hamid, WIM Sharmin Sultana Shirin, FM Md Taibur Rahman, FM Khandaker Aminul Islam, FM Sheikh Nasir Ahmed, FM Mehdi Hasan Parag, FM Subrota Biswas, FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman, FM Mohammed Abdul Malek and FM Mohammad Javed will also compete in the meet.
A total of US$ 6,000 prize money will be given to the winners as follows: 1st prize $1,200, 2nd $800, 3rd $500, 4th $300, 5th to 9th $200 each and 10th to 16th $100 each.
Three special prizes will be given to Bangladeshi players: 1st $700, 2nd $500, and 3rd $300.
Prize money will not be shared and one player will get only one prize.
The Prize distribution ceremony will be held on Sunday from 11am at Hotel La Meridian, Dhaka. State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell will be chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony.
Benazir Ahmed will preside over the ceremony.
President of Asian Chess Federation Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nehyan will virtually present as special guest and Chowdhury Nafeez Sarafat, Chairman of Canadian University of Bangladesh will also be present as special guest at the prize distribution ceremony.
The Walton 7th National Men's Baseball Tournament, organized by Bangladesh Baseball-Softball Association (BBSA), begins on September 30 at Palton Maidan here.
Eight teams, split in two groups, will initially compete on knock out basis in the three-day competition, sponsored by Walton Group.
The details of the Tournament disclosed by Tournament officials at a press conference here on Tuesday.
Executive Director of the meet's sponsor Walton Group FM Iqbal bin Anwar Dawn and BBSA General Secretary Aminul Islam Liton were present at the day's press conference.
Eight participating teams are:Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh Ansar, Dhaka District, SKSP Sirajganj, Community SC, Sand Angel Baseball Club, DCC Baseball Club and SSC.
After the knock out basis first round, two group champions will play in the final on October 2.