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Rashid Agiliaevich Ziatdinov
Number of games in database: 134
Years covered: 1983 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2213 (2380 rapid, 2220 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2515

Overall record: +53 -49 =30 (51.5%)*
   * 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:
 Sicilian (34) 
    B32 B95 B62 B42 B67
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (10) 
    B62 B64 B67 B65 B69
 French Defense (9) 
    C11 C10 C19 C01 C05
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C92 C60 C85 C77 C66
 Sicilian Najdorf (7) 
    B95 B98 B96 B94
 French (6) 
    C11 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C96 C78 C77 C75 C73
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D37 D35 D30
 Orthodox Defense (9) 
    D63 D62 D61 D55 D53
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (6) 
    C96 C95 C85 C91
 Catalan (5) 
    E06 E08 E04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R A Ziatdinov vs V M Mikhalevski, 2005 1/2-1/2
   R A Ziatdinov vs M Pinto, 1999 1-0
   R A Ziatdinov vs Blatny, 2003 1/2-1/2
   R A Ziatdinov vs Savon, 1985 1-0
   Caruana vs R A Ziatdinov, 2003 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Open: Open Section (2003)
   E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005)
   St. Petersburg Open (2003)

   🏆 Kolkata Open
   R A Ziatdinov vs S D Swapnil (May-15-18) 1/2-1/2
   Ghosh Diptayan vs R A Ziatdinov (May-30-17) 1-0
   V Rasulov vs R A Ziatdinov (May-03-17) 0-1
   A Klyuev vs R A Ziatdinov (Jul-10-14) 1-0
   R A Ziatdinov vs A Gabrielian (Jul-09-14) 0-1

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(born Dec-27-1958, 61 years old) Uzbekistan (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Rashid (Raset) Ziatdinov is a GM. Champion of Uzbekistan in 1983.

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 134  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dolmatov vs R A Ziatdinov  0-145198316th Soviet Team-ch qual group 2C59 Two Knights
2. R A Ziatdinov vs Tseshkovsky  0-146198316th Soviet Team-ch final BB06 Robatsch
3. R A Ziatdinov vs Savon  1-0271985TashkentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. Vyzmanavin vs R A Ziatdinov 1-0361985Tashkent (Uzbekistan)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. R A Ziatdinov vs Yurtaev  ½-½151986Agzamov MemorialE77 King's Indian
6. Barsov vs R A Ziatdinov  0-1351986Agzamov MemorialD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Yermolinsky vs R A Ziatdinov  ½-½531986Agzamov MemorialD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. E Vladimirov vs R A Ziatdinov  ½-½441987Tashkent Hodzhaev memD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. R A Ziatdinov vs Barsov  ½-½481987Tashkent Hodzhaev memC19 French, Winawer, Advance
10. R A Ziatdinov vs Tseshkovsky  1-0341987Tashkent Hodzhaev memB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
11. G Timoshchenko vs R A Ziatdinov  1-0581987Tashkent Hodzhaev memD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
12. Khalifman vs R A Ziatdinov  1-0361987Agzamov MemorialC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. R A Ziatdinov vs V A Loginov  0-1331987Agzamov MemorialB42 Sicilian, Kan
14. R A Ziatdinov vs Tseshkovsky  0-1531987Agzamov MemorialC78 Ruy Lopez
15. R A Ziatdinov vs Yermolinsky  ½-½341987Agzamov MemorialB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. G Timoshchenko vs R A Ziatdinov  1-0831987Agzamov MemorialD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. R A Ziatdinov vs E Vladimirov  0-1231987Agzamov MemorialB01 Scandinavian
18. Chekhov vs R A Ziatdinov  0-1361989Belgrade opD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. S Vratonjic vs R A Ziatdinov  ½-½591989BelgradeC55 Two Knights Defense
20. Murey vs R A Ziatdinov  0-1511990AntwerpC78 Ruy Lopez
21. Velimirovic vs R A Ziatdinov  ½-½371990Kusadasi opC44 King's Pawn Game
22. Miles vs R A Ziatdinov  0-1501990Kusadasi opA14 English
23. R A Ziatdinov vs Glek  1-0401990Kusadasi opC11 French
24. Garcia vs R A Ziatdinov  1-0471991LeidenD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
25. Adams vs R A Ziatdinov  1-0731991Dublin TelecomC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
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  Sneaky: From ICC, I was making smalltalk with Ziatdinov and he offered to play me a five minute game. I felt good out of the opening but my attack quickly fell to pieces and once I was on the defense I knew it was just a matter of time.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Qc2 c5 7. dxc5 dxc4 8. Bxc4 Qa5 9. Ne2 Qxc5 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. Bd3 g6 12. Ne4 Qb4+ 13. N2c3 Bg7 14. a3 Qe7

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See what I mean? I have 3 minor pieces well placed, my queen is not exposed, and if I simply play O-O my rooks will be connected and ready to start doubling.

I really don't have much to worry about in this position. Instead I decide to go looney with 15.h4?! hoping to whip up some sort of amazing IM-slaughtering attack.

15. h4 Nc6 16. h5 f5!

This is the kind of coolheaded defensive move which sets apart excellent players from, well, you know, from me. However scary the attack might have looked a few moves ago, it certainly isn't very scary for Black any more:

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All of my forces are lined up on that c2-h7 diagonal and they are chewing on granite. My knight wants to go to g5 but without support, it is forced to go backwards. And my knight HATE to go backwards.

