Bangladesh Navy, in only their second season at the top flight, lifted their maiden Premier Chess League beating Navy Junior by 4-0 points at the media center of Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday.
The undisputed champions, comprising of FM Taibur Rahman, GM Abdullah al Rakib, GM Enamul Hossain, IM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar, FM Nasir Ahmed and FM Aminul Islam, bagged a total 14 points. In the 9th and the last round Rakib, Razib, Nasir and Amin beat Masum, Sharon, Sharif and Sagar respectively.
Rakib termed the success as an awesome feat and said, “Frankly speaking, we had some limitations, but we overcame the limitations with pure team spirit.”
Meanwhile, IM Sagar cherished defeating the sub-continent’s first GM Niaz Murshed and said, “I had never beaten Niaz Murshed before and this win was the turning point of the tournament, it turned the tide towards Navy.”
Champions in the previous three editions Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited had to remain content at second place with 14 points. Mohammedan team included two Georgian Grand Masters – Merab Gagunashvili and Mikheil Mchedlishvili – Bangladeshi GM Ziaur Rahman, GM Niaz Murshed, IM Abu Sufian Shakil and FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman Emon.
The remaining spots were grabbed by – Titas Club finished (3rd with 10 points), Bangladesh Navy Junior (4th with 8 points), Pritam-Prism Chess Club Narayanganj (6th with 6 points), Sreejan Chess Club (7th with 6 points), Leonine Chess Club (8th with 4 points), Sultana Kamal Smirity Pathagar (9th with 4 points) and Fire-Service & Civil Defense Sports Club (10th with 4 points). Fire Service and Access Group, who did not participate in the league, were relegated to the first division.