Zia wrote history by teaming up with her son in the Olympics


Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman, who recently passed away, was one of the biggest stars in the Bangladesh chess world. Zia, who fell to his death while playing chess at the age of 50, made a unique history in 2022 in his long career. Ziaur Rahman teamed up with his son Tahsin Tajwar Zia in the 44th Chess Olympiad held in India in July that year. There is no history of father-son pair in Chess Olympiad in Asia. Rare in world chess.

Zia was 48 years old. It was his 15th Chess Olympiad. A 16-year-old boy was paired with her then. Father and son have faced each other many times in domestic competition. Lost to son, drew. The short-spoken Zia used to smile after losing to his son. Coming from a chess family, Zia’s last dream was to see that boy as a grandmaster.

Zia played with his son for Bangladesh Ansar in the last Bangladesh Games. Zia has played against his son many times in the Premier Chess League, National Chess Championship and various international rating chess tournaments. Zia tied with his son in classical chess and lost to his son in a rapid tournament.

All in all, Ziaur Rahman was a legend in the history of chess in Bangladesh. The man who returned home smiling with his wife and son after playing 11 rounds of chess on Thursday, less than 24 hours later, his wife and son returned home with the frozen body of Zia, whose life lamp had been extinguished on the chess board.

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