17. hxg6

I tried to be sneaky, hoping that he might get greedy and take the hanging knight, where I really might have compensation. But no, he's not the greedy type.

...hxg6 18. Nd2 Ne5 19. Be2 Bd7 20. Rc1 (g4 was an idea) Rac8 21. Qd1 Bc6 22. Nf3 Rfd8 23. Qb3 Bd5 24. Qb5 Bc4 25. Bxc4 Nxc4 26. Nd4 Bxd4 27.exd4 Rxd4 28. b3 Qxa3 29. Ne2 Re4 30. Rxc4 Qa1+ 31. Kd2 Rd8+ 32. Kc2 Rxe2

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I went to type in "resign" but realized that I could not resign--for the game was already over!

The first thing Rashid said once I was mated was "h4 was suicide!" I responded, "Yes it's a little cheeky but I can beat even experts with moves like that." He responded, "You can beat experts with good moves too!"

Jan-08-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <The first thing Rashid said once I was mated was "h4 was suicide!" I responded, "Yes it's a little cheeky but I can beat even experts with moves like that." He responded, "You can beat experts with good moves too!">

LOL, this Ziatdinov guy has got class! Great kibitzing by the way, <Sneaky>. Your game was amusing to watch.

Feb-11-07  Caissanist: This player's name is represented a number of different ways in the English alphabet. On FIDE's site he's listed as "Raset Ziatdinov", while his books are published under the name "Rashid Ziyatdinov".
Feb-11-07  Caissanist: Game Collection: GM RAM Game Selection collects most of the games included in his book "GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Chess Knowledge".

Feb-20-07  ExitOnly: Has anybody seriously studied "GM RAM", and if so, what did you think? His logic of his general study plan has a flaw that I see in other arguments. Simply because a grandmaster has memorized about 150 games does not mean that memorizing this many games will make you a grandmaster.
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  pazzed paun: <ExitOnly> I agree with you! I want to know of anyone who has worked R's program. ,I can not find a website for R. however the book credits NM peter Dyson as a co-author perhaps that could be a way to find out more.

Lifemaster A J Golby says he noticed some experts who seem stalled at that rating a long time but then progressed to master after memorizing about a dozen games.

Jun-25-07  micartouse: I just received my copy of <GM-RAM> in the mail and I'm excited. I'm looking forward to working through the problems. I've been studying endgames heavily, so I expect at least half of them to be at least a little familiar.

The diagrammed middlegame positions look very intimidating once you hold the book in your hand! :( I doubt I'll be able to study them all, but even if I can master 5 or 10 of them I'll be pleased.

I think the notion of memorizing 59 games being sufficient to achieve mastery is silly. I have at times had many more games in my memory (over 70 at one time) and I'm a total patzer. I think it's more about understanding the games thoroughly, the side variations, and knowing the typical ideas that come up more than once.

Anyway, I'm onto my next gimmick before I finally give up chess. At any rate, this seems less scary than <Pawn Structure Chess> which I thought I could handle but is way too much material for me to digest.

Jun-25-07  MaxxLange: the middlegame positions come from the games
Jun-25-07  micartouse: <the middlegame positions come from the games> It's weird. A lot of the positions I just know what move is expected because I've seen the game. I say, "Oh, Lasker played f5 there and got a knight outpost," but I can't see how that helps at all in real games. I've never used that type of info in a game even though I can play his win over Capa by heart. So I'm going to try to approach the positions from a few different angles other than rote memorization; that's never helped me in the past. If I like doing it, I'll probably do it with different positions that seem more practical.

Really, what good is knowing the combo from the Evergreen Game other than for fun? I'm skeptical at first I guess.

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  pazzed paun: <micartouse> I think it still comes down to does the method work and how do you prove it.?
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

<[Kasparov] is able to set up 5 or 6 "puzzles" in every game for his opponent, and his opponent will have 5-6 "choices" to make mistakes. If his opponent solves all of those problems, finally he will be lost in the end, because he will be exhausted and a simple "stupid" blunder will be blamed for that.>

-- Ziatdinov

Oct-20-11  BIDMONFA: Rashid Ziatdinov


May-23-12  dakgootje: So he states everyone can become 2500+ by memorizing those.. 256 or so games.

But he is currently rated 2370 himself.

Seems like a bit of a discrepancy.

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  WannaBe: <dakgootje> Not at all, he's only got 200 memorized... It is a work in progress.

Heck, I got 0 memorized, and I am already at 1200. =))

May-25-12  dakgootje: Interesting! So the method has been proven!

I shall reach a rating of 4000 by memorizing a thousand games :)

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  SteinitzLives: The number of patterns one must memorize to become a top player differs based on who the chess author is.

For a while it was 300, then 600, then 6,000. But don't worry, some you have memorized positions without being aware of it, oh that's good, now I can just wait to discover when that becormes useful.

Memorization without understanding is not a real good idea. Understanding without memorization is a little bit better, but you really need both, for each position. I think it should be: Understand first, Memorize second.

How many GMs under the age of 70 do you know that are rated under 2400?

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  redlance: Has he come back to the states?
Oct-12-13  smurph: You need to read Ziatdinov carefully.does what you mean by memorising a game match what he means? Well if you can recall the moves the GMs rejected during the game and the moves that are under the surface as easy as you recall your name then I guess you do.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to the POTD: GM Rashid Ziatdinov.
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  redlance: Happy Birthday!!!
Mar-20-15  zanzibar: On his website he links to ChessTempo for his games. <CT> gives his name as

<Raset Ziatdinov>

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  redlance: Happy Birthday!!!

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