Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ashik vs Oleg Shakhnazarov, Tuesday Night Marathon, Fall 2013, Round Nine

In the 9th and final round of tuesday night marathon, fall 2013 I won against Oleg Shakhnazarov (USCF rating 2187) who was solely leading the board with 7 out of 8.

Natalya won a seemingly lost middle game against Brendan La Counte and hence thanks to my victory against Oleg, became champion with 7.5 points out 9. Oleg and I are runners up with 7 out of 9. In 3rd board IM Eliott Winslow defeated Ivanov and hence he is one of the several in joint 4th position with 6.5 out of 9. 

I have been playing tuesday night marathon for more than a year now in Mechanics Chess Institute, San Francisco which just walking distance from my office. I never could be part of top 10 earlier. And now this time runners up! I am very happy with my performance although I believe I was very lucky last 3 rounds. For example, in this final round Oleg started a wild aggressive attack in the king side, being black and all his pieces undeveloped which was the result of a poor unorthodox opening. So as I defended coolly, he didn't have much chance the entire game except at the very end when I made a mistake and lost a piece that I was up, giving him practical drawing chances. However, due to time pressure, he couldn't afford the calculations needed and simply went to a same color bihsop end game to win back the piece he was down. That end game was a dead win for me and so I had no difficulty to win both by position and time. But last week in 8th round Russell Wong (USCF rating 2200) had a winning position being exchange up against me. However, he couldn't find the correct defence for the counter attack I got as a compensation, and hence he lost. In the seventh round Alex Steger (USCF rating 2041) gave me the break by blundering a piece in an equal position. Being a FIDE rated event, I believe now my FIDE rating will also increase. My USCF rating before this tournament was 1882 and after this is going to be 1990, a hoping 108 points added! The final standings of the tournament can be found here.

IM John Donaldson mentioned me in the 652nd newsletter of Mechanics Chess Institute while reporting on the final round - http://chessclub.org/news.php?n=652 . From this newsletter I came to know I have won $250 also from this tournament!

Now looking forward to the North American Open next week in Las Vegas where my son will also play along with a few other Bangladeshi chess players one of whom are coming from Dhaka.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ashik vs Milind Maiti, WYCC Fundraiser, Round 5


Ashik vs David Pan, WYCC Fundraiser, Round 4

I took a bye on Round 3 to attend Safwan's birthday. So I am straight here into Round 4 now.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ashik vs Zheyuan Fan, WYCC Fundraiser, Round 2

Date: 11/09/2013
White: Ashik Uzzaman (1904)
Black: Zheyuan Fan (2053)
Result: 0-1
Round: 2
Time Control: G/55 + 5 seconds delay
Board#19
Opening: Sicillian Grand Prix

Ashik vs Siddharth G Banik, WYCC Fundraiser, Round 1

Date: 11/09/2013
White: Siddharth G Banik (2158)
BlackAshik Uzzaman (1904)
Result: 1-0
Round: 1
Time Control: G/55 + 5 seconds delay
Board#18
Opening: Sicillian Dragon

Ashik vs Ram Nandula, National G/60 2013, Round 4

Date: 10/27/2013
White: Ashik Uzzaman (1923)
Black: Ram Adity Nandula (1849) 
Result: 1-0
Round: 4
Time Control: No clock
Board#16
Opening: French Defence

Ashik vs Arhant Katare, National G/60 2013, Round 3

Date: 10/27/2013
White: Arhant Katare (1943)
Black: Ashik Uzzaman (1923)
Result: 1-0
Round: 3
Time Control: G/60 + 5 seconds delay
Board#17
Opening: Sicillian Dragon

Ashik vs Eitetsu Potharam, National G/60 2013, Round 2

Date: 10/27/2013
White: Ashik Uzzaman (1923)
Black: Eitetsu Potharam (1694)
Result: 1-0
Round: 2
Time Control: G/60 + 5 seconds delay
Board#17
Opening: Sicillian Grand Prix


Ashik vs Sos Hakobyan, National G/60 2013, Santa Clara, Round 1


Ashik vs Peter Sherwood, Tuesday Night Marathon, Fall 2013, Round 4


Ashik vs Jerry Morgan, Tuesday Night Marathon, Fall 2013, Round 3



Saturday, November 9, 2013

Ashik vs Brendan LaCounte, National G/30, Santa Clara 2013, Round 5

National G/30, Santa Clara, CA
White: Brendan LaCounte (1921)
Black: Ashik Uzzaman (1923)
Time Control: G/30 + 5 sec delay
Date: 10/26/2013
Round: 5
Result: 1-0
Opening: Queen Pawn

