A five-member chess team will represent Bangladesh in the 1st FIDE Olympiad for People with Disabilities in Serbia's Belgrade from January 29 to February 5.
The Bangladesh team consists of Md Khorshed Alam, Syed Ejaz Husain, Bappy Sarkar and Md Ali Newaz Sarker and non-playing captain plus coach Masudur Rahman Mallick. They will leave Dhaka for Belgrade Saturday morning.
The details of the competition were disclosed by Bangladesh Chess Federation Vice-President KM Shahidullah at a press conference in the federation hall room Wednesday.
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Bangladesh Chess Federation General Secretary Syed Shahab Uddin Shamim, FIDE instructor plus Joint Secretary of Chess Federation Masudur Rahman Mallick and International Arbiter Md Haroon Or Rashid also spoke.
Twenty-six teams from 24 countries are expected to participate in the FIDE Olympiad, including two teams from Serbia.
The remaining 24 teams were selected based on player ratings when countries applied to participate in the competition.
The FIDE Olympiad will be played in a six-round Swiss League basis format. Four players from each team will take part in four boards in each match.
Md Khorshed Alam (rating 2026), Syed Ejaz Husain (rating 1952), Bappy Sarkar (rating 1778), Md Ali Newaz Sarker (rating 1809)
Source: United News of Bangladesh