Monday, October 23, 2017

Nice Words from Dr Alan for Us

I was browsing and just stumbled upon this news where Ahyan defeated Oliver Wu last year. So nice to read it -

Oliver Wu (1851) 5-1 Tied for Second  - Oliver is always our top player    and most skilled player at Weibel.  For some strange reason he always seems to lose to a lower rated player in an early round. This weekend it was in the first round.  He lost  to a 1207 player named Ahyan Zaman.  Ahyan, to be candid, is underrated by a lot.  His rating has been a lot higher.  He is one of those young players that goes up and down in his rating and is now on a steady uphill path.  His father is a solid chess player, and just an all around nice guy, who volunteers his time to help the State and National chess communities.  NOTE: I like his Mom as well.  In any case, as in other tournaments, Oliver came back strong. NOTE 2: Oliver was disappointed his trophy wasn’t available as he was told it had broken in transit.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Ahyan Became National Champion for G/30 Under 1600 Section

US National Championship G/30 and G/60 tournaments where organized by Bay Area Chess last September 23-24th respectively. It was held in the Santa Clara Convention center that attracted 11 Grand Masters in the pool for hundreds of players. Ahyan became the champion in Under 1600 section in G/30 format scoring 4.5 out of 5 games! In the process he also earned $663 prize money. This is his second national title. In 2014 he was National Junior champion for Age group 8 and under - a little more than 3 years ago.

After 4 rounds Ahyan was 3.5 and had to defeat the leader Jacob who had full score of 4. So Ahyan was in a must win situation and he made it! USCF published an article on this tournament where Ahyan's name was mentioned generously.

"Ahyan Zaman, a rising talent whose father also competed in the Open section, took clear first in the u1600 section."

In TNM Newsletter IM John Donaldson also reported Ayan's win -

"Two young Mechanics’ regulars had outstanding results in the G/30. 10-year-old Adrian Kondakov defeated his first Grandmaster, Carlos Matamoros of Ecuador, and Ahyan Zaman won the C group with 4½ from 5."

My own performance was ok, got 2 small prize checks in both G/30 and G/60 sections.  But the memorable one for me was defeating the very gentleman IM Anthony Saidy in G/60 in a King's Gambit. After the game Anthony told me that it was his first King's Gambit game in his long chess career.

Here is Ahyan's final round win for the championship title.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Became One of the Seven Champions of Central California Open Under 2050 Section at Fresno

By winning the longest game of the tournament at last round I had a 7-way tie for champion scoring 4 out of 5 in under 2050 section of Central California Open at Fresno. Got $271 prize. Ahyan scored 3.5 out of 5 in under 1650 section and won $33 prize. The event was held in DoubleTree bu Hilton at Fresno from 11th August to 13th August. I took a room there for 2 nights as we made it family chess trip. Sos Hakobyan and his wife were planning to join us but cancelled at the last moment.

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Drew Agaginst IM Oscar Cartagena in Carlsen Swiss @Norcal House of Chess

I and Ahyan played a short 3 round Carlsen Swiss chess tournament at NorCal of Chess where I drew in last round against IM Oscar Cartagena. Here are the games I played.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I Became Champion in Bernardo Smith Memorial Chess Tournament @Mechanics Chess Club, SFO

I became undefeated champion in Bernardo Smith Memorial Chess Under 2200 Tournament  at Mechanics Chess Club, San Francisco this weekend scoring 5.5 out of 6. After last week's joint championship in Fresno in Under 2050 section - this consecutive win came with pleasure of excellent performance from my son Ahyan Zaman too.

Ahyan got his biggest scalp by winning the 1st round against the top seed National Master Michael Lei Wang rated 2186. In the G1 (1 hour each side for first 4 rounds and then 2 hours each side for round 5 and 6) game, we arrived 20 minutes late - so his opponent not only had a rating 644 higher than him but also had a time advantage. His first reaction after winning was that now he can negotiate a full week of screen time back from his Mom!

End of first day and 4 rounds, I was leading the standings with all wins while Ahyan was alone in 2nd position with 3.5 and his first round nemesis Michael Wang and Gary Warmerdan are trailing in 3rd position with 3 points. And the rest of the field is way behind with 2.5 or less points. Ahyan drew the second round against 1767, won the 3rd round against 1650 and won the 4th round against 1892 - all of whom were higher rated than him. Arbiter IM John Donaldson was in trouble to avoid paring between father and son - and paired Michael against me for me instead of Ahyan for 5th round. As I drew the 5th round as per my plan, Ahyan lost to Gary. So I had to play Ahyan in the last round and despite Ahyan's attack and sacrifice, I won. 

The final standings can be found here -

Here is what IM John Donaldson wrote in the following week's Tuesday Night Marathon Newsletter -

MI tournament regular Ashik Uzzaman has been doing well of late. He tied for first in the under-2050 section of the Central California Open in Fresno held August 11–13 and the following week took first in the 12th Bernardo Smith Amateur (for players under 2200) at the Mechanics’ Institute with a 5½ from 6 score, a half-point ahead of Gary Warmerdam. Ashik’s son Ahyan Zaman has also been doing very well, with his USCF rating rising over 400 points in 2017.

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