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

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Became Joint Runner Up in 19th Max Wilkerson Memorial at Mechanics

I became jointly runner up in the 19th Max Wilkerson Memorial at Mechanics Chess Institute scoring 3.5 out of 5. In the 3rd round I drew again NM Eric despite being a pawn up. The game is given below. I went on to win again a candidate master in 4th round but lost the final round, missing the chance to be sole champion.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Chess Chat: Q&A with Ashik Uzzaman

Ashik Uzzaman was born and raised in Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh. He finished his post-graduation in Economics from University of Dhaka while completing diploma in software engineering from NIIT. He came to USA with job as a java developer in 2005 and currently working as a Senior Software Engineer at Roku. He, along with his son Ahyan Zaman, is a regular participant in chess tournaments on the west coast.

How old were you when you first learned how to play chess? Who taught you?
– I was about 8 years old when I learned to play chess. I learned it from my cousin.
How has chess effected your decision making process off the board?
– Chess makes you efficient considering many possible outcomes in parallel. This helped me consider pros and cons of making any decision carefully. Chess also helped me learn when to take time, observe and weigh in detail before making any conclusions. So I think it helped me in my career choice, my education and my social skills. 
How did your earlier career choices lead you to where you are now?
– To accommodate my chess tournament schedules, I picked relatively easier subject (Economics) during under graduate program. But later I focused on building my career as a Computer Programmer leaving chess for a long period of time.
How would you define your chess style?
– I was initially very aggressive attacking player. But as I started reading lots of chess books, I progressed to be a strategic positional player. I like Capablanca or Karpov’s style of accumulating small positional advantages.
Does your chess style transfer over into your business decisions as well?
– Yes. I often make decisions that are good for my team in the long term instead of looking at the immediate task in hand. Also I do a lot of trade off comparisons while deciding which option to choose while solving a problem.
What has been your worst chess mistake which has given you the biggest lesson?
– My biggest mistake was not focusing on the end game which resulted in loosing lots of games despite having advantages in the middle game.
What has been your worst career mistake that has given you the biggest lesson?
– My worst career mistake was not moving into Engineering Management roles despite getting several opportunities. I have been comfortably working as a software engineer in individual contributor roles for 19 years now. I am glad to share that I have amended the mistake and joining a company next month as an Engineering Manager.
Do you think chess has helped you to become more resilient in life?
– Yes. Chess teaches us perseverance and endurance. When I am stuck with a problem, I dont give up easily. I patiently continue to retry until I succeed. This is a direct habit learned from playing long games chess with intense struggles.
What do you hope to achieve professionally during the next couple of years?
– I want to see myself making good impact in my new project and hopefully take the pre-IPO company I am joining to public.

What is the biggest challenge to achieving that goal?
– Meeting continuous aggressive deadlines of multiple software projects; hiring and retaining the best engineers of bay area.
How would you relate these goals and challenges to the chessboard?
– In chess we have to keep eyes on our own weak squares and king safety and at the same time exploit our opponents’ weaknesses all throughout the game without slipping. Just as challenging in life.
Could you please leave us with a favorite piece of chess wisdom to conclude this interview?
– “Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do; strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do.” – Savielly Tartakower

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Ahyan Finally Defeated Me In A Competitive Chess Tournament

This finally happened. Ahyan defeated me for the first time in a competitive chess tournament despite my rating being more than 300 points than his. We are playing in 19th Henry Memorial Chess tournament today at Mechanics Chess Institute, San Francisco. This is a 5 round Swiss where after first 3 rounds both of us were at 2. Consequently I got white in 4th round against him. I gained a pawn putting some positional pressure and got greedy to get the second pawn. So I got into a long defensive position and miscalculated a pin which I thought I can defend. Well no. Ahyan piled all his pieces on the pinned Bishop despite having only 1 minute left in his clock. As it was a game in 40 with 5 seconds delay, seeing very low time in his clock, I didn’t resign until getting checkmated with the hope to flag him down on time. But we it didn’t work out for me. I have never given up any game in my life, and did my best to win. But kudos to him. Recently he had been crossing me in tactics multiple times (my puzzle rush best is 26 and Ahyan’s is 27 for example). The moves of the game is below but u will put a diagram tonight when at home. Ahyan will get some prize money if he wins the last round that we are about to head into.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Western States Open Chess Tournament 2018 at Reno


I and my son Ahyan will be playing in the 2-day format of Western States Open Chess Tournament 2018 at Reno. The details are as follows.

Friday 2 Rounds: 12 noon - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 2 Rounds: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 2 Rounds: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2 Day Schedule plays 4 rounds on Saturday: Rd. 1 - 11:00am, Rd. 2 - 1:15pm, Rd. 3 - 3:45pm. Rd. 4 merge with regular schedule - 7:00 pm.Time Control:
  • Open Section: 40 moves/2 hours, SD/55 minutes, 5 seconds delay for all six rounds.
  • Class Sections:
    • 40 moves/2 hours, SD/1 hour, 5 seconds delay in regular schedule.
    • Game/1 hour, 5 seconds delay for Rds. 1-3 of 2-day schedule.

Half-point byes available for any round (2 byes maximum in Open Section).

