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20 September, 2019 10:37:46 AM
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Veteran Rani Hamid starts bid to lift 20th nat’l women title

Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Veteran Rani Hamid starts bid to lift 20th nat’l women title
Veteran chess player IWM Rani Hamid (L) mulls over a move as her first round opponent Kaumudi Nargis makes move during first round of 40th National Women Chess Championship at NSC auditorium in the capital yesterday. BCF Photo

International Woman master Rani Hamid began her bid to become champion for 20th time as the 40th edition of the National Women’s National Chess Championship kicked-off yesterday at the National Sports Council auditorium in the capital. Bangladesh chess queen Rani Hamid who is now over 70 started her campaign with facing Kaumudi Nargis in the first round.

A total of 70 players are taking part in the 40th edition of the national women’s championship on nine-round Swiss League system. Walton, who is sponsoring the tournament, will award Tk one lakh as cash reward to General secretary of the Bangladesh Chess Federation Shahab Uddin Shamim said that five players will be selected for Chess Olympiad, but every one of them has to play the national championship.

 Rani Hamid, who emerged her first title in the national level in 1979 and turned into almost indomitable keeping her dominance six years in a row and became champions for 19th times out of last 39 editions. Rani Hamid while talking to this correspondent just prior to begin her first-round game yesterday said that nowadays some promising young players are coming, so it would be something tough to be champion.

“Actually, in our days we played for pleasure and took part in the competition. But time has been changed, now the girls (players) come with full preparation with some targets.” “In our times there were not so many facilities, as the players of this time enjoy all modern facilities to practice through online and under foreign coaches and it comes something difficult to win against them,” said the women chess legend of the country.

Rani, mother of country’s former star footballer Kaiser Hamid, still hopes to play well and said, “In fact, now brain becomes tired, can’t play for a long time, sometimes make errors while giving a right move. But I am expecting to play well.” 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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