A legend lives forever on the chess board


Chess was the meditation of Ziaur Rahman. Zia spent the last moment of his life on the chess board. Deaths of athletes in sports are not new. But this is the first such incident in Bangladesh.

Ziaur Rahman became the second chess player of Bangladesh to achieve Grandmaster title in 2002. He was born in 1974 in a chess family. Father Paygam Uddin Ahmed was a national level chess player. Wife Tasmin Sultana was also a national level player.

Zia-Tasmin couple’s only child Tahsin Tazwar Zia also plays chess. He is now a fide master. Father and son were playing together in the ongoing national championship.

Father and son set a unique record by playing Chess Olympiad together. There is no precedent in Asia for father and son to play together in the umpire. There are only a handful of such cases in the world.

Taking himself to legendary status, Zia’s dream was to make his son a Grandmaster as well. Fidemaster Tahsin may one day fulfill his father’s dream. Then Ziaur Rahman will be in Antaloka.

Zia passed SSC from Government Laboratory High School in the capital. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dhaka University. In 1993, Ziaur Rahman received the title of International Master.

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