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Ziaur Rahman
Z Rahman 
Number of games in database: 1,225
Years covered: 1980 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2415 (2533 rapid, 2473 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +547 -285 =385 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 8 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (119) 
    A45 D02 D00 A41 A46
 English (107) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A12
 King's Indian (51) 
    E90 E97 E92 E94 E60
 Slav (48) 
    D11 D12 D19 D18 D17
 Reti System (45) 
    A04 A06 A05
 King's Indian Attack (40) 
    A07 A08
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (131) 
    B47 B32 B48 B22 B30
 Robatsch (78) 
 English (57) 
    A10 A13 A14 A15 A17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (55) 
    D31 D30 D38 D06 D37
 Queen's Pawn Game (54) 
    A41 A40 D02 D00 D04
 Sicilian Taimanov (46) 
    B47 B48 B46 B49
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Ahmed vs Z Rahman, 2006 0-1
   M Wadsworth vs Z Rahman, 2014 0-1
   O Aharon vs Z Rahman, 2014 0-1
   B Lalith vs Z Rahman, 2009 0-1
   Z Rahman vs Gelfand, 2013 1/2-1/2
   Z Rahman vs S Siyuan, 2007 1-0
   Korchnoi vs Z Rahman, 2004 1/2-1/2
   Z Rahman vs R Sureshkumar, 1992 1-0
   M Turpanov vs Z Rahman, 2003 0-1
   R Antonio vs Z Rahman, 1992 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   6th United Insurance (2003)
   Goodricke op 3rd (1992)
   British Championship (1999)
   Bangladesh Championship (2007)
   Bangladesh Championship (2006)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Commonwealth Championship (2008)
   Hastings 2013/14 (2013)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)

   🏆 Chennai Olympiad
   Novendra Priasmoro vs Z Rahman (Aug-09-22) 0-1
   Z Rahman vs Prin Laohawirapap (Aug-08-22) 1-0
   Z Rahman vs Stefansson (Aug-07-22) 1/2-1/2
   N Croad vs Z Rahman (Aug-06-22) 1/2-1/2
   T Hillarp Persson vs Z Rahman (Aug-05-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born May-01-1974, 48 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 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 (chess player)


Last updated: 2021-12-11 22:37:09

 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,229  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Z Rahman vs M Ghubash  ½-½391980Valletta OlympiadB27 Sicilian
2. A D Martin vs Z Rahman  1-0241986British ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
3. Z Rahman vs R Ravisekhar  0-1291986British ChampionshipB72 Sicilian, Dragon
4. M P Townsend vs Z Rahman  ½-½351986British ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
5. Z Rahman vs S Bell 0-1301986British ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
6. S Le Blancq vs Z Rahman  0-1411986British ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Z Rahman vs Hodgson  1-0281986British ChampionshipB72 Sicilian, Dragon
8. A D Martin vs Z Rahman  1-0241986British ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
9. Z Rahman vs J C Hawksworth  0-1351986British ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
10. S J Roe vs Z Rahman  1-0321986British ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Z Rahman vs V Ravikumar  0-1571986British ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
12. M Lyell vs Z Rahman  1-0641986British ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
13. Z Rahman vs P Varley  1-0181986British ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
14. Z Rahman vs S Christopher  1-035198610th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC56 Two Knights
15. I Hamadto vs Z Rahman  0-1401986Dubai OlympiadC00 French Defense
16. Z Rahman vs R Stone  0-1591986Dubai OlympiadB44 Sicilian
17. J Schammo vs Z Rahman  ½-½271986Dubai OlympiadC17 French, Winawer, Advance
18. Z Rahman vs O Tonsingh  1-0461986Dubai OlympiadB33 Sicilian
19. Z Rahman vs H Urday  ½-½451986Dubai OlympiadB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
20. Malek Bukhari vs Z Rahman  ½-½291986Dubai OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Z Rahman vs V Kalinin ½-½471986Dubai OlympiadC18 French, Winawer
22. A Pyhala vs Z Rahman  ½-½511986Dubai OlympiadC02 French, Advance
23. Z Rahman vs A J Love  0-1351986Dubai OlympiadB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
24. A E Moussa vs Z Rahman  ½-½641986Dubai OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Z Rahman vs M Lodhi  0-1331987Asia-chTA15 English
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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:

Mar-06-10  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.
Aug-13-13  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.

Nov-16-15  TheFocus: This guy is either a noodle seller or a cheerleader.
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  Penguincw: Rahman won the Chittagong Samity Chess Competition.

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