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Ziaur Rahman
Number of games in database: 809
Years covered: 1986 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2496 (2504 rapid, 2495 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570
Overall record: +350 -213 =246 (58.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 English (59) 
    A15 A13 A10 A14 A17
 Queen's Pawn Game (53) 
    A45 E00 A41 D02 A40
 King's Indian (43) 
    E90 E97 E92 E94 E68
 Slav (35) 
    D11 D12 D18 D19 D17
 Reti System (32) 
    A04 A06
 English, 1 c4 e5 (28) 
    A20 A21 A25 A29 A22
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (98) 
    B47 B22 B48 B31 B30
 Queen's Pawn Game (60) 
    A40 A41 D02 D00
 Robatsch (55) 
 Sicilian Taimanov (36) 
    B47 B48 B46 B49
 French Defense (34) 
    C02 C06 C11 C00 C05
 Queen's Gambit Declined (27) 
    D31 D30 D38 D06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S N Ahmed vs Z Rahman, 2006 0-1
   Z Rahman vs Gelfand, 2013 1/2-1/2
   B Lalith vs Z Rahman, 2009 0-1
   Z Rahman vs R Sureshkumar, 1992 1-0
   M Wadsworth vs Z Rahman, 2014 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   32nd World Open (2004)
   6th United Insurance (2003)
   Bangladesh Championship (2007)
   Bangladesh Championship (2006)
   Commonwealth Championship (2008)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2013)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   London Chess Classic (2013)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Asian Chess Championship (2005)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)

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(born May-01-1974, 40 years old) Bangladesh

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Ziaur Rahman was awarded the IM title in 1993 and the GM title in 2002, the second Bangladeshi to receive the higher title.


<National> He was Bangladesh champion fourteen times, in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2014!

<World> Rahman played in the World Chess Cup (2007) and was beaten in a hard fought 2-game mini-match in the first round by Russian Super GM Jakovenko. 4 years later he qualified for the World Cup (2011) by winning the South Asian Zonal 3.2, but lost to French super-GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the first round. In 2013, he again won the South Asian Zonal 3.2, qualifying for the World Cup (2013) where he will lost to Israeli super-GM Boris Gelfand in the first round.


Rahman represented Bangladesh at the Olympiad 13 times from 1986 until 2014, missing only 1990 and 2010.


In October 2012, he won the Nagpur International Open.


Wikipedia article: Ziaur Rahman %28chess player%29 Photo:

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 809  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Z Rahman vs S Christopher  1-035 1986 Lloyds Bank opC56 Two Knights
2. Z Rahman vs A J Love  0-135 1986 Dubai ol (Men)B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
3. Z Rahman vs J C Hawksworth  0-135 1986 BCF-chB44 Sicilian
4. Z Rahman vs O Tonsingh  1-046 1986 Dubai ol (Men)B33 Sicilian
5. M P Townsend vs Z Rahman  ½-½35 1986 BCF-chC19 French, Winawer, Advance
6. Z Rahman vs P Varley  1-018 1986 BCF-chC54 Giuoco Piano
7. A Pyhala vs Z Rahman  ½-½51 1986 Dubai ol (Men)C02 French, Advance
8. A D Martin vs Z Rahman  1-024 1986 BCF-chE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
9. J Schammo vs Z Rahman  ½-½27 1986 Dubai ol (Men)C17 French, Winawer, Advance
10. Z Rahman vs R Ravisekhar  0-129 1986 BCF-chB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
11. M Lyell vs Z Rahman  1-064 1986 BCF-chC02 French, Advance
12. Z Rahman vs V Kalinin ½-½47 1986 Dubai ol (Men)C17 French, Winawer, Advance
13. Z Rahman vs J M Hodgson  1-028 1986 BCF-chB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
14. Z Rahman vs R Stone  0-159 1986 Dubai ol (Men)B44 Sicilian
15. Z Rahman vs V Ravikumar  0-157 1986 BCF-chB83 Sicilian
16. Malek Bukhari vs Z Rahman  ½-½29 1986 Dubai ol (Men)D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. S Le Blancq vs Z Rahman  0-141 1986 BCF-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. I Hamadto vs Z Rahman  0-140 1986 Dubai ol (Men)C00 French Defense
19. A E Moussa vs Z Rahman  ½-½64 1986 Dubai ol (Men)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. S J Roe vs Z Rahman  1-032 1986 BCF-chD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Z Rahman vs H Urday  ½-½45 1986 Dubai ol (Men)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
22. Z Rahman vs S Bell 0-130 1986 BCF-chC41 Philidor Defense
23. Xu Jun vs Z Rahman  1-052 1987 SIN ASI chTD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Z Rahman vs H Ardiansyah  1-027 1987 Asia-chTB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. R G Hegde vs Z Rahman  0-125 1987 Asia-chTB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 809  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-14-05  arifattar: Who is he?
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  jahhaj: A quick search on google shows he's a Bangladeshi GM, the second from that country to get the GM title.

