Wednesday, November 22, 2017

FIDE Mondays 11/20/2017

On Monday, this game was played at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Paulsen Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Victor Ying (USCF 2140), Marshall Chess Club 11/20/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 g6 6.O-O Bg7 7.Nb3 Ne7 8.c4 O-O 9.Nc3 d5

10.cxd5 exd5 11.exd5 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 Qxd5 13.Qe2 Nc6, draw.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Marshall November Under 2300 11/19/2017

On Sunday, I drew this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: English Opening, Symmetrical Variation

Niklas Breskin (USCF 2016) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 11/19/2017

1.c4 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.O-O e6 6.Nc3 Nge7 7.d3 O-O 8.Bd2 d5 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Rc1 b6 11.Nxd5 exd5 12.Bg5 Qd7 13.Qd2 Bb7 14.Bh6 d4 15.Bxg7 Kxg7

16.a3 a5 17.Qc2 Rfe8 18.Rfe1 Rad8 19.Qb3 Qc7 20.Qb5 Ra8 21.Qa4 Re7 22.Rc2 Rae8 23.Rec1 Rxe2 24.Nxd4 Rxc2 25.Nxc2 Rd8 26.d4 Qd6

27.Qc4 cxd4 28.Nxd4 Qxd4 29.Bxc6 Qxc4 30.Rxc4, draw.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Marshall November Under 2300 11/18/2017

On Saturday, I won this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Accelerated Fianchetto

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Jack Yang (USCF 1704), Marshall Chess Club 11/18/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 a5 9.f3 a4 10.Nxa4 Rxa4 11.Bxa4 Qa5+ 12.c3 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 e5 14.Be3 d5

15.Bc2 Rd8 16.exd5 Nxd5 17.Qe2 Nf4 18.Bxf4 exf4 19.Rd1 Bd7 20.Rxd7, Black resigns.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pix from FIDE Mondays 11/13/2017

On Monday, I snapped these photos at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Pix from Saturday Game/60 11/11/2017

Look at these pictures taken by me during Saturday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kasparov on Fake Money

In an interview, Garry Kasparov compares cryptocurrency to "fake money."

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Million Dollars to Success Academy for Chess

[Photo by Marcus Santos]

Philanthropist Dan Feinberg [pictured] has donated a million dollars to Success Academy for new chess programs.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

FIDE Mondays 11/13/2017

Last night, I won this game at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Anthony Kozikowski (USCF 2011), Marshall Chess Club 11/13/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Be7 8.f4 b5 9.Be3 O-O 10.O-O b4 11.Na4 d5 12.e5 Nfd7 13.c3 a5 14.Rc1 Bb7

15.f5 Nxe5 16.fxe6 Nc4 17.exf7+ Rxf7 18.Bxc4 dxc4 19.Rxf7 Kxf7 20.Qh5+ Kg8 21.Ne6 Qd7 22.Nac5 Bxc5 23.Nxc5 Qe7 24.Bf2 g6 25.Qg4 Bd5 26.Re1 Qf8 27.Bd4 Nc6 28.Nd7 Qf7 29.Nf6+ Kf8

30.Rf1 h5 31.Nxh5 Qxf1+ 32.Kxf1 gxh5 33.Qg7+ Ke8 34.Qh8+, Black resigns.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Marshall Saturday Game/60 11/11/2017

These games were played by me in Saturday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: French Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Jack Levine (USCF 1987), Marshall Chess Club 11/11/2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d3 Nf6 6.d4 d5 7.Bd3 Bd6 8.O-O O-O 9.Nc3 h6 10.Re1 c6 11.h3 Re8 12.Bd2 Nbd7

13.Rxe8+ Qxe8 14.Qe1 Nf8 15.Qxe8 Nxe8 16.Re1 Be6 17.Ne5 f6 18.Ng6 Nxg6 19.Bxg6 Bf7 20.Bxf7+ Kxf7 21.Ne2 Nc7 22.Bf4 Bxf4 23.Nxf4 Re8 24.Rxe8 Nxe8 25.f3 g5 26.Nd3 Nd6 27.Kf2 h5 28.g4 hxg4 29.hxg4 a5 30.a4 Ke7

31.b3 b6 32.Ke3 Ke6 33.f4 Ne4 34.fxg5 fxg5 35.c4 Kd6 36.cxd5 cxd5 37.Ne5 Ke6 38.Nf3 Kd6 39.Ne5 Ke6 40.Nc6 Kd6 41.Na7 Kd7 42.Nb5 Kc6 43.Na7+ Kb7 44.Nb5 Kc6, draw.

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Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Macrina Lobo (USCF 1847) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 11/11/2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 dxe4 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Nxg6 Nf6 9.Qe5+ Kf7 10.Bc4+ Kg7 11.Bh6+ Kxh6 12.Nxh8 Bb4+ 13.c3 Qxh8 14.cxb4 Qf8

15.Qf4+ Kg6 16.Qg3+ Bg4 17.a3 Qd6 18.Qxd6 cxd6 19.h3 Bc8 20.Kd2 d5 21.Bb3 Nc6 22.Ke3 Be6 23.Rac1 a6 24.Rc2 h5 25.Rg1 Ne7 26.Rd2 Rc8 27.Kf4 Kf7 28.g4 hxg4 29.hxg4 Ng6+ 30.Kg5 e3 31.Bc2 exd2 32.Bxg6+ Kg7 33.Rd1 Bxg4 34.Rxd2 Bf3

35.Bf5 Rc1 36.Kf4 Be4 37.Bxe4 Nxe4 38.Re2 Rc7 39.Ke5 Nf6 40.Kf5 Rf7 41.f3 Ng8+ 42.Kg4 Nh6+ 43.Kg3 Nf5+ 44.Kg4 Nxd4 45.Rd2 Nf5 46.f4 Ne7 47.Rd4 Kf6 48.a4 Rg7+ 49.Kf3 Rg3+ 50.Kf2 Rb3 51.b5 Rxb2+ 52.Kf3 axb5 53.axb5 Rxb5

54.Ke2 Nf5 55.Rd2 d4 56.Kd3 Rb3+ 57.Kc4 Rc3+ 58.Kb5 Rf3 59.Kb6 Rxf4 60.Kxb7 Ke5 61.Kc6 Ke4 62.Kc5 d3 63.Kc4 Ke3+ 64.Kc3 Rc4+ 65.Kxc4 Kxd2 66.Kb3 Ke2 67.Kc3 d2, White resigns.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

"LA Times" Review of Rock Opera "Chess"

Cris Gross reviews Chess which opens tonight at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.