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Ziaur Rahman
Number of games in database: 835
Years covered: 1986 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2526 (2515 rapid, 2507 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +362 -218 =253 (58.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (69) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A17
 Queen's Pawn Game (60) 
    A45 E00 D02 A41 A40
 King's Indian (43) 
    E90 E97 E92 E94 E60
 Slav (35) 
    D11 D12 D17 D18 D19
 Reti System (34) 
    A04 A06
 English, 1 c4 e5 (28) 
    A20 A21 A25 A29 A28
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (101) 
    B47 B22 B48 B32 B30
 Queen's Pawn Game (60) 
    A40 A41 D02 D00
 Robatsch (55) 
 Sicilian Taimanov (36) 
    B47 B48 B46 B49
 French Defense (34) 
    C02 C06 C00 C11 C05
 Queen's Gambit Declined (29) 
    D31 D30 D38 D06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S N Ahmed vs Z Rahman, 2006 0-1
   M Wadsworth vs Z Rahman, 2014 0-1
   O Aharon vs Z Rahman, 2014 0-1
   Z Rahman vs Gelfand, 2013 1/2-1/2
   B Lalith vs Z Rahman, 2009 0-1
   Z Rahman vs S Siyuan, 2007 1-0
   Z Rahman vs R Sureshkumar, 1992 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   6th United Insurance (2003)
   32nd World Open (2004)
   Bangladesh Championship (2006)
   Bangladesh Championship (2007)
   Commonwealth Championship (2008)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2013)
   London Chess Classic (2013)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Asian Chess Championship (2005)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

   S M Rahman vs Z Rahman (Nov-22-16) 0-1
   Z Rahman vs H S Ikramul (Nov-21-16) 1-0
   Z Rahman vs S Abu Sufian (Nov-19-16) 1-0
   T Rahman vs Z Rahman (Nov-18-16) 1/2-1/2
   J Mohammad vs Z Rahman (Nov-16-16) 0-1

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(born May-01-1974, 43 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 lost to Israeli super-GM Boris Gelfand in the first round. In March 2015, he won South Asian Zonal for a third time to qualify for the World Cup (2015), where he lost his first round match against Evgeny Tomashevsky in the rapid game tiebreaker.


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 34; games 1-25 of 835  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Z Rahman vs S Christopher  1-035 1986 Lloyds Bank opC56 Two Knights
2. S Le Blancq vs Z Rahman  0-141 1986 BCF-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Z Rahman vs S Bell 0-130 1986 BCF-chC41 Philidor Defense
4. M P Townsend vs Z Rahman  ½-½35 1986 BCF-chC19 French, Winawer, Advance
5. Z Rahman vs R Ravisekhar  0-129 1986 BCF-chB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
6. S J Roe vs Z Rahman  1-032 1986 BCF-chD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Z Rahman vs J C Hawksworth  0-135 1986 BCF-chB44 Sicilian
8. A D Martin vs Z Rahman  1-024 1986 BCF-chE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
9. Z Rahman vs P Varley  1-018 1986 BCF-chC54 Giuoco Piano
10. Z Rahman vs J M Hodgson  1-028 1986 BCF-chB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
11. M Lyell vs Z Rahman  1-064 1986 BCF-chC02 French, Advance
12. Z Rahman vs V Ravikumar  0-157 1986 BCF-chB83 Sicilian
13. I Hamadto vs Z Rahman  0-140 1986 Chess OlympiadC00 French Defense
14. Z Rahman vs R Stone  0-159 1986 Chess OlympiadB44 Sicilian
15. J Schammo vs Z Rahman  ½-½27 1986 Chess OlympiadC17 French, Winawer, Advance
16. Z Rahman vs O Tonsingh  1-046 1986 Chess OlympiadB33 Sicilian
17. Z Rahman vs H Urday  ½-½45 1986 Chess OlympiadB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. Malek Bukhari vs Z Rahman  ½-½29 1986 Chess OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Z Rahman vs V Kalinin ½-½47 1986 Chess OlympiadC17 French, Winawer, Advance
20. A Pyhala vs Z Rahman  ½-½51 1986 Chess OlympiadC02 French, Advance
21. Z Rahman vs A J Love  0-135 1986 Chess OlympiadB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
22. A E Moussa vs Z Rahman  ½-½64 1986 Chess OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Z Rahman vs R Ye  0-135 1987 Asia-chTA06 Reti Opening
24. R Gunawan vs Z Rahman  1-042 1987 Asia-chTA58 Benko Gambit
25. Z Rahman vs A Aludary  ½-½25 1987 Asia-chTD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 835  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-14-05  arifattar: Who is he?
Jan-14-05  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
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  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.
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  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!!!

Nov-20-08  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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  TheFocus: This guy is either a noodle seller or a cheerleader.
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