'Great platform for aspirants'

Calcutta: Ziaur Rahman, the first ever Grandmaster from Bangladesh, showered praises on The Telegraph Schools' Chess Championship during the prize distribution ceremony on the concluding day of the meet, at Gorky Sadan, on Thursday.

He emphasised on the competition being the starting point not just for chess aspirants in India, but also in Bangladesh. "I participated in this competition for the first time back in 1989… I was 14 years old then. I can certainly say that this tournament played a significant role in enabling me to evolve into a GM.

"I believe that the Telegraph Schools' Chess meet is a great platform to help aspirants improve on their game, grow up and reach a certain level. GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, myself and others have all started and learned from here. To be honest, this tournament has been the starting point for players not just in India, but also in Bangladesh," Ziaur said.

He also spoke of his son, Tahsin Tajwar Zia's experience in the meet. "Surely, it's been a wonderful experience for my son, who was one of the participants here. I'm confident he will make this experience count when he plays next," Ziaur added.

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