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  Honza Cervenka: Today I have sent some of his missing games to They will be soon in the database.
Feb-23-05  fasting: here this guy gets beaten by a 13 year old girl:
D Harika vs Z Rahman, 2004
Jan-24-06  nasmichael: Age doesn't matter in chess. Only insight and experience matter. Vision and will do not come with age, or all GMs would be old when they attain the title. Kids would not have a chance if age made any difference, that is to say, if the older the player, the better the play. And the sex of the opponent doesn't make it better or worse. Now, if the quality of play was poor, then comments might be qualified.
Jan-24-06  nasmichael: Now the game itself was interesting, and it looks like the controller of the black pieces made a misstep in the end of the game. I have not seen a game with the pawn tension exhibited in this game, but I would enjoy watching a game like this live.
Jan-24-06  BIDMONFA: Ziaur Rahman


Jan-24-06  killjoy: Ha! How horrible of you to say age matters not in Chess! Certainly it does, I say! Think of all those horrible hours you put into its study, who else but a child posssessses such free time? I say, how horribly wrong it is to ruin your child's hood with so much chess that this horrible wretch may embarrass Rahman. What horrible reward to earn in place of the pleasant hours she might have spent in the sun, with her friends, in the jumping of rope and hopping of the scotch in the schoolyard!!! Ha!
Sep-22-06  s.ahmed: hai bangali,
eto obohela !
Jun-12-07  dx9293: A couple of years ago he spent some time playing in New York city at the Marshall Chess Club when I was a manager there. A quiet, nice guy.
Nov-22-07  s.ahmed: Zia is one of the leading GM of BANGLADESH,participating at upcoming "World Chess Cup (2007)" accompanied with "Enamul Hossain" As far I know,he is suffering in typhoid for last one week.We hope it may not effect on his form. Good luck ZIA.
Go ahead.
শুভ কামনা !
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  whiteshark: From Wiki: " Ziaur Rahman (Bengali: জিয়াউর রহমান) (<born 1974>) is a chess player from Bangladesh and the second GM of the country after Niaz Murshed.

He graduated from Government Laboratory High School & University of Dhaka. ...
Rahman earned the International Master (IM) title in 1993 and the GM title in 2002.

His playing style is solid positional."


Olimpbase: Interview:

Nov-20-08  Eban: Ziaur Rahman drew with Magnus Carlsen and they drew with the powerhouse Norway team 2:2

a historic day for Bangladeshi chess!!!

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  Interbond: I think Rahman made a clever choice of opening today. It's not often Carlsen meets a Trompowsky!
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  Tabanus: Winner of the CJKS MH Chow Ltd Tournament 23-29 July 2009:

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  Tabanus: And winner of the Mercantile Bank 35th National Chess Championship 29 June 12 July 2009,

Bangladesh champion 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009!

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  Tabanus: The Chennai Open (India) 2010 ended today. GM Rahman came in 2nd place:

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  wordfunph: GM Ziaur Rahman to work with Malaysians..

Nov-15-10  rjsolcruz: Friday February 26, 2010
The Star
Resident Grandmaster

Chess development in the country will be given a boost with the arrival of Bangladeshi grandmaster Ziaur Rahman.

THERE are a number of interesting chess activities coming up in the next two or three weeks.

First up is the news that we shall have Bangladeshi grandmaster Ziaur Rahman stationed here in Malaysia for the next one year. Ziaur is Bangladesh’s second grandmaster and the leading player in his country at present. He is expected to arrive on our shores sometime next week and will be based at the Datuk Arthur Tan Chess Centre (DATCC) in Kuala Lumpur.

Why would we need a foreign grandmaster here in Malaysia? Well, it is to boost chess development in the country. We need someone who is experienced enough to be a catalyst to raise our game. Ziaur happened to be available and he was interested in the challenge.

