In Bangladesh, the National Chess Championship is a very important event for the chess players. It is a tournament where all the grandmasters and other top players of the country participate. Starting 45 years back, the event is running every year and the top 5 finishers qualify to the Olympiads! But all the players don't get the chance to play in this event. There is another local event called "Mohanogori" from where, 14 players qualify to National "B" and from National "B", 12 players qualify to the National Chess Championship! There are some other district events from where 2-3 players qualify for the National "B".
From the very first beginning of my chess career, I always wanted to participate in the National Chess Championship. I used to go to the venue and watch all the games when I was very young, and it inspired me a lot! I got my first ever FIDE rating in 2013, but I started playing chess seriously two years later.
In 2016, I played in the National "B" for the first time! The tournament went good and I increased 164 Elo points! I also defeated a titled player for the first time during this event!
Next year, I played in the event again. Even though I increased rating in the tournament, it didn't go the right way. I lost 4-5 games and scored only 5.5 out of 11 rounds. 2018 was very important to me. I again played in the National "B" event and this time, I desperately wanted to qualify in the National "A" Chess Championship. The 1st round was disappointing because I lost the game from a completely winning position.
I was in my preparation and pointed out 15...Bxh4 which was a very nice idea, but in the end, I blundered and lost the game. I was really disappointed after this game. But somehow, I was able to settle my mind for the next rounds and went on to win 5 games in a row!The 6th round game was interesting, as my opponent launched a devastating attack on the kingside. But in the end, I won the game!
Alapin is an opening that I always feel uncomfortable playing against. The move 26...Qc6 was very important and I was very happy after finding that moveBut in the 8th round, I lost a disastrous game. I was taken out of my preparation and I played very bad.
So, the last round was very important. If I win, then I might qualify for the National "A" Chess Championship. Before the match, I took no preparations at all! This is a method I very often follow😁
At the closing ceremony, it was announced that I became 12th and was the last person from that event to qualify! Only 12 players qualify to the National "A" Chess Championship and I became 12th! I also increased 122 Elo points in the event! So, at last, I achieved one of my dreams. But it is not finished yet! My performance in the National "A" was another achievement which I will share in my next blog!
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