Ashik vs Edward Li, National G/30 2013, Santa Clara, Round 4

National G/30, Santa Clara, CA
White: Edward Li (2055)
Black: Ashik Uzzaman (1923)
Time Control: G/30 + 5 sec delay
Date: 10/26/2013
Round: 4
Result: 1-0


Friday, November 8, 2013

Ashik vs Jeffers Jr George, National G/30, Santa Clara 2013, Round 3

National G/30, Santa Clara, CA
White: Ashik Uzzaman (1923)
Black: Jeffers Jr George (1992)
Time Control: G/30 + 5 sec delay
Date: 10/26/2013
Round: 3
Result: 1-0
Board: 13
Opening: Sicillian Grand Prix

Ashik vs Alexander Ivanov, National G/30, Santa Clara 2013, Round 2

National G/30, Santa Clara, CA
White: Alexander Ivanov (2103)
Black: Ashik Uzzaman (1923)
Time Control: G/30 + 5 sec delay
Date: 10/26/2013
Round: 2
Result: 1-0

Ashik vs Neel Apte, National G/30, Santa Clara 2013, Round 1

National G/30, Santa Clara, CA
White: Ashik Uzzaman (1923)
Black: Neel Apte (2172)
Time Control: G/30 + 5 sec delay
Date: 10/26/2013
Round: 1
Result: 0-1
Board: 11
Opening: Sicillian Grand Prix

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Ashik vs Eliott Winslow, Tuesday Night Marathon, Fall 2013, Round 2

Today I got my first win in a serious chess tournament against an international master1 I defeated Elliott Charles Winslow in a long battle at second round of Tuesday Night Marathon, Winter 2014, Mechanics Chess Institute, San Francisco.


I lost to him in the last cycle of Tuesday Night Marathon (Fall 2013) by making an early sacrifice without proper preparation. This time also made a temporary sacrifice to expose his King early in the game. While the material ended up being equal, his one rook stuck in the corner making his position difficult to defend.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Here I am writing from Mechanics Chess Institute just after having heard the reading of the new chess novel Lisa : A Chess Novel by Jesse Kraai




I came for the first round of the Tuesday Night Marathon of Winter 2013 in Mechanics as I am regular here. I took the chance to buy the book and get an autograph from the author GM Jesse Kraai himself. It tells about the world of chess, how we chess players feel about the game and life to the non chess players. I encourage you to read it whether you are a chess player or not.




Sunday, September 8, 2013

Took 3rd Place in Under 2000 Section of CalState Class Chess Championship 2013, Labor Day Weekend

I and Ahyan played CalState Class Chess Championship 2013 in Under 2000 (1800-1999) and Under 1000 (600-799) sections respectively. Ahyan's game was August 31st, 5 Round swiss. My games were Sept 1st and 2nd with 6 round swiss. Ahyan didn't do good this time ending up with 2 points out of 5 where 1 point is from bye, 1 from win in the last round and 3 losses.

I played well and became 3rd in the U2000 section getting $200 in the process as prize money. With this my post event tournament rating jumped from 1870 to 1924. Here is the final standings of all the sections and you have to scroll down a bit to find section A (1800-1999) result. In the open section IM Ricardo De Guzman won the trophy.

I didn't notice earlier but I see now that I have a FIDE rating of 1739 since last August 2013. So my next target will be to increase the rating and cross the 2000 barrier.

Here are my 6 games that I played in this Labor Day Weekend Tournament.

Ashik vs Vigne Varad Rajan, CalState Class Chmp, Labor Day 2013, Round 6


Ashik vs Vladimi Zaslavsky, CalState Class Chmp, Labor Day 2013, Round 5


Ashik vs Joanna Liu, CalState Class Chmp, Labor Day 2013, Round 4


Ashik vs Michael J Wang, CalState Class Chmp, Labor Day 2013, Round 3


Ashik v Jack Li, CalState Class Chmp, Labor Day 2013, Round 2


Ashik vs Arul Vishwanathan, ClaState Class Chmp, Labor Day 2013, Round 1


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ashik vs Hayk Manvelyan, Tuesday Night Marathon Summer 2013, Round 2