$25,500 PRIZE FUND!
Based on 275 players.
At least 5 places paid in each section!THE FOLLOWING PRIZES ARE GUARANTEED: Open $2,000-$1,000-$800-$600-$500-$300-$300, plus 1/2 of all other prizes. NOTE: GM/IM free entry not eligible for class prizes 2399 and below. May elect to pay entry fee and become eligible. In case of tie for 1st place, a G/10x2 playoff will be held for $100 of prize fund. 120 Grand Prix points and FIDE ratings in top section. Trophies to top 3 in sections A-D.
TOP UNRATED IN D/UNDER SECTION: One year USCF membership + trophy. Unrated players not eligible for cash prizes except Open 1-7.
TOP SENIOR (65 & Over): $200. Seniors not eligible include: Provisionally rated, unrated, and masters.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: $600-$300. Decided by total score of a fixed roster of ten scores from one club or area in main tournament. Club members not eligible include: GM/IM, and unrated.
PROVISIONAL PLAYERS: May win only 50% of first-place money in a class section. (May win full prize in Open section, 1-7 overall.)
PRIZE MONEY OVER $599: U.S. Social Security number and U.S. mailing address required for IRS Form 1099, or 30% of prize money withheld for taxes.


Open Section GM and IMFree*2-Day Schedule not available for Open Section
Open Section (2200-Up)$159
Open Section (2000-2199)$200
Open Section (1999 and below)$300
Expert Section$159$155 for 2-day schedule
"A" Section (1800-1999)$158$155 for 2-day schedule
"B" Section (1600-1799)$157$155 for 2-day schedule
"C" Section (1400-1599)$156$155 for 2-day schedule
"D" Section (1200-1399)$150$155 for 2-day schedule
Unrated PlayersFREE**
*Free GM/IM entry not eligible for class prizes 2399 and below. May elect to pay entry fee and become eligible.
**Unrated FREE but must also pay one year USCF dues even if already a member. (Adult Premium $49, Youth Premium $30.) Unrated players play in "D" Section. Players may play up. No discounts for Unrated players in main tournament.
$10 discount off entry fee to Seniors age 65+.


ADVANCE ENTRY BY MAIL: Add $11 if postmarked after September 19. Add $22 if entering at site. Do not mail after 10/12 or phone or email after 10/16. Print out the Entry Formand fill it out. Return the printed form with your check or money order payable to THE SANDS REGENCY or provide credit card information ($5 service charge on credit card entries) and signature. Mail to:

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Reno, NV 89501

No phone entries please.
ADVANCE ENTRY BY E-MAIL: E-mail all information on the form to TD Weikel at
ADVANCE ENTRY BY PHONE: Call 775-747-1405
ENTRY AT SITE: Register on Thursday, October 18 between 5 and 8 p.m., or on Friday, October 19 between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. Entries after 10 a.m. Friday may have to accept a first round (1/2 pt.) bye at the discretion of the T.D. CCA ratings may be used to protect from possible sandbaggers. Current USCF membership required. $49 Adult Premium, $30 Youth Premium. New memberships/renewals available at site.
Sets provided. Please bring clocks. OK to play up, but increased entry fees are applicable in Open Section. No smoking in game room. Smoking in casino OK.
Pairings: To make an odd group even, the highest rated player from the next lower group will be moved up, when applicable. If the unlikely situation occurs, three blacks in a row could be assigned. Pairings not changed for color alternation unless three in a row or cause a plus 3.
Jerry Weikel, Chief T.D. (N.T.D.)
6578 Valley Wood Drive
Reno, NV 89523
Thank you for staying with us! Discounted rates are $58.61 Sunday-Thursday, $88.12 Friday or Saturday, single or double occupancy, tax included. First night's deposit by check or credit card must be received by October 1st to guarantee these special rates. Players without reservations will be charged the current walk-up rate in effect on day of arrival.
To guarantee hotel reservation with credit card by telephone call 1-866-386-7829 and ask for group code CHESS1018. (Please, no tournament entries by telephone at Sands phone number.)

Remember, early entries must be postmarked by September 19. Add $11 after September 19. Add $22 if entering at site. First night's hotel room must be guaranteed by October 1. Players without reservations will be charged the current walk up rate on day of arrival.

Thursday, October 4, 2018


শিখতে লাগে ছ' মাস।
মন দিলে লাগতে পারে ক' মাস?
মন না দিলে লাগতে পারে ন' মাস
-- বাকীউল্লাহ স্যার,
আইডিয়াল স্কুল এন্ড কলেজ, মতিঝিল, ঢাকা, বাংলাদেশ
(প্রায় ৩০ বছর আগের কথা)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

মজার খেলা দাবা

সাদা কালো দু' দল নিয়ে 
যুদ্ধ করাই দাবা খেলা,
চৌষট্টি ঘরের উপর 
বত্রিশটি ঘুঁটির মেলা।
রাজা-মন্ত্রী-সেপাই নিয়ে
দুই দাবাড়ু যুদ্ধে নামে,
বিপক্ষকে মারার আশায়
ঘুঁটি চালায় ডানে বামে।

সৈন্য শুধু যায় এগিয়ে
দুই কোণে দুই ঘর দখলে,
হাতি মশাই শান্ত বিশেষ
কোণাকুণি শুধুই চলে।
লাফিয়ে লাফিয়ে এগিয়ে গিয়ে
ঘোড়ার চাল আড়াই,
সোজা বাঁকা দুই-ই চলে
এই মন্ত্রীর বড়াই।

চারিদিকে এক ঘর যায়
দাবা বোর্ডের রাজা,
তার নির্দেশ মাথায় নিয়ে
নৌকো চলে সোজা।

হরেক রকম ঘুঁটির মাঝে
দুই রাজাই দূর্গ গড়ে,
একের পর এক আক্রমণে
কেউবা জেতে কেউবা মরে।
ষোলো ঘুটি সামাল দিয়ে
যে খেলবে ঠান্ডা মাথায়,
বুদ্ধিটাকে পুঁজি করে
জিতে যাবে দাবা খেলায়।

Written by Ashik Uzzaman at 1990 at the age of 15.