Rani Hamid

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Rani Hamid
Rani Hamid Photo (cropped).JPG
Full nameSayeda Jasimunnessa Khatun
Born1944 (age 75–76)
Sylhet, Bengal Presidency, British India
TitleWoman International Master (1985)
Peak Elo rating2189 (October 2007)

Rani Hamid (born 1944) is a Bangladeshi chess player who became the country's first Woman International Master in 1985.[1][2] She won her 19th National Women's Chess Championship title in 2018.[3] She is also a three-time winner of the British Women's Chess Championship.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Hamid with her husband MA Hamid, after their wedding in 1959.

Hamid was born Sayeda Jasimunnessa Khatun in Sylhet in 1944. She started playing chess at the age of 34.[5] She was awarded the FIDE Woman International Master (WIM) title in 1985.

Hamid won the national title for six consecutive years from 1979 to 1984 among her total 19 titles.[5] This is the most Bangladeshi Women's Championship titles by a wide margin. She has won the British Women's Championship in 1983, 1985 and 1989.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Hamid was married to lieutenant colonel MA Hamid, a sports organiser, from 1959 to 2008 (his death).[6] 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b P. K. Ajith Kumar (14 November 2013). "Rani Hamid — Anand's cheer girl from Dhaka". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  2. ^ "About Sports and Games". Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Rani Hamid regains title". The Daily Star. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b "John Saunders's Chess Pages: British Chess Champions, 1904 to present". www.saund.co.uk. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Chess Queen Rani Hamid: Deserves a place in Guinness". The Financial Express. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Noted sportsman MA Hamid dies at 76". Retrieved 14 September 2018.

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