Ashik vs Dominick, Atlanta August G/45, Round 3


Ashik vs Kazim Gulam Ali, Atlanta August G/45, Round 2


Ashik vs Harrison, Atlanta August G/45, Round 1


Ashik vs Taylor, Peach State Chmp 2005, Round 5


Ashik vs Crusso, Peach State Chmp, Round 4


Ahik vs Vinyard Peach State Chmp 2005, Round 3


Ashik vs Wilis, Peach State Chmp 2005, Round 2


Ashik vs Moon, Peach State Chmp 2005, Round 1


Ashik vs Quilliam, Atlanta July G/45, Round 4


Ashik vs Unknown, Atlanta July G/45, Round 3


Ashik vs David Vest, Atlanta August G/45, Round 4


Ashik vs Uribe, Atlanta July G/45, Round 1


Ashik vs Francisco, Atlanta June G/45, Round 4


Ashik vs Shah Rahman, Atlanta June G/45, Round 3

Shah Bhai was my ohter regular practice player apart from Richard Pugh III those days!


Ashik vs Eugene, Atlanta June G/45, Round 2


Ashik vs Edler, Atlanta June G/45, Round 1


Ashik vs Haws, Atlanta June G/30, Round 3

My note says that I won the Under 1700 section prize of this 3 game tournament by winning this easy game.


Ashik vs Larry Johnson, Atlanta June G/30, Round 2


Ashik vs Coullivon, Atlanta June G/30, Round 1


Ashik vs Bryant, Alanta May G/60, Round 4


Ashik vs Benjamin Moon, Atlanta May G/60, Round 3


Ashik vs Shashank, Atlanta May G/60, Round 2


Ashik vs Chiang, Atlanta May G/60, Round 1


Ashik vs Richard Pugh, Friendly Online Game


Ashik vs Sanjay, Atlanta May G/45, Round 4


Ashik vs David Vest, Alanta May G/45, Round 3


Ashik vs Robert Chow, Atlanta May G/45, Round 2


Ashik vs William, Atlanta May G/45, Round 1

Somehow I missed writing the moves of this game after 5th move. My note says that I won with a good combination.


Ashik vs Silverman, Georgia State Chmp 2005, Round 5


Ashik vs Richard Pugh III, Georgia State Chmp, Round 4


Ashik vs Dusan, Georgia State Chmp 2005, Round 3

My note says, "Blunder of not looking one move mate by queen! Several other blunders done!"


Ashik vs Joseph Moon, Georgia State Chmp, Round 2


Ashik vs Lanct, Georgia State Chmp 2005, Round 1


Ashik vs Michael, Atlanta G/30, Round 3


Ashik vs Benjamin, Atlanta G/30, Round 2


Ashik vs Clay, Atlanta G/25, Round 1


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ashik vs Rodes, Atlanta April G/30, Round 3


Ashik vs Vest, Atlanta April G/30, Round 2


Ashik vs Brandon, Atlanta April G/30, Round 1


Ashik vs Dusan, Atlanta April Chmp, Round 4


Ashik vs Ard, Atlanta April Chmp, Round 3


Ashik vs Kokerov, Atlanta Apil Chmp, Round 2

My game note says : "I made at least 2 blunders and even then it could be a draw if there was no time pressure. I don't know why i could not make a queen promotion!"

Ashik vs Samiul, Atlanta April Chmp, Round 1

After many years of gap, I started playing chess again when I came back to Atlanta with Job. This was my first recorded game in usa. I may have played a few games earlier than this in atlanta chess center but may be not. So a win in this game is particularly satisfactory to me even though the quality of opposition was no good!

Ashik vs Rakonitz, Tuesday Night Marathon, Summer 2013, Round 1


Friday, July 26, 2013

Ashik vs Rahul, People's Tournament 2013, Round 5


Ashik vs Sos, People's Tournament 2013, Round 4


Ashik vs Hong, People's Tournament 2013, Round 3


Isaac Asimov on his failure at Chess

I am reading Isaac Asimov's autobiography I.Asimov: A Memoir with immense interest. In the first quarter of the book, I came into a short chapter called Chess. I can't resist myself but share it with you here -




Failure at physical sports has never bothered me...What bothered me, though, was my failure at chess. When I was quite young and had a checkerboard, but no chess pieces, I read books on the game and learned the various moves. I then cut out cardboard squares on which I drew the symbols for the various pieces, and tried to play games with myself. Eventually I managed to persuade my father to get me real chessmen. Then I taught my sister the moves and played the game with her. Both of us played very clumsily indeed. 

