Sunday, April 5, 2020

Chess Movie: "Critical Thinkimg"

[image by Prism Media Group]

Actor John Leguizamo is the director.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

"NY Times" Obituary for Arianne Caoili

Arianne Caoili [pictured] was a chess master and wife to a grandmaster.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Thursday Night Action, 4/2/2020

On Thursday, I drew this game in the Marshall Chess Club on-line tournament.

Sicilian Defense, Taimanov Variation

JimWest ( 1859) - EthanKozowerjk ( 1612), 4/2/2020

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nb5 d6 6.Bf4 e5 7.Be3 a6 8.N5c3 Nf6 9.Bg5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Bc4 O-O 12.O-O Be6 13.Bb3 Rc8 14.Nd5 Nd4 15.Nbc3 Nxb3 16.axb3 g6

17.Qf3 Bg7 18.Rfd1 f5 19.Qe2 fxe4 20.Qxe4 Bf5 21.Qe2 Qg5 22.f4 exf4 23.Ne7+ Kh8 24.Nxc8 Bg4 25.Qd3 Bxd1 26.Rxd1 f3 27.Rd2 Rxc8 28.Ne4 Qe5 29.Qxf3 Rf8

30.Qxd3 Qxb2 31.Nxd6 Qc1+ 32.Rd1 Qb2 33.Nc4, draw.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Distant Opposition

Chess players in the park practice social distancing.

Don't forget today's date!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Marshall Sunday Game/50, 3/29/2020

On Sunday, I played this game in the Marshall Chess Club on-line tournament.

Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation

JimWest ( 1859) - danilattack ( 1605), 3/29/2020

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 d6 9.f3 Bd7 10.Qd2 a5 11.a4 Rc8 12.h4 Ne5

13.h5 Nxh5 14.g4 Nf6 15.Bh6 Qb6 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Qh6+ Kg8 18.Nd5, Black resigns.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Marshall Saturday Game/50, 3/28/2020

On Saturday, I won this game in the Marshall Chess Club on-line tournament.

Sicilian Defense, Paulsen Variation

JimWest ( 1909) - XiaoMoMo ( 1221), 3/28/2020

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.O-O Be7 7.c4 d6 8.Nc3 Nbd7 9.Be3 O-O 10.Rc1 Ne5 11.Be2 Qc7 12.b3 b6 13.f3 Bb7 14.Qd2 Rac8 15.Rfd1 Rfd8 16.Bf1 d5

17.cxd5 exd5 18.Nxd5 Qd6 19.Rxc8 Bxc8 20.Nxe7+ Qxe7 21.Nf5 Qd7 22.Qxd7 Rxd7 23.Rxd7 Bxd7 24.Bxb6 Bb5 25.Bxb5 axb5 26.a4 b4 27.a5 Ned7 28.Ne7+ Kf8 29.Nc6 Ke8 30.Nxb4 Nxb6 31.axb6 Kd7

32.Kf2 Kc8 33.Ke3 Kb7 34.Kd4 Nd7 35.Nd5 Kc6 36.h4 h5 37.g4 g6 38.gxh5 gxh5 39.f4 f6 40.e5 fxe5+ 41.fxe5 Nc5 42.Kc4 Ne6 43.b4 Kb7 44.b5 Kc8 45.Nf6 Kb7 46.Nxh5 Kxb6 47.Nf6 Nc7 48.Nd5+ Kb7 49.Nxc7 Kxc7

50.h5 Kd7 51.Kd5 Ke7 52.b6 Kd8 53.Kc6 Kc8 54.h6 Kb8 55.h7 Ka8 56.h8=Q#.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

GM Krush Diagnosed with COVID-19

Grandmaster Irina Krush [pictured] is taking hydroxychloroquine tablets.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

GM Overlooks Back Rank Mate

Michael O'Connor [pictured, third from left] sends this on-line game which Joe Salvatore [pictured, fourth from left] won against a grandmaster.

