Dhaka – Three Bangladeshi players – GM Ziaur Rahman, FM Mohammad Fahad Rahman and Tahsin Tajwar Zia – earned full point after winning their respective first round matches of the 3rd Kolkata International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament that began in Kolkata on Monday.In 1st round matches: Tahsin beat Tarun V Kanth of India, FM Fahad beat Jewel Atharva of India while GM Zia got walk-over against his opponent Subrota Biswas.
CM Sohel Chowdhury drew with Russian GM Diviatkin Andrei and IM Abu Sufian Shakil drew with Harshit Arya of India to share half point each.
In the other first round matches, FM Mehdi Hasan Parag lost to top seeded player of the event GM Nigel Short of England, CM SM Sharon lost to GM Abhijit Gupta of India, FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman lost to GM Sandipan Chanda of India, CM Chanchal Kumer Ghosh lost to IM Vignesh NR of India, IM Mohammad Minhaz Uddin lost to Kavinda Akila of Sri Lanka, FM Sk. Nasir Ahmed lost to Didwania Vishal of India, FM Kh. Aminul Islam lost to Shrutarshi Ray of India, WIM Rani Hamid lost to Navalgund Niranjan of India, Mukaddesur Rahman Khan lost to Jayakumaar S of India while Mohammad Anisuzzaman Jewel lost to Kushagra Mohan of India.
Fifteen players from Bangladesh including one Grandmaster, two International Masters, one Woman International Master, five FIDE Masters, three Candidate Masters and three FIDE rated players are participating in the event.
A total of 205 players from 13 countries including 27 grandmasters, 2 women grandmasters, 29 international masters and 7 women international masters are taking part in the event.UNB