Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vote for Me in CalChess Board of Directors Election

The election for CalChess Board of Directors will be held at 30th August 7 PM at Berkeley Chess School located at 1581 Le Roy Ave, Berkeley, California. You can find the announcement in CalChess website or in this link or simply read it below which I copied. 

If you are current member of CalChess and over 14 years of old, you are eligible for giving a vote. You have to make sure your membership didn't expire before August 30th 2014. You can check the membership list here. To give the vote you have to be physically present in that location that day.

If you are interested to run for the election yourself as one of the candidates, you will need to send an email to CalChess President Tom Langland. You should go through the updated CalChess ByLaws. And of course you have ask the voters to vote for you.

I have decided to run for the board this year. So I ask your vote. Now let me tell you what value I can add to the board. In fact when I emailed to apply for the position to Tom I offerred the below 6 items as how I can add value to the board. 
  1. Improving the CalChess Web Site
  2. Write article in CalChess Journal
  3. Chess Event Coverage
  4. Focus outside of Scholastic Chess
  5. Improve CalChess Social Web Presence
  6. Attracting Corporate World Into Chess

So while it will be a bit of drive for you, but I hope you will vote for me in this CalChess Board of Directors election as well as tell your friends to vote for me.

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CalChess 2014 Annual General Meeting Date Set
August 17, 2014
by Tom Langland

Greetings!

The CalChess Board of Directors has selected Saturday, August 30, 2014 as the date of the next CalChess Annual General Meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM. The location is still being determined but will either be at the Berkeley Chess School located at 1581 Le Roy Ave, Berkeley, California, or the Santa Clara Convention Center located at 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA. This will hopefully be in conjunction with the annual CalChess Labor Day State Open Championship Tournament held in Santa Clara.



During this meeting the elections for the CalChess Board of Directors will take place. Candidates and voters must be members in good standing to be placed on the ballot or to vote. Candidates and voters should review the CalChess Bylaws for eligibility.

Tom Langland
CalChess President
tom@calchess.org

BABA Newsletter August 2014 Published

It took me almost 3 days of work but finally I am done. We circulated BABA Newsletter August 2014 issue last night. Most of the time went on figuring out the format and then some time went on writing the small articles. I was initially using MS Word but found that at least the background color doesn't stay when I export it to a PDF. Hence I moved to Google Docs and it was quite convenient then.

The central piece of the newsletter was Shafieen being on the cover page of Chess Life. I also added Shahriar's Kachchi Biriyani recipe and BABA's upcoming concert news of SI Tutul.


Please Click here or the image above to download the issue.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

BABA Eid Reunion 2014 - S.I. Tutul Live In Convert


BABA (Bay Area Bangladesh Association: a non-profit, non-political and secular organization)

Dear Community Member,

It is our pleasure to invite you and your family to “BABA Eid Reunion Celebration”, with a cultural program featuring the famous Bangladeshi singer SI Tutul - live in concert, first time in the Bay Area! 
We would also like to introduce the famous director Khalid Mahmood Mithu, who will be with us on that day. His Movie “Jonakir Alo – Glow of The Firefly” was nominated for the World Premier this year. 


You Tube Link: SI Tutul
Jonakir Alo – Khalid Mahmood Mithu

Date & Time:
September 20 (Saturday), 2014; 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM – Social gathering and 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Musical event and other activities.


Venue:
Visual & Performing Arts Center, De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino CA 95014

Parking:
Free (In front and side parking lot of the VPAC Center)

Ticket & Booth: 
This is a reserved-seating event with individual seat number. We highly recommend you to purchase the tickets in advance. Children who won't be seated in adults lap, will require a seat. Food will be available for purchase.
 
Early Bird Special (Purchase your ticket by 09/10/2014):
Silver: $35 Gold: $50 Platinum: $100 

Ticket Price from 09/11/2014 to 09/20/2014:
Silver: $40 Gold: $55 Platinum: $105
Booth Price: $100 / booth

For Sponsor/Advertisement Table/booth (except food), please contact any one of the following BABA EC member:

For tickets and booth information please contact any one of the following BABA Executive Committee member:

Helal Chaudhury, helal2403@gmail.com , 916-868-5602
Quazi Shahriar Rahman, rahman_77@yahoo.com , 510-456-8465
Ananna Mohshin, ananna_2006@yahoo.com , 408-476-6442
Raisa Sultana (Mitu), raisasultana@hotmail.com , 510-449-2844
Ezazul Bhuiyan, ezaz_2000@yahoo.com , 408-505-2660 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event.

Thanks,

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ceaser in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I had a very high expectation from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes when I first saw the movie poster where Ceaser's face was portrayed with a look of a wise man (I mean ape)! So when I watched it the very first night it got released, I was stunned and speechless! It simply went on top of my imagination although I have seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes! Ceaser, the alpha Ape, is now my most favorite movie character (surpassing Hulk and if you include cartoon then will be only behind Lion-O of Thunder Cats). I have to exclude the book characters and nothing can make the same impression as the best books can! Its impossible. But even if I include book characters, I believe Ceaser will be in my top 10 list!



Well, its difficult to say which part I liked most, because I feel like I liked every second of the movie! Look at Ceaser's remarkable stand in front of his crowd. I see a leader who is shouldering the responsibility of the whole group to make a call. I see a mighty fighter who is in absolute control of his followers. I see a wise man who understands the power and strength can't be mis-used. I see a kind heart that is ready to help the weak.