Colle System

Kosanovic (2289) - JoJo61 (1536) [D05] Rated game, 3 min Main Playing Hall, 26.03.2020 

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 e6 4.Nbd2 Bd6 5.Bd3 O-O 6.O-O c6 7.b3 Nbd7 8.Bb2 b5 9.c4 bxc4 10.bxc4 Ba6 11.Qc2 Rb8 

12.Rfb1 Bc7 13.Ne5 Nxe5 14.dxe5 Ne4 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.Bxe4 g6 17.Bxc6 Qg5 18.f4 Qg4 19.Bf3 Qh4 20.Bd4 Rxb1+ 21.Rxb1 Rb8

22.Rb3 Bb6 23.c5 Qe1#.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Thursday Night Action, 3/26/2020

On Thursday, this game was played in the Marshall Chess Club on-line tournament.

Pirc Defense

che8642 ( 1477) - JimWest ( 1907), 3/26/2020

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 c6 5.Qd2 b5 6.h4 h5 7.f3 Nbd7 8.Be2 Nb6 9.Nh3 b4 10.Nd1 a5 11.Nhf2 Bg7 12.g4 hxg4 13.fxg4 d5 14.e5 Ne4

15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.h5 Nd5 17.Bg5 f6 18.exf6 exf6 19.Bh4 gxh5 20.gxh5 Bh6 21.Ne3 Nxe3 22.Bd1 Nxd1 23.Qxd1 Be6 24.Rf1 Rf8 25.c3 Qe7 26.Qe2 Bd5 27.Rf2 e3 28.Rh2 Qe6 29.a3 bxc3 30.bxc3 Bf4

31.O-O-O Bxh2 32.Qxh2 e2 33.Re1 Qe3+ 34.Kc2 Be4+ 35.Kb2 Qd2+ 36.Ka1 Qxc3+ 37.Ka2 Kd7 38.Qxe2 Bd5+ 39.Kb1 Rab8+ 40.Qb2 Qxb2#.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

"NY Post" Article on Park Chess Players

[photo by Rashid Umar Abbasi]

How is COVID-19 affecting chess players at Washington Square Park and Union Square Park?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Marshall Sunday Game/50, 3/22/2020

On Sunday, I won this game in the Marshall Chess Club on-line tournament.

Philidor Counter Gambit

aditeyadas ( 1149) - JimWest ( 1876), 3/22/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.exf5 Bxf5 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.d3 c6 7.O-O d5 8.Bb3 Bd6 9.Bg5 O-O 10.Re1 Bg4 11.Ne4 Kh8 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Nxd6 Qxd6 14.h3 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 Nd7

16.Rad1 Nc5 17.d4 Nxb3 18.axb3 e4 19.Qg3 Qxg3 20.fxg3 f5 21.Rf1 Kg7 22.Rf4 Rf6 23.Rdf1 Raf8 24.c4 a6 25.c5 h5 26.h4 Kg6 27.b4 Kh6 28.b3 Rg8 29.Kh2 Rfg6 30.Rxf5 Rxg3 31.Rf6+ R3g6 32.Rxg6+ Rxg6

33.Rf7 Rg7 34.Rf6+ Kh7 35.Rf5 Kg6 36.Rg5+ Kh6 37.Rf5 Re7 38.Rf2 e3 39.Re2 Re4 40.g3 Rxd4 41.Rxe3 Rxb4 42.Re6+ Kg7 43.Re5 Kg6 44.Re6+ Kf5 45.Rh6 Rxb3 46.Rxh5+ Kg6 47.Rg5+ Kh6 48.Re5 a5

49.Re7 a4 50.Re8 a3 51.Ra8 Rc3 52.Ra7 Rxc5 53.Rxa3 c5 54.Rb3 d4 55.Rd3 Rd5 56.g4 b5 57.Kg3 c4 58.g5+ Kh5 59.Rd2 d3 60.Kf3 c3 61.Rd1 d2 62.Ke2 b4 63.Rg1 c2 64.g6 d1=Q+ 65.Rxd1 cxd1=Q+, White resigns.