My brother, Stanley, who watched us play, learned the moves and, eventually, asked if he might play. Ever the indulgent older brother, I said, "Sure," and prepared to beat the pants off him. The trouble was that in the first game he ever played he beat me. 

In the years that followed, I discovered that everyone beat me, regardless of race, color, or religion. I was simply the most appallingly bad chess player who ever lived, and, as time went on, I just stopped playing chess. 

My failure at chess was really distressing. It seemed completely at odds with my "smartness," but I now know (or at least have been told) that great chess players achieve thier results by years and years of studying chess games, by the memorization of large numbers of complex "combinations." They don't see chess as a succession of moves but as a pattern. I know what that means, for I see an essay or a story as a pattern. 

But these talents are different. Kasparov sees a chess game as a pattern but an essay as a mere collection of words. I see an essay as a pattern and a chess game as a mere collection of moves. So he can play chess and I can write essays and not vice versa. 

That's not enough, however. I never thought of comparing myself to grand masters of chess. What bothered me was my inability to beat anyone! The conclusion that I finally came to (right or wrong) was that I was unwilling to study the chessboard and weigh the consequences of each possible move I might make. Even people who couldn't see complex patterns might at least penetrate two or three moves ahead, but not I. I moved entirely on impulse, if not at random, and could not make myself do anything else. That meant I would almost certainly lose. 

And again - why? To me, it seems obvious. I was spoiled by my ability to understand instantly, my ability to recall instantly. I expected to see things at once and I refused to accept a situation in which that was not possible. 1

 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Ashik vs Olson, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Summar 2013, Round 1

Ashik vs WFM Uyanga, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Spring 2013, Round 8

Ashik vs Sos, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Spring 2013, Round 7

Ashik vs Jayakrishnan, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Spring 2013, Round 6

Ashik vs Jayshen, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Spring 2013, Round 5

Ashik vs Sterr, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Spring 2013, Round 4

Ashik vs Julian, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Spring 2013, Round 3

Ashik vs Gardiner, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Spring 2013, Round 1

Ashik vs Carl, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Spring 2013, Round 2

Ashik vs Askin, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Winter 2013, Round 8

Ashik vs Matchen, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Round 7

Ashik vs Murugappan, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Winter 2013, Round 6

Ashik vs Ryaboy, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Winter 2013, Round 5

Ashik vs Niemann, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Winter 2013, Round 4

Ashik vs Nicholas, Tuesday Night Marathon, MIC, SFO, Winter 2013, Round 1

Ashik vs Barbara, Saturday Night Marathon, Milpitas, Winter 2013, Round 4

Ashik vs FM Cunningham, Saturday Night Marathon, Milpitas, Winter 2013, Round 1

Ashik vs Archit, Saturday Night Marathon, Milpitas, Winter 2013, Round 3

Ashik vs Anirudh, US Amatuer Team Champ 2013, Round 6

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ahyan Wins Quad#23 Group of CalNorth Youth Chess

Ahyan won another Quad in Weibel School arranged by CalNorth Youth Chess. He was in Quad#23 scoring 2 wins and a draw. As a reulst he got his third trophy.

Raisah and Zayaan also won their respective groups - Quad#10 and Quad #11

    



I was giving live commentary on top board of Quad#1.

Here are Ahyan's first and third games. The second game was a draw by repetition.



Monday, April 22, 2013

Ahyan Won His First Championship Trophy



Today Ahyan won his first championship trophy in his life. He won all the 3 games in the Bay Area Chess Quad in his group that was held in Milpitas, CA at 20th April 2013. His opponents were rated 509, 414 and 715 respectively. Here is the first game that he wrote the chess notation while playing, so I could capture after the game.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chess Score Pad for iPad/iPhone

I was going to buy Monroi Personal Chess Manager for my son last week but came into the following iPad app for Chess notation recording.

Chess Score Pad - http://chessscorepad.com/

I purchased and I must say I liked it very much.

This iPad/iPhone app is submitted for USCF certification but not FIDE because  FIDE has a rule that won't allow any electronic device that is multi-purpose and is not dedicated to chess move recording only. So if you are playing FIDE tournaments, Monroi is your only option as an electronic device (of course there is always the old classical pen and paper).

