FIDE Master Fahad Rahman lost both his first round matches against Anish Giri, one of the top chess players in the world, to be eliminated from the Chess World Cup in Russia yesterday.

The 16-year-old Fahad, with a rating of 2250, was up against the second-seed Dutch Grandmaster due to qualifying with the second-lowest rating points.

And as expected it proved to be a learning experience for the Bangladeshi chess prodigy, who lost the two bouts against the 2780 rating-point holder. Fahad had qualified for the world event after winning the Asian Zonal Chess Championship in Dhaka.

Enamul Hossain Razib remains the only Bangladeshi player to move into the second round which he did beating the then World No. 19 Pavel Eljanov in 2007.


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