GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib, WIM Hamid Rani Win Zone 3.2 Zonals

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib, WIM Hamid Rani Win Zone 3.2 Zonals

Bangladeshi GM Molla Abdulla Al Rakib finished first, alone with 8 points, undefeated in the 9-round Swiss System held 19-27 March 2017 in Kantipath, Kathmandu, Nepal.

GMs  Ziaur Rahman, with 7.5 points, and Niaz Murshed, 6.5 points, finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Untitled Sri Lankan Kalugampitiya R.S. finished with 6 points to earn the FM title.

WIM Hamid Rani of Bangladesh finished in a tie with defending champion WIM Akter Shamima, also of Bangladesh. Rani won the tie break by Direct Encounter, having beaten Shamima in the 3rd round.

WFM Nazrana Khan of Bangladesh landed third with 6 points and earned a WIM norm. Visit chess-results.com for final standings.

Chief Arbiter Dharmendra Kumar of India reported that the tournament was well organized in the Ganesh Hall of Hotel Yellow Pagoda which was the official hotel. Cash prizes were sponsored by the Asian Chess Federation.

In photo, Ekalal Shrestha, president of Nepal Chess Association, presents a token of love to Mr. Jhalnath Khanal, former Prime Minister of Nepal.