If cheating is a concern, here is how they tried to reduce the chance of it -

Designed for tournaments

  • Games cannot started unless Airplane Mode is turned on.
  • Once you begin to enter moves you must enter the results of the game before you exit, or the game will be marked "Abandoned" and locked from further editing.
  • Once the results have been entered, you cannot edit the moves or the results using Chess Score Pad. You can edit and annotate the game after you email the PGN to your PGN database.
  • There are no options to check for illegal moves or positions.
  • Should be used in tournaments with iOS 6 "Guided Access" as described in "Device Settings For Tournament Play"
However, if you want to cheat you don't need a device, it can be done in so many other manual ways as long as you are allowed to go to restroom or stroll outside / walk during your game. The concern is not invalid but I believe the advantage is lot higher than this small concern.

What are the advantages? Let me tell my ones and you can add or update those -
  1. All my games are available within a finger tip. The classical score sheet diary approach serves well but once oyu play several years and you have several diaries, it's ime consuming to find / search the exact games for a quick recollection. To get rid of it, I have been posting all my games again in my online chess blog so that I don't have to search diaries. Also think of loosing a diary while even if you loose the iPad, you can always have all your games backed up somewhere in an online drive. I must say Monroi will give you the same advatnage here.
  2. Using as less of staffs for all chess purposes  as possible. If I buy Monroi, I still have to buy a chess engine (Fritz in PC) or use a free one (Stockfish in ipad). So at times I have to carry 2 devices while if I can do everything in my iPad, I just carry one device. So I get rid of carrying a diary or a Monroi in addition to my iPad.
  3. Emailing my games. How convenient it is! My friends tell me, please post your today's game in your chess blog so that I can check tonight how did you play. And almost all the times, I dont get time to post on time. In those cases, I just email my game to that friend who is interested, instantly from Chess Scorepad iPad app. Does Monroi allow me to send the PGN to an arbitrary email address? I guess it can, but I would look forward to some of you for confirmation.
  4. Cheap price. While the casual version (less restriction as you are not playing in tournament condition) is $7 while the tournament edition is $12. It's a one time purchase and hence is cheaper than chess diary approach (which is let's say $12 per diary). It's definitely lot cheaper than $369 of Monroi.
  5. Interface. How wonderful the interface is compared to the black and what type look and feel of Monroi! My son, who is 6 years old, has not been writing down the moves in chess diary just because he gets too excited once the game starts and forgets writing down moves after first few moves. It would take him soime time to get used to using Monroi (may be first few games in tournament condition, not a big deal). But he was instantly able to record a game that I played with him at home in "tournament condition".
I can ssure you after using it myself, it's just a matter of time that people will start using it more and we will see it happening in many USCF tournaments. If not this app. some other app will make it to get USCF approval. Just like many of us read the real paper book instead of Kindle ebook, eventually Kindle ebook sell surpassed Amazon's paper book sell. Same will be here. On popular demand, tablet app will get established in the chess score taking notation although will not be a majority for a very long time to come. The convenience is too much to ignore!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ashik vs Baluran, North American Open, Las Vegas, Round 3

North american open, las vegas, 2012
Date: 12/27/2012
Board# 98
Round# 3
Result: 0.5-0.5
White: alejandrino baluran (2052)
Black: ashik uzzaman (1959)

Ashik vs Charles, Super Swiss G/60, Round 2

Super Swiss at Plesanton Hilton
Section 1700+, G/60
Round#2
Result: 0-1
Date: 08/20/2011
White: Ashik Uzzaman (1808)
Black: Charles Tang (1690)

Ashik vs Banik, US Natl G/60, Round 1

US National G/60, Santa Clara Hyatt
Round#1 Date: 10/01/2011
White: Ashik Uzzaman (1821)
Black: Siddath G Banik (1901)
Result: 0-1

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Zia and Liza of Bangladesh wins Asian Zonal for Zone 3.2

Another great news for Bangladesh Chess!

Zia and Liza of Bangladesh wins Asian Zonal for Zone 3.2 in men's and women's sections respectively. Congratulations to both of them.

http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2013/02/zia-and-liza-of-bangladesh-wins-asian.html

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Anand's Mind Blowing Win Against Aronian

Anand played an mind blowing game today to win with Black against Levon Aronian and the join the leader board in Tata Steel Chess Tournament Round#4. Anand finds the idea of the game has similarity with the Rubinstein's immortal game against Rotlevy - http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1119679
Also have a look at the following Chessbase article - http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=8788