Tuesday, August 4, 2015

"Winter is Coming" in October

In October, Garry Kasparov's new book Winter is Coming will be released.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Marshall August Grand Prix 8/2/2015

With a perfect score, GM Alexander Ivanov [pictured] won the August Grand Prix tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Five: King's Indian Defense, Fianchetto Variation

John Walton (USCF 1769) - Jim West (USCF 2206), Marshall Chess Club 8/2/2015

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.O-O Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Qc2 c6 10.Rd1 Qc7 11.e4 a5 12.h3 Re8 13.Be3 Bf8 14.a3 b6 15.Rac1 Ba6

16.Qb3 Nc5 17.Bxc5 bxc5 18.Qa2 Rab8 19.Ne1 Nh5 20.Nd3 Ng7 21.b4 cxb4 22.axb4 Bxb4 23.Nxb4 Rxb4 24.Na4 Ne6 25.c5 Nd4 26.Nb6 Ne2+ 27.Kh2 Nxc1 28.Rxc1 Rb5 29.Rd1 Bc8 30.Qa3 Be6 31.Bf1 Rxb6 32.cxb6 Qxb6 33.Qc3 Qxf2+ 34.Bg2 Qe2

35.Rd6 Bxh3 36.Rd2 Qg4 37.Bxh3 Qxe4 38.Bg2 Qb4 39.Qxc6 Qxd2 40.Qxe8+ Kg7 41.Qxe5+ Kg8 42.Qe8+ Kg7 43.Qe5+ Kf8 44.Qh8+ Ke7 45.Qe5+ Kf8 46.Qh8+ Ke7 47.Qe5+ Kf8 48.Qh8+, draw.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Marshall August Grand Prix 8/1/2015

On Saturday, I played this game at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jonathan Maxwell (USCF 2067) - Jim West (USCF 2206), Marshall Chess Club 8/1/2015

1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.O-O Bg7 5.d3 e6 6.Nbd2 Nge7 7.e4 O-O 8.c3 d6 9.Re1 Rb8 10.a4 a6 11.Nf1 e5 12.h4 h5 13.Bg5 Qc7 14.Qd2 b5

15.axb5 axb5 16.Bh6 b4 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Ne3 bxc3 19.bxc3 Bd7 20.d4 exd4 21.cxd4 cxd4 22.Nxd4 Ne5 23.Nef5+ Nxf5 24.Nxf5+ Bxf5 25.exf5 Rbd8 26.Rec1 Qd7 27.fxg6 Qf5 28.Rc7 Qxg6 29.Bd5 Rc8 30.Raa7 Rxc7 31.Rxc7 Qg4

32.Kg2 Ng6 33.Qb2+ Kg8 34.Qf6 Nh8 35.Rc4 Qg6 36.Qf3 Kg7 37.Rf4 f5 38.Qd3 Qf6 39.Qd1 Ng6 40.Rb4 f4 41.Qxh5 fxg3 42.Rb7+ Ne7 43.Qg5+ Qxg5 44.hxg5 Rxf2+ 45.Kxg3 Re2 46.Kf4 Re5 47.Bb3 Kf8

48.Rb8+ Kg7 49.Rd8 Nd5+ 50.Bxd5 Rxd5 51.Kg4 Rd1 52.Kf5 Rf1+ 53.Ke6 Re1+, draw.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

7 Grandmasters to Play in 2015 NJ Open

                                    Joel Benjamin

                                   Alexander Stripunsky

                                   Michael Rohde

                                   John Fedorowicz

                                   Maxim Dlugy

                                   Alexander Fishbein

                                   Mackenzie Molner

The above seven grandmasters will be playing in the 2015 New Jersey Open.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Gender Gap in Chess

[photo by Willis Ryder Arnold]

At the New Yorker Open in 2011, I lost games to WFM Hana Itkis and WFM Amanda Mateer.

So I know firsthand that there is no gender gap in playing strength.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Westfield Quads 7/26/2015

On Sunday, I played this game at the quads in Westfield.

Round Three: French Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Michael Yen (USCF 2139), Westfield NJ 7/26/2015

1.e4 e6 2.d3 c5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O Nge7 7.Nbd2 d6 8.a4 Rb8 9.Re1 a6 10.c3 b5 11.axb5 axb5 12.h4 b4 13.Qc2 Qc7 14.Nc4 O-O 15.Bd2 Bd7

16.h5 Rb7 17.h6 Bh8 18.Bf4 e5 19.Bd2 Rfb8 20.Reb1 Be6 21.Ng5 Bxc4 22.dxc4 bxc3 23.bxc3 Rb6 24.Bf1 Bf6 25.Nf3 Kf8 26.Rxb6 Qxb6 27.Ng5 Kg8 28.Nf3 Na5 29.Qd3 Nc8 30.Bh3 Na7 31.Kh2 Be7 32.Bg5 Bf8

33.Rd1 Qb3 34.Bf1 Qa2 35.Rd2 Qa3 36.Rc2 Nc8 37.Bc1 Qa4 38.Qe2 Nb3 39.Bg5 Ne7 40.Ra2 Qd7 41.Bh3 Qc7 42.Rb2 Nc6 43.Qc2 Nba5 44.Rxb8 Qxb8 45.Bd7 Qb7 46.Bxc6 Qxc6 47.Kg2 Qb7 48.Qd3 Qb3 49.Nd2 Qa2

50.Bf6 Nb3 51.Nxb3 Qxb3 52.Bg7 Qb6 53.Bxf8 Kxf8 54.Qd5 Ke7 55.Qa8, draw.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Rahway Swiss 7/25/2015

At the Chess Mates blog, I have posted pictures from Saturday's tournament.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pix from Marshall Masters 7/21/2015

During Tuesday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club, I took these pictures.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Garry Who?

Garry Kasparov's name has been removed from the record book of a Russian sports club.