Provide support in his quest to become the youngest Grandmaster in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh – October 15, 2015: Mahindra Comviva, the global leader in providing mobility solutions, today signed a sponsorship agreement with FIDE Chess Master, Mohammad Fahad Rahman, Bangladesh’s most promising chess player. He will be mentored by Niaz Murshed, the first Grandmaster of chess in South Asia. This alliance is aimed at promoting chess in Bangladesh.

The announcement was made at a press event in Dhaka on Thursday, 15 October, 2015. The company will not only provide a monthly stipend to the child prodigy, FIDE master Fahad, but also bear all his expenses for participating at upcoming international chess tournaments, for a period of one year.
Mahindra Comviva will also provide support to Niaz Murshed, Bangladesh’s first chess icon, to train Fahad on all the theoretical aspects, as well as the tips and tricks of chess, needed to fast-track his rise to the next Grandmaster.

Speaking as the chief guest of the programme, the State Minister for Youth and Sports, Dr Sri Biren Sikder, MP said, “We already have five international chess Grandmasters in the country. If we can provide proper support & training to child prodigies like Fahad, Bangladesh will be able to produce more international Grandmasters.”

“I hope the support from Mahindra Comviva and the training provided by Niaz Murshed will help Fahad to become the next Grandmaster. I also request other big, local, and international corporates to extend their support to chess in Bangladesh,” he added.

Reyad Hasnain, Bangladesh country manager for Mahindra Comviva said, “We are very excited to extend our support to young talent like Fahad Rahman. I strongly believe that Fahad will bring recognition to Bangladesh at the international level, as he has the potential to become the next chess Grandmaster of Bangladesh.”

Adding further, he said, “Our focus has always been on creating value for our partners and customers. ‘Innovation’ is at the core of Mahindra Comviva’s business strategy and we are always keen to work closely with people who can plan ahead by looking into the future and beyond. As chess is a game for those with an intellectual bent of mind, we decided to contribute to its growth in Bangladesh keeping with our company philosophy.”

Commenting on the development, Niaz Murshed said, ‘We are very happy with the kind of support extended by Mahindra Comviva to FM Fahad, a child prodigy. If he gets proper training and guidance, he can be the next grandmaster in a very short span of time. I hope to use my expertise and skills as a Grandmaster to help Fahad in his quest to become the youngest Grandmaster in Bangladesh.”

President of Bangladesh Chess Federation Mr. Benazir Ahmed BPM (Bar) and General Secretary Gazi Shayiful Tarique were also present at the announcement programme.


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