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First ever FIDE rated Punjab Chess Championship 2015 with biggest ever prize fund of Rs. 370,000/ (3700$) was held from 1-5 August 2015. The venue was Smart Hotel, Liberty Market Lahore. It was a 9 round swiss league event with a time control of 90 Min plus 30 sec increment from move one. Total number of players was 69.

Dr. Murtaza Ali won the event with 7.5/9 points while top seed FM Syed Ahmad Ali 2354 had to be content on 3rd place. Mudasir Iqbal of Multan secured 2nd position.

Nr. Syed Zarrar Ali, President Chess Association of Punjab sponsored the event and was the chief guest on prize distribution ceremony. Mr. Abdus Salim, President Chess Federation of Pakistan could not attend the ceremony due to his busy schedule. Mr. Waqar Ahmad Madni was the Chief Arbiter.

More information can be found here.

Results can be found here.

Dr. Murtaza Ali receiving trophy from Mr. Syed Zarrar Ali Shah, President CAP

CM Anwar (2234) Qureshi lost 13 rating points

Noman Khan vs Waqas Ahmad Ch. ended in draw in last round

Dr. Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, Tanveer Ahmad and Babar butt