Sunday, September 29, 2019

Became 2019 US National Class Champion In Under 2000 Section

I became undefeated champion today in 19th US National Class Chess Championship organized by BayAreaChess. I played in A section (Under 2000) in 2 days format while Ahyan played in B section . (Under 1800). I won first 4 rounds and drew the final round to be champion. Ahyan didn’t get a good tournament this time as he is trying to settle in this relatively new B section. So far all my games were hard earned slow endgame wins, three times being a pawn down with slight or no compensation. I should receive $1008 first prize along with the champions trophy. 

You may find the final standings here. Also I have recorded below all the 5 games I played in this tournament.

Rohan Rajaram (1794) vs. Ashik Uzzaman (1947) 1/2-1/2
Hyatt Regency, Burlingame, California: US National Class Championship: 2019.09.29

In the final round I needed a draw while my opponent Rajaram needed to defeat me to be champion. He thought he got me in the bag after his 42. Kd2. I am going to soon loose my c2 or g6 pawn with a good chance for him to win. But my reply 42... g5! threw him out. I virtually sealed the draw there by ruining his pawn structure despite going a pawn down. I remember Tournament Director Tom (who was watching the game) asked me later, where did that g5 come from? Moves like g5 is not intuitive and easy to miss, so I was very happy when I found it!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Zodiac Sign

My Zodiac Sign is Libra, I feel I am a Libra.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Vote for Me in CalChess Board of Directors Election 2019

CalChess will be holding its annual general meeting in connection with the State Championship.
Besides general agenda items, elections will take place for 4 seats: 2 of them will be re-election, and 2 will be filling vacant positions.

We are calling all players or parents who are passionate about chess and the future of chess in Northern California. We need fresh, new and enthusiastic board members, who are ready to volunteer their time in order to improve the chess scene, bring new ideas to the table, and help execute them!

Read the bylaws here:

Northern California State Affiliate - CalChess
General meeting & Elections for the Board of Directors

Date: Saturday, August 30th, 2019
Meeting time: 6PM
Location: Ballroom K in the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

You may read the announcement here.

If you are current member of CalChess and over 14 years of old, you are eligible for giving a vote. You have to make sure your membership didn't expire before August 30th 2018. You can check the membership list below. To give the vote you have to be physically present in that location that day.

If you are interested to run for the election yourself as one of the candidates, you will need to send an email to Dr. Judit Sztaray, Secretary of CalChess: You should go through the updated CalChess ByLaws. And of course you have to ask the voters to vote for you.

I will be running for one of the 4 positions. I am a long time bay area resident, a chess parent and a USCF Candidate Master. If elected as a board member for CalChess, I will work along with other members to improve the presence of CalChess across Northern California both offline and online. This will include timely communication of CalChess activities via e-newsletter, facebook page, LinkedIn and twitter feed for CalChess. I will also work to attract Corporate Sponsorship from various Sillicon Valley software companies.
  • Improving the CalChess Web Site
  • Write article in CalChess Journal
  • Chess Event Coverage
  • Improve CalChess Social Web Presence
  • Attracting Corporate World Into Chess
Last year I lost the election by couple of votes but hope to make it this time with your support.  Please vote for me in this CalChess Board of Directors Election 2019 as well as tell your friends to vote in my favor.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

19th Addison Memorial Chess Tournament at Mechanics Chess Club

I and Ahyan played 19th Addison Memorial Chess Tournament at Mechanics Chess Club, San Francisco this weekend in 2-days schedule. I scored 3.5 our of 5 in under 2000 section while Ahyan socred 3 out 5 in Under 1800 section. Like our last week's Las Vegas National Open tournament, it didn't go well for either of us. But there are some interesting moments of chess that I would like to share with you.

After my 3rd round game, Paul invited me and my opponent to analyze our game live at twitch tv where top 10 boards in each round were being broadcasted.

You may find my commentary at 1 hour 25 minutes portion of the above broadcast and Ahyan's at 3 hours 7 minutes. Other than twitch the games were also broadcasted in and followchess.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Ahyan Became Jointly Champion In Best of The West Under 1800

Ahyan and I played the 2 days format of Best of the West chess tournament organized by Bay Area Chess over the memorial day weekend. Ahyan played one section up at Under 1800 instead of Under 1600. I played in Under 2000 section. Ahyan won 5 games and lost 1 while I lost first 2 games and won the rest 4 games. As a result Ahyan will be wining some $800 or so while I will probably just a bit for jointly being 3rd with a bunch of others. Here are some of our games from the tournament.

The full standings may be found here.

