Grandmaster Ziaur suffers cardiac arrest during national competition 

Grandmaster Ziaur RahmanProthom Alo file photo

Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman has suffered a cardiac arrest while attending the national chess competition. 

He fell down all of a sudden at 5:52pm when he was playing against another grandmaster Enamul Hossain Rajib during the 12th round of the competition at the Bangladesh Chess Federation building on Friday.  

As soon as he collapsed, the opponent grandmaster and others came forward in his rescue and rushed him to the Ibrahim Cardiac in the capital’s Shahbagh area. It took nine minutes to reach the hospital and begin his treatment.  

The federation sources said the ailing grandmaster was without a detectable pulse for nearly 15 minutes after reaching the hospital. He is now in a critical condition.