These same things I have seen in Lion-O abundantly. Hulk is a lone fighter so I don't see it in him. Same applies to Batman or Spiderman or Superman or James Bond - the lone fighters can't really have that mass impacts on others. Optimus Prime of Transformers have some of these (although the tone of comedy takes away the emotional depth in most cases). Captain Krik of Star Trek has some of this.

I still hear the sigh and realization of Ceaser - “I always thought ape better than human […] I see now how much like them we are.” I am just looking for a scope to watch the movie again!

Update: Last weekend I watched it again - this time with my son Ahyan Zaman

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Team Previews

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Bought Honda Pilot Touring 2014

It has been a while since I last posted an entry in this blog. This is primarily because I got too much involved in chess activities for me and my son recently. But today I will take some time will update a few things that were in my mind for a while to do.


I bought Honda Pilot Touring 2014 at April 9th from Kastner Honda at Napa Valley. My wife was looking for the blue color which we couldn't find earlier in bay area. I went through true.com to get internet rates and finally got the color and price matching fine in Napa. Shahriar drive me in a weekday and we bought and drive back the car!

In the meantime, I got involved a bit with Bay Area Bangladesh Association (BABA) and we delivered our first cultural program of the year in March 29th bring Mila from Bangladesh for a Live Concert. We got well responses from the community and are planning on our next event.

In the meantime, I registered myself and Ahyan for the high stake chess tournament Millionaire Chess that will be held in Las Vegas this October. Ahyan won 5 nights hotel stay in lottery that will reduce my costing for this event. Being an early registrant, I just came to know last week that we both have been awarded the MC Lifetime VIP Membership from GM Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee, the partners of Millionaire Chess, LLC. I whole heartedly wish success to this event.

I sponsored my father in law and mother in law for US tourist Visa gtom Bangladesh and they got the 5 years multiple entry visa. They will be visiting next month.

As we got our green card last December (2013) Shusmita is now thinking if she should go back to work. Its a diillema for her because she doesn't want Suhaila to be missing the extra care that she could give by not working full time. But as Suhaila is going to pre-school, I guess she is finally thinking to make the move.











Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Became Runner in North American Open Chess Tournament 2013 in Las Vegas

I just have had a nice spring of tournaments at the end of 2013. First I was joint runner up in Tuesday Night Marathon Fall by defeating the then tournament leader Oleg Shakhnazarov.Then during Christmas break, I played in North American Open, Las Vegas and became sloe runner up in Under 1900 section bagging couple of thousand dollars.

Here are the games I played - 
  1. Round 1 won against John Hale
  2. Round 2 won against Ronald Morris
  3. Round 3 drew a winning rook end game against George Shan
  4. Round 4 won against Faisal Kaleem
  5. Round 5 drew a lost position against Olayemi Ogungbe
  6. Round 6 won against Justin Gomez
  7. Round 7 won against Kursat Karatas
As Sadiaa is visiting us from Boston, we made it a vacation plan. We first drive to Los Angeles renting a Chevy Tahoe 25th December. Saiful from San Diego joined us there. We stayed in LAX Marriott and visited Getty Institute next morning. Then we reached Bally's Las Vegas at 26th night where Zeeshan Bhai, Bhabi and their 5 kids joined the party.

Ahyan, Zayan and Raisah played in Under 1250 section while I played in Under 1900 (as my rating was 1882). I also met FIDE Master Mehdi Hasan Parag who came from Bangladesh and played in Open section scoring 4 out of 9 games. His current FIDE rating is 2285 and so he was expecting to play in Under 2300 section. However, he found at the very last moment that his USCF rating is 2302 and hence he was the lat seed in the open section. He was accompanied by Rifat Halim bhai who was playing in Under 1500 section coming from Florida. I and Rifat Bhai are trying to see how we can use Parag's chess talent to increase Bangladeshi chess players presence in the top boards of chess tournaments in USA.

Last year in this same tournament Ashfaq, Shumi, Sadiaa were also there with us. That time my rating was 1987 and I have lost more than 100 rating points over a year. However, last couple of months I am swinging back the ladder again and this time with the perofrmance in Las Vegas my rating in January 2014 has become 1990! You can see the final standings if you click the Under 1900 section link here -


To my astonishment, I saw the announcement of GM Maurice Ashley's Millionaire Open Chess when I came back to Fremont at 30th December. We came back earlier than New Year's Eve to have 31st night party in Sumit Bhai's house with all our close family friends.

I have registered for the Millionaire Chess Tournament already that will be help during October 9th to 13th in Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas (which is adjacent to Bally's where I just played North American Open 2 consecutive years now). I am very hopeful about this tournament and Ahyan will also play in the Under 1000 section.

I started a thread in chess.com to promote this event and I am nervous about actually meeting the 1500 registrations by 31st March. GM Ashley has already handled a half million dollar Chess Tournament (HB Golbal in 2005 at Minneapolis) and I trust his calculations and capability in this regard. I wish success to this even whole-heartedly as it will be a great win for the game of Chess in USA.

I also played Bay Area International Amateur section (1800-2199 USCF rating group) last weekend scoring an average 4 out of 6. My immediate next targets are Golden State Open tournament that will be held in Concord, California (BART accessible from my home) in Under 2200 section and Foxwoods Open in Connecticut at 24th to 26th January in Under 2000 section. I will meeting Parag and Rifat Bhai there in Foxwoods who will also be playing that tournament.