Bangladeshi grandmaster Ziaur Rahman will be based in Malaysia for a year. Moreover, he comes with good credentials. He is an active player in the regional chess circuit so he’s not one to rest on his laurels. He led Bangladesh at the Asian team chess championship in Kolkata last December, took part in an international chess event in Delhi in January, and made an impressive second-place finish in the Chennai open chess tournament this month.

Ziaur’s international rating of 2548 is high enough to suit Malaysia’s needs. We don’t need a super-GM here but we do need a professional who is strong enough to impart his knowledge and experience to our players.

Ziaur is a trainer at the Garry Kasparov School of Chess in Bangladesh and was the coach of the Bangladesh national women’s chess team. He has trained many junior players in his homeland and neighbouring India, and counts Sayantan Das, the current under-12 world chess champion who recently secured his first international master norm, as a notable student.

A comprehensive programme has been prepared to make full use of him during his time here. There will be various events and tournaments featuring Ziaur as the main man, with seminars and classes, including trips to reach out to all corners of the country.

Some of the activities planned will be individual chess sessions for serious players who want to improve their skill and understanding of the game, and group classes covering topics such as preparations for tournaments, opening, middle game and endgame techniques.

He’ll be giving chess seminars and training to suit all manner of chess enthusiasts, including parents, supporters, officials and organisers.

Nov-15-10  rjsolcruz: Rahman's Output:

Jakarta, Indonesia
November 2010

Final Ranking after 6 Rounds
Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Yeoh Li Tian MAS 2122 6,0 20,5 20,50 21,0
2 Ikhsan Siregar (INA 2) INA 0 4,5 23,0 15,00 17,5
3 Le Nguyen Khoi Nguyen VIE 1752 4,5 19,5 14,00 14,5 4 Samantila, Daryl Unix R. PHI 0 4,0 25,5 15,50 16,0 5 Andika Yogi setiawan (INA1) INA 0 4,0 19,0 10,50 13,0 6 Rozie Adam (INA 3) INA 0 4,0 18,5 11,25 13,0
7 M. Firmansyah P.B (INA 3) INA 0 3,5 22,5 11,00 14,0 8 Nguyen Huynh Tuan Hai VIE 1788 3,5 19,5 8,50 11,5
9 CM Lim De Li Derek SIN 1876 3,5 19,0 7,75 13,0
10 FM Nguyen Anh Khoi VIE 1980 3,0 18,5 7,50 11,0
11 Yoseph Theolifus Taher (INA 1) INA 0 3,0 18,0 8,25 11,5 12 Ow Jun Wai Ryan SIN 1669 3,0 18,0 7,00 12,0
13 Muhammad Faizal bin Roslan MAS 0 3,0 16,0 7,00 9,0 14 Novendra Priasmoro (INA 3) INA 0 2,5 20,0 7,25 10,0 15 Harleiff bin Haniff MAS 0 2,5 18,0 4,00 11,0
16 Constantius Leonardo (INA 2) INA 0 2,5 16,0 5,00 8,5 17 Pangilinan, Stephen Rome E PHI 0 2,5 16,0 4,25 8,5 18 M. Yazid Pratama Al Banjari(INA1 INA 0 2,5 16,0 2,75 7,5 19 Tromphin Sitorus (INA 2) INA 0 2,5 15,5 4,25 6,5
20 Yick Oliver Benjamin SIN 1573 2,5 15,0 3,75 6,0
21 Sol Cruz, Raul M. PHI 0 2,0 18,0 6,00 9,0
22 Muhammad Syahmi Izzan bin Rosman BRU 0 1,5 14,0 0,75 3,5 23 Muhammad Nabil Fadhlillah bin Sa BRU 0 1,5 13,0 0,75 4,5 24 Syahmi Bahri bin Badarudin BRU 0 0,0 13,0 0,00 0,0

Jul-31-13  GumboGambit: Since hes from Bangladesh, i wonder if there is significance to his reluctance of playing Indian defenses. He often plays 1 e6 against 1 d4.
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  Abdel Irada: <GumboGambit: Since hes from Bangladesh, i wonder if there is significance to his reluctance of playing Indian defenses. He often plays 1 e6 against 1 d4.>

This is, of course, strictly sub rosa, but since 1992, when cricket rivalry-engendered tensions between India and Bangladesh peaked and war was narrowly averted, a secret treaty has forbidden Bangladeshi players from using any Indian defense, while Indian players are prohibited from playing the Bangladeshi Defense.

Now there are new tensions, however, since Bangladesh recalled that there *is* no Bangladeshi Defense and realized it had been hoodwinked.

Meanwhile, however, players are still bound by the treaty.

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