Tournament: Best of the West
Site: Santa Clara Marriott
SectionL Under 1800
Date: 27th May 2019
Round: 6
Board: 147
White: Ahyan Zaman (1568)
Black: Andrew Ng (1756)
Result: 1-0

Tournament: Best of the West
Site: Santa Clara Marriott
SectionL Under 2000
Date: 26th May 2019
Round: 4
White: Ashik Uzzaman (1950)
Black: Alvin Han (1664)
Result: 1-0

Tournament: Best of the West
Site: Santa Clara Marriott
SectionL Under 2000
Date: 27th May 2019
Round: 6
White: Ashik Uzzaman (1950)
Black: Chelsea Zhou (1727)
Result: 1-0

Here is a quiz from my 4th game where I checkmated my opponent with White to move. Can you find it?

Saturday, March 30, 2019

My Loss against Ivanov in 2nd round of TNM anallyzed by IM Elioot Winslow in TNM Newsletter

(14) Uzzaman,Ashik (1931) - Ivanov,Aleksander (2171) [B23]
Mechanics' Spring TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (2.14), 26.03.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.0-0 [6.Bc4; 6.Bd3] 6...Nxb5 [6...a6; 6...e6] 7.Nxb5 d5 [7...d6] 8.exd5 a6 9.Nc3 Nf6 10.d4 Nxd5 11.dxc5 Nxc3 12.Qxd8+ Kxd8 13.bxc3 Bxc3 [13...Kc7!? 14.Nd4 Rd8 15.Be3 Bf5] 14.Rb1 Kc7 [14...f6!?] 15.Rb3 Bf6 16.Bd2
I would like to ask both players if they knew what a theoretical rabbit-hole they went into with this line! There are over 60 games here! 16...a5 [16...Be6 has been most often played: 17.Ba5+ (17.Rb6!? a5) 17...Kc6 But this might well not be the best! (17...Kb8!! is Stockfish's adamant (and unplayed!) preference, with a slight plus! 18.Rd1!! b5!!) 18.Rb6+ Kxc5 19.Nd2 Bxa2! according to Stockfish the only 0.00 move (19...Bd5; 19...Bd4+ 20.Kh1 Bxa2 21.c3!N +-; 16...Bf5 17.Ba5+ Kc8 18.Rb6 Rd8 19.c6 bxc6 20.Rxc6+ Kd7 21.Rxf6 exf6 22.Rd1+ Ke8 23.Bxd8 Rxd8 24.Rxd8+ Kxd8 25.Nd4 saw White grind to the edge of a win and then miss; ½-½ (78) Keller,C (2200)-Leon Hoyos,M (2521) Metz 2010] 17.a4? Lets Black out. [17.Rfb1 Ra7 18.Rb5 (18.c6! (Stockfish 10) 18...Kxc6! 19.Be3 Ra6 remains tense but Black is no worse18...Bd7! 19.Rb6 (19.Bxa5+ Kc8 20.c6 (20.Bb6?! Rxa2 21.Ra5 Rxa5 22.Bxa5 Bf5 (22...Bc6=/+) 23.Ne5 Bxc2 24.Rc1 Be4 25.Rd1 Bxe5 26.fxe5 Bf5 27.Bb6 h5 28.Kf2 Be4 29.g3 e6 30.Rd6 Bc6 31.h4 Rf8 32.Ke3 Bd7 33.Rd1 Bc6 34.Rd6 f6 35.Rxe6 fxe5 36.Rxg6 Kd7 37.Rg5 Rf3+ 38.Ke2 e4 39.Rxh5 Bb5+ 40.Kd1 e3 41.Re5 e2+ 42.Kd2 Rd3+ 43.Kc2 Rxg3 44.Ba5 Kc6 45.Bd2 Bd3+ 46.Kc3 Kb5 47.Be1 Rh3 48.Kd4 Bg6 49.c6+ Kxc6 50.Re6+ Kd7 51.Rxg6 Rh1 52.Rg7+ Kc6 53.Rg6+ Kd7 54.Rg7+ Kc6 55.Rg6+ Kd7 1/2-1/2 (55) Lazar,A (2129)-Danner,G (2401) Pula 2012) 20...Bxc6 21.Rc5 e6 22.Bc3 Bxc3 23.Rxc3=/+) ] 17...Be6-/+ 18.Rb6 Rhd8 19.Rfb1 Bd5 20.f5 slightly suicidal [20.Be3 Rd7 (20...Bc6) 20...gxf5 21.Bf4+ Kc8 [21...Kd7] 22.Ne5 Bxe5 23.Bxe5 Bc6
Quite an amazing situation, that Black is as won as he is here. 24.Bc3 [24.Rf1] 24...Rd5 25.Re1 Kd7 [25...Rxc5!] 26.Re5 Rxe5 27.Bxe5 Ke6 28.Bf4 Rd8 29.Rb3 Rd4 30.Bc7 Rxa4 31.Rh3 Ra1+ 32.Kf2 a4 33.Rh6+ f6 34.Rxh7 a3 35.Rh8 a2 36.Ra8 Bd5 37.h4 Rc1 38.h5 a1Q 0-1