Published:  01:15 AM, 14 July 2019

Rani Hamid

Rani Hamid

Rani Hamid is a Bangladeshi chess player who became the country's first Woman International Master in 1985.  She won her 19th National Women's Chess Championship title in 2018. She is also a three-time winner of the British Women's Chess Champio-nship. Hamid was born in 1944 in Sylhet. She started playing chess at the age of 34. She was awarded the FIDE Woman International Master (WIM) title in 1985.

Hamid was married to lieutenant colonel MA Hamid, a sports organizer, from 1959 to 2008 (his death). Their son Kaiser Hamid was a football player for Mohammedan Sporting Club and the captain of Bangladesh Football Team during the 1980s and 1990s. Her other son, Sohel Hamid, was a national squash champion.  She has won the British Women's Championship in 1983, 1985 and 1989.

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