Grand Master Niaz Murshed of Bangladesh Ansar maintained his solo lead securing 5.5 points after the 7th round matches of the Saif Powertec 45th National Chess Championship at the SREDA auditorium of the Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh in Ramna on Friday.
In the day's match, GM Niaz drew with GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib of Saif Sporting Club.
GM Rakib, IM Mohammad Fahad Rahman of Bangladesh Ansar and FM Md Taibur Rahman followed securing 5 points each.
Four players -- GM Ziaur Rahman and GM Reefat Bin Sattar of Bangladesh Ansar, IM Mohammad Minhaz Uddin of Bangladesh Navy and CM Manon Reja Neer of Chattogram -- are sharing third slot collecting with 4.5 points each.
In the other matches, FM Tibur drew with IM Minhaz, CM Manon drew with GM Zia, IM Fahad beat FM Mehdi Hasan Parag of Golden Sporting Club, GM Reefat beat IM Abu Sufian Shakil of Bangladesh Navy, GM Enamul Hossain Razib of Saif Sporting Club beat FM Khandaker Aminul Islam of Bangladesh Navy, FM Debaraj Chatterjee of Barisal beat CM Nayem Haque of Mir Chess Club, FM Mohammed Abdul Malek of Chattogram beat FM Mohammad Javed of Bangladesh Navy, FM Sheikh Nasir Ahmed beat Delwar Hossain of Khulna, CM Md. Sharif Hossain of Bangladesh Navy beat Tahsin Tajwar Zia of Golden Sporting Club, Md. Emdadul Haque of Satkhira beat CM Saiful Islam Chowdhury of Sylhet, FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman of Janata Bank officer Welfare Society beat CM Sohel Chowdhury of Titas Club, CM S M Sharon drew with Md. Jamal Uddin of Bangladesh Police, Anata Choudhury of Sheikh Russel Chess Club beat WIM Rani Hamid of Bangladesh Ansar and Md. Sariatullah of Bangladesh Police beat CM Monir Hossain of Narayanganj.
The 8th round matches will be held on Saturday (November 9) from 3:00 pm at same venue.
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